From Church to Chapel


A book from Norm Rivett deals with the history of the chapel on Garden island, Sydney.

The chapel’s use dates back to 1902 and it has been developed and enhanced many times since then; so much so that the chapel is a most historic place. As Norm himself says in the Preface to the book, “A great amount of Naval history is enshined within this modest, homely Chapel and much that is worthy of explanation, which is the purpose of this book”.

“Norm has a passion for the Island’s history and a particularly love of the chapel. His deep feeling for the chapel comes through in this work. An uplifting read.”

LCDR Ron Robb, RAN (Rtd).

“… Norm has, with dignity, remarkable understanding and insight captured the essence of the chapel from both a human and historical perspective.”

Reverend Dr. Gareth Clayton, OAM, MA, Principal Chaplain, RANR

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Book Review: This book was reviewed in the March 2011 edition of the Naval Historical Review; you can read a copy of the review here.

You might also be interested in: Drawing on his engineering background, Norm Rivett has also authored a monograph entitled “The Naval Steam Reciprocating Engine”. Copies are available from the Society for $5.