HMAS CANBERRA

HMAS CANBERRA (1) D33 was Commissioned in Clydebank, Scotland, UK on the 9th 0f July 1928 and was sunk by the Japanese Navy off Savo Island on the 9th of August 1942.

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HMAS CANBERRA (2) FFG-02 was Commissioned in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 21st of March 1981 and Decommissioning at Fleet Base West, Rockingham Western Australia on the 12th of November 2005.

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HMAS CANBERRA (3) LHD 02 is expected to commissioned into the RAN at Fleet Base East in Sydney, Australia in 2014.


HMAS SHROPSHIRE

HMAS SHROPSHIRE was commissioned into the RAN at Chatham, England on the 20 April 1943 and was decommissioned on the 10 November 1949.

 

HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Updated: 31 December 2013

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

The HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE WA Division of the Association wishes a safe and Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and Holiday Season to all its members and all our shipmates who served in HMAS CANBERRA 1-2, HMAS SHROPSHIRE and NUSHIP CANBERRA
their Family and Friends.

 

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Jack Gallagher HMAS SHROPSHIRE WW 2 Veteran - In Hospital 28 Dec 2013

Jack is not well and has been turned in at Hollywood Hospital in Perth.

Jack is comfortable and stable, he will be in hospital for the short term.

Jack was a former President of the Association and is a Honorary Life Member, he served as a Gunnery rate in HMAS SHROPSHIRE during WW2.

I wish Jack a full and speedy recovery. "2 Ships 1 Crew"

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30 Dec 2013

Jack is making a good recovery, he was spinning some excellent HMAS Shropshire warries.

Jack is expected to be in Hospital for another week or so.

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Warrant Officer CIS5 Harold Hugh O’Hare CSM - HMAS CANBERRA 2 Commissioning Crew

On 20 December 2013, Warrant Officer CIS5 Harold Hugh O’Hare CSM retired from the Royal Australian Navy after nearly 40 years of Permanent and Active Reserve Service.


For those who know Harry well, you would understand that he would not seek any fanfare on his retirement; but I cannot let this very dedicated and professional Warrant Officer retire without recognition from his friends and peers in the Navy Communications community.

I have known Harry since July 1973 when we were both posted to the HMAS Cerberus Communications School as ORDCO’s to commence our Radio Operators Course. We have served together a number of times both at sea and ashore


Harry was an extremely good Sparker but he was much more than that – he understood people and despite his humble demeanour, was fiercely loyal to his troops; he would challenge the decisions of CO’s if he thought that justice, fairness and equity were not being provided to his sailors. He was a role model for cultural reform in the Navy and the New Generation Navy program that has been running for a number of years.

Harry was an outstanding Divisional Officer and I have no doubt that his leadership and support has inspired many sailors over the years and provided them with the opportunity to have a rewarding career in the RAN.


On a professional level, Harry was a quiet achiever who just cracked on steadfastly doing his job without seeking recognition. Harry nevertheless was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal in the 2004 Australia Day Honours.


Harry, you are an honest, hardworking and humble bloke who gave a lifetime of loyal and dedicated service to the Navy, Australia and its people; they could ask no more of you.

Posted by Alan Ashman on the RANCBA site.

Harry on the left with other members of Commissioning Crew 21 March 1981 at the Commissioning of HMAS CANBERRA 2

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Gary Johnson - Heart Surgery

HMAS Canberra FFG-02 Commissioning Crew Member Gary Johnson is having bypass surgery on his heart in Melbourne

All the best for a speedy recovery mate even with you being a Collingwood supporter, from the Commissioning Crew and Association

Cheers Lee "Bickies" Webster

" 2 Ships 1 Crew"

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Message from Gary Johnson 24 Dec 2013

Leaving Austin Hosp round 9.30 tomorrow morning....the people here are nothing short of marvelous and I thank them all very much...also thanks heaps to Jason Bremen for collecting both Hazel and I on Xmas day....
the ADF family has far reaching arms...

 

Kym Parry, Dick Whitington and Gary Johnson at the 2011 Reunion.

