Greg Swinden joined the RAN in 1985 and specialised as a Supply (Logistics) Officer. He has served at sea in HMA Ships SWAN, MELBOURNE and KANIMBLA (twice) and has seen operational service in East Timor, Solomon Islands, Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. He is a keen naval historian and has written a number of books and articles on Australian naval history focusing mainly on the period 1900 – 1939.
The inter war period (1919-1939) is often considered a time when the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was least active due to financial and personnel constraints.
Rear Admiral Sir Brian Stewart Murray was born at Glen Huntly, VIC on 26 December 1921 and was educated at Hampton High School, Melbourne.
Reginald Langdon Buller, Civil Servant, Naval Officer and Vigneron was born in Geelong, Victoria on 30 May 1894 the only son of Frederick Thomas Buller (Civil Servant) and Mary Graham […]
Cymbeline Alonso Edric Huddart was born in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn on 6 January 1881, the youngest child of James and Lois Elizabeth Huddart (nee Ingham). His father was […]
The Underbelly – Razor series deals with the Criminal underworld of Sydney during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Bengal ‘cut throat’ blade razors were the preferred weapon of many of the […]
In the far north of Western Australia lies perhaps Australia’s most isolated war grave. In the now overgrown and forgotten Drysdale River Mission Station cemetery at Pago, Western Australia lies […]
Ronald ‘Buck’ Taylor was born in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton on 29 April 1918, the fourth of ten children (six boys and four girls) born to Elsie Taylor (Nee […]
With the tattered fragments of the white ensign still flying, the YARRA slid beneath the waves at 8 am. Rankin’s defiant gesture, which cost the lives of 117 of the […]