HMAS CANBERRA


This site is dedicated to all the Royal Australian Navy personnel who have served in HMAS CANBERRA

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HMAS CANBERRA (1) from the 9th 0f July 1928 until she was sunk off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.

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HMAS CANBERRA (2) from the 21st of March 1981 until the Decommissioning on the 12th of November 2005.

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HMAS CANBERRA (3) commissioning at Fleet Base East in Sydney, Australia in 2014.

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HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Updated: 10 October 2012

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (WA Division) Inc

Great News! The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE ASSOCIATION (WA DIVISION) INC. was officially incorporated by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia on the 03 October 2012.

It was 40 years ago in 1972 when Arthur Carter formed the original Western Australian Division of the Association; it is now up to us to carry on the fine traditions of Association established by the HMAS CANBERRA 1 and HMAS SHROPSHIRE Ships Company’s.

The e HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE ASSOCIATION (WA DIVISION) INC will be open for membership in the near future.

I found this in the PORTHOLE MK II 1966 Publication and thought it was very fitting as we move forward with the Association. It really says it all about the people who served in HMAS CANBERRA 1&2 and HMAS SHROPSHIRE.

In his “foreword” to “PORTHOLE”, the Shropshire Book written in 1945. Captain Nichols emphasised that hard work, goodwill and the co-operation of all on board are called for to make and keep a ship both efficient and happy.

On looking back over their experiences of a quarter of a century ago, the members of the Canberra- Shropshire Association would, I am confident, agree to this proposition. And the sentiments so expressed may perhaps summed up in the word “Comradeship” a happy, personal relationship between shipmates for the benefit for all.

The importance of maintaining such comradeship commenced in war, with what is called “peace time” is self-evident and a ship’s Association such as our own is the outstanding medium, through which such comradeship can be fostered and continued… H.B. Farncomb 18th May 1966

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
(WA Division) Inc

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NAVY Club Fremantle WA - Newsletter Oct 2012

The home of the HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association in Western Australia.

NAVY Club Fremantle - Newsletter Oct 2012

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (Victorian Division)

Newsletter

The Victorian Division Newsletter HMAS SHROPSHIRE TIMES for September 2012...More

Editor R.W. Ron Russell

LCDR M.J ( Mac) Gregory RAN (Ret)
President
HMAS Canberra - HMAS Shropshire Association – Vic Division

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (NSW Division)

Newsletter

The NSW Division Newsletter for the 2012 Annual Reunion and Annual General Meeting...More

Chris Johnston
President
HMAS Canberra - HMAS Shropshire Association – NSW Division

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MAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (WA Division) Inc

Association Meeting Minutes 18 Aug 20

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The WA Division of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association has expanded the Executive Committee to form a excellent team to move the Association forward in Western Australia

The Executive Committee

President Lee Webster
Vice President Wade Green
Secretary David Shine
Treasurer Greg Brumby
Membership Secretary Mark Bohle

 

The Committee:

John Scarfe  
Teresa Blackman  
Ray Graham  

The Committee is being advised by 2 former Presidents of the Association and WW2 veterans, Mr Bill Kynaston and Jack Gallagher.

In addition to the personnel above the following people attended the WA Division meeting:

  • Tony Robinson
    Allister Daish
    Wayne Falkner
    Donovan Yates

The WA Division of the Association will be fully operational and incorporated to accept new membership by September 2012.

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
(WA Division)

0431 547 527

Email:       webmaster@hmascanberra.com
Internet:  www.hmascanberra.com

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The HMAS Canberra HMAS Shropshire Association WA Division will be holding a meeting at the Navy Club in Fremantle on Saturday 18 August 2012 at 1100 hrs all interested personnel are invited to attend.

www.navyclub.com.au

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Memorial Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 (NSW) - 12 August 2012

A Memorial Service for HMAS Canberra 1 at Garden Island Naval Chapel at HMAS KUTTABUL on Sunday 12 August 2012, it was a excellent Service that was organised by the NSW Division of the Association and lead by the President Mr Chris Johnston.

The service was conducted by Principal Chaplain Gareth Clayton OAM and music was provided by the RAN Band, on completion a Wreath Laying Ceremony was conducted at the Cruiser Memorial at Garden Island.

The Service was attended by RADM Guy Griffiths RAN (Ret), Commodore RC Swan RAN (Ret) 4 x HMAS CANBERRA 1 Veterans and many family and friends of survivors and men who were lost in HMAS CANBERRA,

HMAS CANBERRA 1 Survivor George Faulkner recalled the Canberra and the many great shipmates he had on the ship.

HMAS CANBERRA 2 was represented by 2 Commissioning Crew, Lee Webster and Phil McDonald.

 


 

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Wreath Laying Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 (WA) - 09 August 2012

The Wreath Laying Ceremony to mark the 70th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS CANBERRA 1 at the State War Memorial at Kings Park was excellent, many thanks to everyone who supported the event.