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Chris Bedford - HMAS CANBERRA 2 Commissioining Crew

Chris Bedford - HMAS CANBERRA FFG-02 Commissioning Crew (POMTP3)

I was advised that Chris Bedford has been diagnosed with the early onset Alzheimer's disease,he is now a resident of "Glen Eira" Nursing Home in Caulfield Victoria.

This is sad news for Chris and his Family, the Family is encouraging former shipmates who served with Chris to visit him at "Glen Eira" Nursing Home, all visitors will be greatly appreciated. 

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The HMAS Canberra HMAS Shropshire Association WA Division is now officially affiliated with the Naval Association of Australia.

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Association Polo Shirts

Sean Cox designed an Association Polo Shirt

Hi all.

I attached some photos of the HMAS Canberra-Shropshire Association logo I had made up and embroided onto a polo shirt. Just had a couple of shirts done at this point for 'display purposes' and calling for any comments/feedback.

Will be sending a shirt over to Bickies so the WA guys can have a firsthand look. Had them made up on white shirts as I thought it would make the crests stand out more (and you can wear a white shirt with pretty much any colour shorts, jeans, etc), but feel free to comment on different shirt colours as well.


 

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Bill Kynaston- HMAS Shropshire WW 2 veteran.

 

Bill at the WA State Memorial at the HMAS CANBERRA Wreath laying Ceremony 09 August 2012



David Shine and I had the pleasure of having lunch with Bill and Rona Kynaston this afternoon. Bill will be off to hospital on Wed 11 Dec 2013 for a heart Operation.Bill will be turning 89 yrs old on the 29 of December.

Bill has been a stalwart of the Association for many years, he is a former President of WA Division and is a Life Member, Bill has been pivotal in assisting me in reestablishing the Association in WA, I wish Bill a full and speedy recovery. "2 Ships 1 Crew"

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Bill Kynaston - Update 20 Dec 2013


Bill underwent heart surgery on Wednesday at Royal Perth Hospital, the operation was successful and he is expected to make a full recovery, this is a huge relief to his wife Rona and the family.

Bill was at the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945 in HMAS SHROPSHIRE and was one of the first Radar Operators in the RAN.

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HMAS CANBERRA - FFG02 Operation DAMASK VI - Recognition

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal has provided the report of their inquiry into the recognition of service by HMAS Canberra on Operation DAMASK VI in the Middle East in 1992 and 1993.

The inquiry focused on the appeals by two former members of HMAS Canberra, who sought permission to receive both the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal to denote their involvement in both the warlike and non-warlike periods of their deployment.

The Tribunal has upheld the appeals and recommended that all members of the crew of HMAS Canberra who served on Operation DAMASK VI also be recommended for the award of both medals.

The Government has accepted this recommendation.

Any member of the ship’s complement who does not hold the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ and the Australian Service Medal with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ will now be entitled to apply for those awards.

 

John Anderson (ABETW at time of the deployment) has fought long and hard on our behalf to overturn this ruling that we weren't entitled to a AASM despite our deeds in January 93..

John has won the fight after a great deal of letter and submission writing and he has informed me that we are all now entitled to apply for and be granted a AASM for DAMASK 6.

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NUSHIP CANBERRA LHD 02 - Newsletters October - December 2013

NUSHIP CANBERRA is now publishing a Monthly Newsletter - NUSHIP Canberra Family Link

A newsletter to help NUSHIP Canberra ship's company and their families remain informed.

The Newsletters are available for the Navy News Website

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WA Division Meeting - December 2013

Hi Team, the Association meeting for the WA Division scheduled for December has been cancelled.

The Executive Committee will be meeting on the 19 January 2014.

The Association will resume regular meetings at the Navy Club in Fremantle at 1100 Saturday the 15 February 2014.

Please contact me if you require any further information,

Yours Aye

Lee "Bickies" Webster

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Ernie Rudland HMAS CANBERRA 1 Survivor turns 90 years old - 03 Dec 2013

Ernie Rudland - HMAS CANBERRA 1 Survivor turns 90 and awarded Honorary Life Membership of the WA Division of the Association.

