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Victorian Division Get Together

H.M.S. Ganges association

Victorian division



Invite graduates of the Admiralty finishing school, instructors ships company their friends, families and associates to participate in an enjoyable time  of fun, friendship and various activities at the:-

Victorian Division Five Night Get Together at Yarrawonga/Mulwala

When From Sunday October  Monday 16th-Friday 21st..  October 2017

Where Yarrawonga Mulwala



It was decided that this year’s Victorian get together would be at Yarrawonga for five nights Monday 16th October to Friday 21st. with accommodation at Club Mulwala  Resort 271 Melbourne Street, Mulwala, NSW 2647. This is adjacent to RSL Club Mulwala. All are welcome to attend.

The resort has a variety of room configurations the price is based on a standard room. Cost of a room per day is $160 however for  $5 membership of the club the price is $128 with membership gaining discounts on food and beverages.

If you are interested please contact Secretary Harry at this email address or mobile 0418809712. Or Chairman David at mobile 0421068443 Thank you

Regards Aye Chairman David Lines and Secretary Harry Harrison

2017 AGM

The 2017 AGM will be held on the 24th June 2017 starting at 1100, this event will be held at (address available from Scotty)


Apologies from those unable to attend please email Scotty –


Change of President

Charlie Greensmith has now handed over the reins to Graham “Scotty” Slaney, Scotty is a new member who served at HMS GANGES in 1974-75 before continuing his training as a Stores Accountant at HMS PEMBROKE in Chatham, he first went to sea onboard the Leander Class frigate, HMS NAIAD in 1976, where instead of sailing for the Far east he found himself bouncing around the Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels who were determined to destroy the fishing of the Hull and Grimsby trawlers.

In 1978 he was posted to HMS ARROW, a Type 21 frigate onboard which he finally saw the Far East visiting Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia as well as several Pacific Islands. It was during this deployment that Scotty decided to transfer to the Royal Australian Navy which he managed to do in 1980. In October 1980 he joined HMAS CERBERUS and in late 81 joined HMAS SNIPE – the ex HMS ALCASTON, after leaving SNIPE Scotty joined Clearance Diving Team One at HMAS WATERHEN and in 1986 was posted to HMAS STIRLING in Western Australia, he also served onboard HMAS GERALDTON (FCPB), HMAS SYDNEY (FFG), HMAS TARAKAN (LCH) and HMAS MELBOURNE (FFG).  Posted to HMAS KUTTABUL, Scotty paid off after a total of 28 years service withy the rank of Chief Petty Officer.


He now resides in Kirra, (near Coolangatta QLD) with his partner Sue.

Cmdr Hugh Willis R.N Rtrd.


15th Feb 2017

It is with regret another Ganges boy has crossed the bar.

Cmdr. Willis joined Ganges in 1949 served 7yrs on the lower deck before becoming an officer, serving 36yrs all up.

He retired to Australia in 1996, went to live in Caloundra Queensland.

He wrote and had published an acclaimed book titled “The Bosuns Call” which is still available to purchase.Although not active in the local Division Hugh kept a healthy interest in the Ganges Association.

Our condolences go to Linda and the family.

May he find fair wind and safe harbour.