In particular I wish to thank the Warden and Deputy Wardens of the Memorial, the US Consulate General for Perth, the Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, the Naval Association of Australia, the RSLHQ for WA, the Navy Club Fremantle, members of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division,

Mr Ernie Rutland the only known survivor of HMAS CANBERRA 1 living in WA and 2 x members of the HMAS SHROPSHIRE and family and friends, it was great to see many HMAS CANBERRA 2 sailors in attendance, 48 people attended the Ceremony and many members of the public looked on, the location and the weather was just perfect. It was a fitting way to remember the sacrifice made by the brave men in HMAS CANBERRA at the Battle of Savo 70 years ago.

"Lest we Forget"

 


 

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HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (SA Division)

On the eve of the 70th Anniversary of HMAS CANBERRA 1 Loss at SAVO Island the South Australian Division of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association is about to wind up.

A Special General Meeting has been called for the 6th of August 2012 to wind up the Association at RSL Headquarters at Torrens Parade Ground at 1330.

The War War 2 veterans running the Association are winding up it due to the old age and illness of the members.

It is important that  HMAS Canberra 2 personnel join the HMAS Canberra - HMAS Shropshire Association, and support our forebears and carry on the fine traditions established by HMAS Canberra 1.

The Association in WA has been reactivated and it has been a great pleasure to be Associated with the WW 2 veterans and assist them as a part of the Navy Family to attend Anzac Day and Memorial Services.

Request any former HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ships Company that live in South Australia and may be able to assist in keeping the Association afloat to please contact me via email or on my mobile.

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
(WA Division)

0431 547 527

Email:       webmaster@hmascanberra.com
Internet:  www.hmascanberra.com

Special General Meeting - Adelaide PDF

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National Memorial Services for HMAS CANBERRA 1

Memorial Services will be conducted nationally in August 2012 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the loss of the Ship and 84 members of the Ships Company at the Battle of Savo Island in 1942.

Canberra, ACT

Location:      HMAS CANBERRA Memorial located on Wendouree Drive in Parkes        

Date:             Saturday, 04 August 2012

Time:             1100 Hrs

This event is sponsored by the Naval Association of Australia (NAA) ACT Section. Should any
personnel in the Canberra region wish to participate in the Memorial Service, the NAA, along
with HMAS HARMAN, would welcome their attendance.

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Sydney, NSW

Location:     Garden Island Chapel

Date:             Sunday, 12 August 2012

Time:            TBC

This year will be a memorable one as it will be 70 years since that fateful night in August
1942 when HMAS Canberra met an overwhelming force off Savo Island and was
eventually sunk along with 84 of her crew. We will commemorate this occasion at the
chapel at Garden Island with many dignitaries on 12 August.

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Perth, WA

Location:              State War Memorial, Kings Park Perth WA

Date:                     Thursday, 09 August 2012

Time:                      1030 Hrs

All HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association members and HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ships Company are requested to attend this important occassion, please email me if you wish to attend at webmaster@hmascanberra.com

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The Wreath Laying Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the loss of the ship has been organised as follows:

Location:              State War Memorial, Kings Park Perth WA

Date:                     Thursday, 09 August 2012

Time:                      1030 Hrs

Participants:      

The Commanding Officer HMAS STIRLING
The U.S. Consulate General Perth
State President of the Naval Association (WA Section)
Representative of the RSLHQ WA, Warden and Sub Wardens from the Highgate RSL
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division
Former Members of HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ships Company

Dress:                   Uniforms with Medals or Neat Casual with Medals

A self-funded function will be held at Frasers Restaurant on completion, please let me know your attendance so that we have the number of people attending.

I strongly recommend that all HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association members and HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ships Company attend this important occassion, please email me if you wish to attend at webmaster@hmascanberra.com

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
(WA Division)

0431 547 527

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The HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division has a new home at the Navy Club in Fremantle. http://www.navyclub.com.au/

The Navy Club in Fremantle is home to many Ship Associations in WA including the HMAS PERTH and HMAS SYDNEY Associations.

The Association has a permanent booking for a monthly meeting which will take place on the third Saturday of each month commencing at 1100 on Saturday 18th of August 2012.

http://www.navyclub.com.au/index.php/events

The Team at the Navy Club have extended the Association a warm welcome, Fremantle is a excellent central location that historically to HMAS CANBERRA 1 & 2 have links to.

HMAS CANBERRA 1 first port of call in Australia after commissioning was Fremantle in 1929, HMAS CANBERRA 2 last port of call was Fremanle in 2005.

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Banner lives on in Queensland

Former HMAS Canberra (2) Sailor keeps the tradition alive.