A celebration of 90 years- Ernie Rudland. Family and friends gathered together on Sunday to celebrate a milestone that many may never know. Ernie has gathered a lifetime of memories. To mark such an important event the WA Division of the Association presented Ernie with his Honorary Life Membership.

"The Association proudly acknowledges Ernie Rudland for his steadfast lifetime commitment to his shipmates that he served with on HMAS Canberra during World War 2 and his service to the Royal Australian Navy and his Country in addition to his highly valued support of the WA Division of the Association. "


 

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Birthday Message

HMAS CANBERRA 1 survivor Ernie Rudland turns 90 years old today, Ernie is the only known West Australian who served in HMAS CANBERRA 1 that is still living. Ernie is a Honorary Life Member of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division.

Ernie is still very active attending NUSHIP Canberra naming Ceremony in Williamstown in February this year and the HMAS CANBERRA Wreath Laying Service in August at the State Memorial at Kings Park, he regularly attends Association meetings and contributes with some great pearls of wisdom for the younger members of the Association. Ernie is living national treasure, Happy Birthday mate. Lee Webster


 

HMAS CANBERRA 2 Sailor Grant Pilgram made this comment on Facebook

Just attended the memorial service in Kings Park commemorating the 71st anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Canberra I in WW2. Had the pleasure of sharing a chat and a coffee with 89yo Mr Ernie Rudland, the last remaining crew member in WA. A true gentleman and a living treasure.

Many Thanks to Ellen Shine for taking most of the images.

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Minutes to the Annual General Meeting- 23 November 2013

Minutes to the 2013 AGM conducted at the Navy Club in Fremantle on the 23 Nov 2013.

AGM Powerpoint Presentation

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Rememberance Day 11 Nov 2013 - Shipmates for Cancer

 

Shipmates for Cancer Foundation


For the care, Support and research of cancer for all ex and serving personnel of the Royal Australian Navy

Unfortunately this is the list of Navy personnel who have passed away after suffering from Cancer.


 

The list includes known members of our HMAS CANBERRA FFG-02 shipmates who have passed away from this terrible disease. A wreath was laid on Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial by the group "Shipmates for Cancer".

A team of Association members will be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014 to raise funds for research into this indiscriminate disease. "Lest we Forget"

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Navy Week 20 Oct 2013

 

Rememberance Day 11 Nov 2013 - Queensland Division

The Queensland Division have been busy supporting Navy Week 20 Oct 13 and Rememberance Day 11 Nov 2013.

The Queensland Division has small numbers however they are very busy in the Veteran Community, "2 Ships 1 Crew"


 

 

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The Wreath Laying Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 to mark the 71st Anniversary of the loss of the ship was conducted:

Location:              State War Memorial, Kings Park Perth WA

Date:                     Friday, 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 and Families.


 

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QUEENSLAND Division - HMAS CANBERRA Wreath Laying Service 09 August 2014

 

Wreath Laying Service was conducted on the 9th of August at 16.30 followed by a self funded dinner at the Cleveland RSL in Queensland.

The Service was attended by members of the QLD Division.

  • Andrew Black
  • Paul Eckersley
  • Scott Miles
  • Kevin Purkiss
  • Chris Howitt
  • Mick Grange

Chaplain Ian Taylor ANC was also in attendance. Lest we Forget


 

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The Wreath Laying Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 to mark the 71st Anniversary of the loss of the ship has been organised as follows:

Location:              State War Memorial, Kings Park Perth WA

Date:                     Friday, 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 and Families.

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.

Yours Aye,

Lee

Lee Webster
President

HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
WA Division Inc
“2  Ships, 1 Crew”

M: 0431547527


Email:   president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

Web:    www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

Web:    www.hmascanberra.com

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Department of Veteran Affairs - WA Office

Update Breaking News Edition 9 - July 2013

Update Breaking News Edition 9 ...More

Department of Veteran Affairs Website...More

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VALE - Bill Salter

1920-2003

Bill Salter was laid to rest this morning Saturday the 15 July 2013 at the Fremantle Cemetery. Bill served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1940 until 1945, he served in HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.

