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 Buller (nee Anderson).
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 a wealthy shipping magnate who was part owner of the Huddart–Parker Company, a shipping line that operated a number of vessels in Australian waters. Cymbeline […]
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 thugs and standover men who belonged to the many Razor Gangs that operated throughout the city. Amongst these many petty criminals, thieves and enforcers was […]
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 the remains of Warrant Officer (Gunner) John Henry Davies who had the misfortune to be killed by a crocodile while serving in the survey vessel […]
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 Davey) and George Taylor an Iron Worker from Collingwood. As a child he lived in the suburb of Carlton until his family moved to Port […]
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 ships personnel, did not save the other vessels in the Allied convoy; all three were sunk even before YARRA met its end. Another 21 of […]