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association in Queensland disbanded in 2006, since then former HMAS Canberra (2) sailor Christine Howitt ( nee Mann) has been carrying the banner with the local Scout Unit, unfortuately no WW 2 veterans marched this year.

Christine Howitt and her daughter proudly display the HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Queensland Banner - Anzac Day in Brisbane 2012

Chris served in HMAS Canberra in 1994 and was one of the first female sailors to serve in the ship.

Chris is another HMAS Canberra sailor that understands and demonstrates her commitment to the fine traditions of the RAN in remembering the contributions of the men who served in HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS SHROPSHIRE " Lest we Forget"

Luke "Whips" Leather is currently looking for ex - HMAS Canberra (2) personnel in Queensland to reactivate the Association in Queensland, if you are interested please contact him via his email

aquatude-luke@bigpond.com

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ANZAC DAY 2012 - Perth WA

HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division

The HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association marched on ANZAC Day in Perth for the first time since 2008, 31 personnel marched which included former HMAS Canberra (2) Ships Company in addition to 2 x HMAS SHROPSHIRE WW2 Veterans and family members.

The march was lead by Commander Teresa Blackman RANR who served in HMAS Canberra - Operation Damask VI 92-93, the Banner was carried by Lee" Bickies" Webster and Wade Wag" Green. The HMAS Shropshire WW2 veterans Jack Gallagher and Bill Kynaston lead the HMAS Canberra 2 ships company.

 

 

 


 

Many Thanks to everyone who attended, It was a wonderful day and it was great catching up with everyone.

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee “Bickies” Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association – WA Division

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ANZAC DAY 2012 - Perth WA

HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division

Hi Team,

Many Thanks for supporting the HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association this ANZAC Day, 28 x former HMAS Canberra (2) Ships Company have indicated they will be marching in addition to 2 x HMAS SHROPSHIRE WW2 Veterans.

Please find the ANZAC DAY 2012 - Order of March for Perth attached, this has all the planning information required for the Anzac Day 2012 March.

The forming area for the march is on the corner of St Georges Terrace and William Street; I recommend we form up by 0915 as the march off time will be at 0930 hrs  (look for the HMAS CANBERRA – HMAS SHROPSHIRE Banner.)

The HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association is contingent Number 30 and we will be marching astern of the Naval Association and other ship Associations.

The plan is to meet at the Lucky Shag Bar at the Barrack Street Jetty on completion of the ANZAC Day March and Service. http://www.luckyshagbar.com.au/

Please let me know if you require any further information.

I look forward to catching up on the day.

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee “Bickies” Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association – WA Division

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HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division

 

Past meets Present.

Past Presidents of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division, Mr Bill Kynaston and Mr Jack Gallagher met with the current President Lee Webster and Vice President Wade Green to discuss the ANZAC Day March in Perth 2012.

L-R Lee Webster - Jack Gallagher - Bill Kynaston - Wade Green

It was great to catch up with Bill and Jack who served in HMAS SHROPSHIRE during WW 2, their support has been invaluable in reactivating the Association in Western Australia.

It made for a excellent Good Friday.

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association – WA Division

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HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division Committee

The HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division has been reactivated in Western Australia

02 April 2012

The new committee is being assisted by 2 stalwarts of the WA Division of the Association Mr Bill Knaston and the last and former President of the Association Mr Jack Gallagher, both Bill and Jack served in HMAS SHROPSHIRE during WW 2 and have been a part of the Association in WA since 1952.

The WA Division of the Association has been inactive for the past 3 years due to the passing of many HMAS CANBERRA (1) and HMAS SHROPSHIRE World War 2 veterans. Today only 12 HMAS CANBERRA (1) and HMAS SHROPSHIRE veterans are living in Western Australia.

The first priority for the new committee is to ensure the Association is represented at the ANZAC DAY March in Perth this year. It will be the first time that members from HMAS CANBERRA (1), HMAS CANBERRA (2) and HMAS SHROPSHIRE will be marching together on ANZAC Day in Perth. Approx 25 HMAS CANBERRA (2) personnel will be marching.

Mr Bill Knaston and Mr Jack Gallagher recently presented the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Banner to Lee Webster so that the history and fine traditions of Association and the two great RAN ships it represents may be passed on to former members of  HMAS CANBERRA  FFG 02 Ships Company.