Bill was in HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island on the 09 August 1942. Bill was the second last survivor of this action in Western Australia, his ship mate and last remaining veteran of HMAS Canberra Mr Ernie Rudland attend the Funeral service this morning.

The Association was represented by the WA President Lee Webster and the State Secretary David Shine, the Salter Family were kind enough to include the Association in the Funeral Service where the Ode was read and RAN Ensign was folded and presented to the Family.

Many Thanks for your Service to the Country Bill.

" Lest we Forget"

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Unusual HMAS CANBERRA Crest

Lee Webster

I recently acquired this unique HMAS CANBERRA Plaque, it is unusual as it has the original HMAS Canberra 1 design inside a contemporary RAN plaque design.


This plaque was made in 1960 of Bronze and was embedded in the exterior wall of the Hobart Navy Club in Tasmania. It has found a new home with the HMAS Canberra HMAS Shropshire Association WA Division.

The crest will be restored and displayed at the Navy Club in Fremantle.

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ANZAC DAY 2013

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QUEENSLAND DIVISION - UPDATE 21 April 2013

Congratulations to the re-activated Queensland Division of the HMAS CANBERRA-HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association, the Association went inactive in Queensland in 2006, however through the efforts of HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ship's Company it has been reactivated and will be taking part in the 2013 ANZAC DAY March in Brisbane.

Executive Committee

President: Andrew Stephen Black
Vice President: Scott Miles
Secretary: Chris Howitt
Treasurer: Sean Cox

 

Members

Paul Cross
Kevin Purkiss
Mick Grange
Vic Kirwood
Mark Quigley
Paul Eckersley

If you are interested in joining the Association in Queensland please go to this link http://www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au/association/QLD.html

The Association is now active in NSW, VIC, WA and QLD.

ANZAC Day 2013 - Brisbane

Meeting Place for Association to participate in the ANZAC Day March will be next to Queens Park, William Street end is the Navy assembly area at 0945.

Please contact Andrew Black on 0417684742 or email him at andrew.black1@hotmail.com for more information

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To all my Family, Friends, Colleauges and shipmates,

I will be riding the Ride to Conquer Cancer in Oct 2013, I will be representing the HMAS CANBERRA-HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association in raising funds for the the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.

It is a excellent opportunity to raise funds for such a import cause, the reality is that we will all face the prospect of being diagnosed with Cancer during our lifetime.

In recent times I have seen friends, colleauges, my former shipmates and Association members battling Cancer with great dignity and courage. It is time for me to do something tangable and real to assist in raising funds for this important cause.

I have been working towards and training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past 6 months, I am having great assistance from Greg Brumby my Cycling Coach and Nick Thompson my personal trainer.

I will be providing updates on this page and on the HMAS CANBERRA-HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Website

To Nick , you are my inspiration for this mate, and the loving memory of Lisa.

Please go to the link below to support and sponsor me...More

I look forward to your support.

Cheers,

Lee

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

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VALE - Michael "Dixie" Lee

Michael "Dixie" Lee

Dixie served in HMAS Canberra 1992-93.

Dixie has been ill for some time with a serious heart condition Cardiomyopathy, he passed away St Vincents Hospital in Sydney on Saturday 23 March 2013 whilst awaiting heart transplant.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dixie at home in Canberra in November 2012, . I admired Michael's courage, determination and his excellent sence of humour in the face of great adversity.

He was very proud of his 10 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy and was very fond of his time in HMAS CANBERRA he was an excellent sailor and shipmate.

Dixie had wonderful support from his wife Allison, family and friends and will be sadly missed.

Michael's funeral service will held on Thursday 28 March 2013 at 4:30pm at Norwood Park Crematorium 65 Sandford St, Michell ACT, followed by an official "wake" after the service at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club.

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association wishes to express its deepest Sympathy to his wife Allison, family and friends at what must be a very difficult time.

You were "Second to None" Dixie, Fair Winds and a following Sea.

Yours Aye,

Lee

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

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ANZAC DAY 2013 Program - WA DIVISION

 

The WA Division of the Association will be participating in ANZAC DAY 2013 and will be attending several events as per the Program below:


All members of the Association and personnel who served in HMAS CANBERRA or HMAS SHROPSHIRE and Families are welcome to attend.

