HMAS CHOULES VISITS MELBOURNE 28 September 2018

We are very excited to announce the visit of HMAS Choules. It will be berthed at Station Pier, Port Melbourne from 28  September to 1 October 2018 and open to the public on 30 September from 1300-1600. 

 

HMAS WARRAMUNGA VISITS MELBOURNE 19 October 2018

This ANZAC Class Frigate will be at Station Pier, Port Melbourne from 19-22 October. Watch this space for further details.

 

UNVEILING OF THE POINT LONSDALE PLAQUE 6 October 2018

On Saturday 6th October at 2pm in Point Lonsdale, a bronze plaque will be unveiled by the Queenscliffe Historical Museum  – the result of their fundraising project to provide information for locals and visitors as to how the name Lonsdale came to be applied to that point at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay in 1836.  

As HMS Rattlesnake, commanded by CAPT Hobson, was responsible for that naming, after his RN crew’s survey of the bay in 1836.   This was first time the name ”Lonsdale” was used to designate a major geographical point in the  Port Phillip District.    

Hobson had brought Lonsdale to Port Phillip on the instructions of General Sir Richard Bourke, Governor of NSW,  as the Governor’s choice to serve as the inaugural “General Agent of Government Port Phillip District”, a role he held for three years until the arrival of Superintendent Latrobe in 1839.   Latrobe and Lonsdale became good friends Lonsdale serving on as Police Magistrate and in 1842 received a magnificent gift of a “chest of silver” all pieces heavily inscribed  expressing the settlers’ appreciation feelings for his three years of outstanding service in the new Port Phillip District colony.

Cecilia Newman the GGG Daughter of Capt Wm Lonsdale will unveil the plaque.

NLA members are welcome to attend this ceremony.  For further information, go to http://www.historyofqueenscliffe.com/history-week.html 

 

CRESWELL ORATION 2019

The Creswell Oration is the major event of the year for the NLA Vic-Tas Division, which is arranged in conjunction with the Victorian organisations NOC, NAA & NHS. It is a great time to catch up with friends and hear the latest Royal Australian Navy news.

On Friday 1 March 2019, Rear Admiral Gregory John Sammut is our guest speaker.  Greg Sammut served as the commanding officer of the Collins class submarine, HMAS Farncomb for which he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2001. 

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2016 for exceptional performance of duty as the Head Future Submarine program, the Director General Submarine Capability and the Director Submarine and Specialist Ship Development. 

He is a graduate of both the Royal Australian Navy Staff College and the US Naval Command College in Rhode Island. Rear Admiral Sammut also holds a masters degree in business administration.

We look forward to hearing his Oration,  More details will be provided shortly.