 

 

HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division Committee 2012

L-R Greg Brumby - John Scarfe - Teresa Blackman - Lee Webster - Ray Graham - Wade Green

If you are interested in marching in Perth on Anzac Day with the Association please contact me via email

Lee Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association – WA Division

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The HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association NSW Division have promugated their latest Newsletter that gives the details for Anzac Day 2012 and the 70th HMAS CANBERRA Memorial Service in Sydney...More

Many Thanks too,

Chris Johnston
President
HMAS Canberra/HMAS Shropshire Association – NSW Division

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01 Jan 2012

To determine the way ahead in forming an Association I conducted a online survey for 6 months to discover how people wanted the Association to be formed, the following are the Survey outcomes:

  • 51 % were in favour of approaching the HMAS Canberra –Shropshire Association to combine
  • 25% were in favour of forming an Independent HMAS Canberra Association
  • 24% were in favour of forming an Association under the Naval Association

Based on the result of the Survey and with the support from ex-HMAS Canberra 2 Ships Company and the surviving members of the HMAS Canberra HMAS Shropshire Association (WA Division).I have decided to to pursue combining with the HMAS Canberra Shropshire Association.

THE objects of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association constitution have always made provision for HMAS Canberra 2 Ships Company to join the Association as follows:

"To bring together those men who served in the ship bearing the name HMAS Canberra prior to and during World War II, and also those men who served in the ship bearing the name HMAS Shropshire during and after World War II, and also to welcome and encourage participation in the Association by those men of the Royal Australian Navy who serve in any future ships bearing the name HMAS Canberra or HMAS Shropshire"

I have been investigating the status of the HMAS Canberra- Shropshire Association in Australia.

  • The HMAS Canberra- Shropshire Association was formed in each state of Australia, the NSW and Victorian Divisions are most active, and hold a Annual Reunion, AGM's, Anzac Day and Memorial Services.
  • The South Australian branch is still active with few members and marches on Anzac Day with the assistance of the Naval Association and a few members from HMAS Canberra 2.
  • The Western Australian Division has disbanded; however 6 members of the Association are still in contact.
  • The Queensland Division of the Association was disbanded in 2005.
  • The Tasmania Division of the Association has been disbanded.
  • The Australian Capital Territory no longer has any representation for the Association.

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The WAY AHEAD

 

I am currently working on incorporating the HMAS CANBERRA -SHROPSHIRE Association in Western Australia, the Association here in WA has been inactive for the past 2-3 years, only 6 members of the orginal Association are still active.

A small committee has been formed in WA that includes 2 members of the original Association and 4 members of the HMAS Canberra (2) Ships Company. I plan to have the Association up and running early in 2012.

When the HMAS CANBERRA -SHROPSHIRE Association is up and running in WA I will be looking to HMAS Canberra (2) Ships Company to re-establish the Association in Tasmania, Queensland, the ACT and NT in 2012-13.

The New South Wales and Victoria Divisions of the Association are the only states that are fully active with committees and membership. I will be dicussing the way forward in regards to HMAS Canberra 2 Ships Company membership of the Association.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary since HMAS CANBERRA 1 was sunk on the 09 August 1942 with the loss of 86 personnel in the Battle of Savo Island. It will be great if we are able to support the NSW and Victorian Divisions of the HMAS CANBERRA -SHROPSHIRE Association for Anzac Day and the Memorial Services for HMAS CANBERRA 1 in August 2012.

I will keep you updated as we move forward.

Yours Aye,

Lee "Bickies" Webster

webmaster@hmascanberra.com

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To all Former Ships Company of HMAS Canberra - 2011

HMAS Canberra FFG02 does not have a Official Association.

Historical Context

HMAS Canberra 1 was commissioned in 1928; she was tragically sunk during WW 2 off Savo Island in 1942, 84 members of the Ships Company were killed in action.

Many survivors from HMAS Canberra were transport to the United Kingdom in 1943 to commission her replacement HMAS Shropshire.

The HMAS Shropshire Association was originally established in 1948, at a later date it was decided to incorporate HMAS Canberra into the Association

 

HMAS Canberra Shropshire Association WA 1995

HMAS Canberra 2 was commissioned 39 years after the sinking of HMAS Canberra 1, four decades passed without a HMAS Canberra in the RAN, this was due to the US Government naming the USS Canberra in honour of the HMAS Canberra 1.

The HMAS Canberra 2 had a strong affiliation with the HMAS Canberra – Shropshire Association which was maintained over the life of the ship from 1981 until 2005.

With the passing of the years the HMAS Canberra – Shropshire Association has been in decline, only 9 members of the Association marched in Sydney for Anzac Day this year.

Sadly I am not aware of any ex HMAS Canberra 2 personnel who joined the HMAS Canberra - Shropshire Association, this has made it very difficult to support our forebears and carry on the fine traditions established by HMAS Canberra 1.

In addition we do not have an association to support the Ships Company that have served in HMAS Canberra 2, this will be very important as we try and address issues pertaining specifically to the ship, this was recently demonstrated by the review of the service on Operation DAMASK VI during 1993 that was inappropriately classified.

HMAS Canberra 3 will be commissioned in 2014; it will be great to be involved as an organised Association for this and other important occasion in the future. It will also provide the legacy of an Association for future HMAS Canberra Ships Company members..

Lee "Bickies" Webster