Time

Event

Location

Comments

0530

Fremantle Memorial Dawn Service

Memorial Hill, Fremantle

  • Association Wreath Laying
0600 Gunfire Breakfast

Navy Club, Fremantle

  • Gold coin donation
0730 Depart Navy Club Fremantle
  • Train Fremantle – Perth
0900 Anzac Day March Perth
  • 0900 Form up – Corner of William St, St Georges Terrace
  • 0930 March off
  • 1100 Anzac Day Service – Supreme Court Gardens
1130 Post Anzac Day March Perth-Fremantle
  • 1130 Anzac House, Perth
  • 1230 The Lucky Shag, Barrack Street Jetty - Lunch
  • O/C Navy Club, Fremantle

Fremantle Dawn Service


The Association will be laying a Wreath at the Fremantle Dawn Service at Monument Hill Memorial Reserve in Fremantle, the Service starts at 0530.



Monument Hill Memorial Reserve - High Street and Bateman Street Fremantle WA 6160...More

Gunfire Breakfast


A Gunfire Breakfast will be held at the Navy Club in Fremantle on completion of the Fremantle Dawn Service at 0600, a gold coin donation will be required.



The Navy Club - 64 High St, Fremantle WA 6160...More

Anzac Day March – Perth


The Association will be marching in Perth on Anzac Day; we will be forming up at the Corner of William Street and St Georges Terrace at 0900 for a 0930 March off. On completion will be the Anzac Day Service at the Supreme Court Gardens from 1100...More

 Post Anzac Day March


Anzac Club


Members of the Association will be meeting at ANZAC House on completion of the Memorial Service at 1130.



28 St Georges Terrace, Perth (cnr Irwin and St Georges Terrace)...More

The Lucky Shag

Members of the Association will be meeting at the Lucky Shag on completion of Anzac House at 1230 for Lunch.


Barrack Street Jetty Perth Western Australia 6000...More

The Navy Club

Members of the Association will then be returning to the Navy Club in Fremantle...More

Please contact me if you require any further information on 0431547527.


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


Email:   president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (Queensland Division)

Association Meeting in Queensland - 10 March 2013

 

L to R Scotty Miles - Andrew Black - Chris Howitt - Paul Eckersley - Mick Grange

Congratulations to the Queensland Division of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association.

The Queensland Division of the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association has been inactive since 2006, it is great that members of HMAS CANBERRA 2 have reactivated the Association in Queensland.

The first mission of the Queensland Division is to march on Anzac Day in Brisbane this year.

If you are available to march behind the HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Banner in Brisbane please contact Andrew Black on 0417684742 or email him atandrew.black1@hotmail.com

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VALE ex CPOSTD Greg Earle

Greg Earle - HMAS CANBERRA in 1983

CPOSTD Greg Earle, Greg passed away in Brisbane on the 10 March 2013, Greg served in HMAS CANBERRA 1982-84 as a ABSTD and was a member of the ships company on the North West Indian Ocean Deployment.

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy's and condolences to Greg's family and friends at what must be a very difficult time...More

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (Queensland Division)

Association Meeting in Queensland - 10 March 2013

The Queensland Division of the Association will be conducting a meeting at the Nerang RSLon Sunday the 10 March 2013 at 1300.

Please contact Andrew Black on 0417684742 for further information

Click on Image for Directions and Map

69 Nerang St, Nerang QLD 4211
(07) 5578 1222

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HMAS CANBERRA 2 Shipmate - Michael "Dixie" Lee - Update 10 March 2013

Michael "Dixie" Lee

Dixie served in HMAS Canberra 1993-94.

Dixie has been ill for some time with a serious heart condition Cardiomyopathy, he has a titainium pump to ensure his survival until he can undergo a Heart Transplant.

Dixie had a set back recently and missed out on recieving his heart transplant, he is currently in St Vincents Hospital in Sydney where he must undergo more open heart surgery next week.

Michael has been doing it tough lately, he feels like he has gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson, Mike Tyson has got nothing on Dixie, he is courageous and has a great sense of humour even when things are getting tough.

Dixie has excellent support from his wife Allison, Family and Friends, he lives in Canberra and it will be a few weeks until he will be able to return to the ACT and await another opportunity for a Transplant.

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association and I wish Dixie and his Family all the best for the future and a speedy recovery from his Heart Surgery and his future Transplant.

If you wish to contact Dixie please email me your details and I will pass the information to him.

president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

"Second to None"

Yours Aye,

Lee

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

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NAMING CEREMONY NUSHIP CANBERRA - 15 Feb 2013

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Expressions of Interest 2014 Reunion

Hi Folks,

The HMAS CANBERRA-HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association 2014 Reunion is currently being planned.It will be held on the weekend of the Commissioning of HMAS CANBERRA 3 in Sydney, NSW.

The date of the Commissioning has yet to be confirmed, however it will be in the first quarter of 2014 most likely in January.

The Reunion is open to all members of the Ships Company of HMAS CANBERRA 1-2-3, HMAS SHROPSHIRE, members of HMAS CANBERRA-HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association and guests.

This Survey will assist in determining the interest and potential numbers of personnel wishing to attend the Commissioning Ceremony and the Reunion events.

Please Note: The Navy Events Cell will be liaising with the Association for the Commissioning Ceremony, numbers of personnel that will be able to attend the Commissioning has not yet been determined.

Tentative Program

Fri: Commissioning Ceremony HMAS CANBERRA 3
Sat: Association Function (Reunion)
Sun: Memorial Service - HMAS CANBERRA- HMAS SHROPSHIRE
Sun: Farewell Lunch

The cost of these events are yet to be determined.

To register your interest in attending the Reunion please click on this link.. Expression of Interest

Yours Aye,

Lee "Bickies" Webster
President
HMAS CANBERRA- HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association
WA Division
0431547527

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LCDR Mackenzie "Mac" Gregory RAN (Ret'd) - ABC NEWS

ABC NEWS

7.30 Report

Sole survivor fights to clear WWII shadow

Wed Jan 16, 2013

Adam Harvey

"Click on Image"

The sole survivor of an Australian air crew wrongly blamed for a naval disaster near the Solomon Islands in World War Two is determined to keep up the fight to have the history books corrected.

This story features LCDR Mackenzie "Mac" Gregory RAN (Ret'd) President of HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association Victoria Division. Mac was the Officer of the Watch in HMAS CANBERRA 1 when the ships was attacked by Japanese Forces at the Battle of Savo Island in 1942.

The story sheds light on the Battle of Savo Island and has some clips of HMAS CANBERRA 1

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-16/sole-survivor-fights-to-clear-wwii-shadow/4468200

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WA Division News - Updated: 16 January 2013

 

The WA Division of the Association will conduct the first meeting of 2013 at the Navy Club in Fremantle at 1100 Saturday 16 February 2013.

All are welcome to attend.

Yours Aye,

Lee

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

Email:  president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Association Meetings: www.navyclub.com.au

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (Queensland Division)

Kickoff Meeting of the Association in Queensland - 20 January 2013

The Queensland Division of the Association will be conducting a meeting at the Southport RSL on Sunday the 20th Jan at 10.00am

Southport RSL - 36 Scarborough Street, Southport QLD 4215 - Directions

The Meeting is to get the ball rolling with the Association in Queensland

Please contact Andrew Black on 0417684742 for further information

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (Queensland Division)

Planned reactivation of the Association in Queensland

HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association banner carried by Chris Howett in the Brisbane ANZAC DAY March 2012.

it will be great if HMAS CANBERRA 2 Ships Company will march behind it in 2013.

I have had a much interest in reactivating the HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association in Queensland.

The Association went inactive and was disbanded in Queensland after it  held its last Memorial Service in October 2006. It was stated at the Service that "The passage of the years means that the HMAS Canberra - HMAS Shropshire Association will pass into history." This may not be be entirely accurate, I know that their is  interest from HMAS CANBERRA 2 sailors in Queensland to reactivate the Association.

Our experience here in Western Australia has been great, the Association was reactivated in WA in April this year, particularly rewarding was attending the Anzac Day March in Perth with the WW2 veterans and conducting  the Memorial Service for HMAS CANBERRA 1 at Kings Park in August, we currently  have 40 members, our demographic  include 3 x WW2 Veterans from HMAS SHROPSHIRE, HMAS CANBERRA 1 and  HMAS CANBERRA 2  veterans and family members aged between 30 -90 years, we are confident that we will have many more members by Anzac Day 2013.

Former HMAS CANBERRA decommissioning Ships Company member Andrew Black is very keen  to hold a meeting to gauge the interest in reactivating the Association in Queensland, please contact Andrew at his email address if you are interested  andrew.black1@hotmail.com.

I am personaly keen for the Association to go ahead in Queensland, this will make it so much easier to nationally coordinate our Reunion in Sydney when the HMAS CANBERRA 3 is commissioned in Jan 2014.

The Association is currently active in WA, NSW and Victoria.  Brian “Box” Brennan recently volunteered to reactivate the Association in the ACT and some folk are interested in reactivating the Association in South Australia.

The Association Committee in WA is more than happy to assist our shipmates in Queensland with the  reactivation of the Association as we have just been through the process, for more information please visit the Association

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HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association (ACT Division)

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association is not currently active in the Nations Capital.

The ACT Division of the Association is being reactivated by Brian "Box" Brennan.

Some personnel who live have indicated that they are interested in forming a ACT Division of the Association.

Brian is currently looking for personnel to form a Committee to reactivate the Association in the New Year (2013) to ensure representation in Canberra for ANZAC DAY 2013.

Please contact Brian if you are interested on this email address...More

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HMAS CANBERRA 2 Shipmate - Michael "Dixie" Lee

Michael "Dixie" Lee

I had the pleasure of meeting up with an old shipmate Michael "Dixie" Lee during my flying visit to Canberra 15 Nov 2012, Dixie served in HMAS Canberra 1993-94.

Dixie has been ill for some time with a serious heart condition Cardiomyopathy, he recently spent 3 months in St Vincents Hospital where he was fitted with a titainium pump to ensure his survival until he can undergo a Heart Transplant.

It was great to see him in such great spirits during a very challenging time with his health, I was particularly impress with his courage, and great sense of humour.

The HMAS CANBERRA - HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association wish Dixie and his Family all the best for the future and a speedy recovery from his Heart Transplant. which is scheduled for the Christmas - New Year period.

Dixie you are "Second to None" mate

Yours Aye,

Lee

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

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HMAS CANBERRA 2 Artefacts

22 Nov 2012

The President of the HMAS CANBERRA – HMAS SHROPSHIRE Association WA Division Lee Webster took possession of one of the Northbourne Avenue signs which was presented to Nigel Coates the Commanding Officer of HMAS CANBERRA by the ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell in 1996.


Lee Webster personally recalls when the new Northbourne Avenue signs arrived in the ship with Nigel Coates when he took Command of HMAS CANBERRA in 1996. This is a wonderful addition to the artefacts that have been donated to the Association.


The sign was generously donated to the Association by LCDR Eric Radford RAN who was the Decommissioning Liaison Officer in HMAS CANBERRA in 2005. Eric has donated several items from his personal collection.


The WA Division of the Association has received several historical artefacts from HMAS CANBERRA 1&2 and HMAS SHROPSHIRE since it was reactivated in April this year.


The Association is located at the Navy Club in Fremantle where the artefacts will be catalogued on display and available for viewing.


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The Association reached a incremental milestone today with the 30th Member joining the Western Australian Division....More

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Proposed HMAS CANBERRA 2 Banner

In addition to the traditional HMAS CANBERRA HMAS SHROPSHIRE Banner, the Association in WA will be marching behand a FFG 02 Banner at Anzac Day in Perth in 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

Email:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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.

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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.

Yours Aye,

Lee

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

0431 547 527

Email:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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

Email:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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

Email:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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

Email:     president@hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au
Internet:  www.hmascanberra-shropshire.asn.au

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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

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

 

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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