HMS GANGES WA Division Newsletter Aug 2017


Held 27/07/17 at Fremantle Navy Club


PRESENT: James & Cathy Sharkey, Ian Critchley, Patrick Moore, Pete Greenfield, Paul Chapman, Brenda Chitty, Alex McKinnon, Brian Thompson, Buster & Charlotte Keating, Karl Campbell.


APOLOGY: Jan Faulks, Tony & Hilary Richards, Peter Godfrey, Gary Foley, Dave Parry, Rattler Morgan, Gail Critchley, Morag Campbell, Mary Anthony,



President James welcomed attenders and called upon Rum Bosun Alex to “Up Spirits”. He then called on Paul Chapman for his lamp swinger.



Paul Chapman chose to forego his tale given the low attendance. He did however share some of the content of his proposed topic for the next meeting and allow members to live in anticipation, it will be “Life in the RN – Tots, Drugs and Alcohol”


  1. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES (25/05/17):

Moved: Alex McKinnon: Seconded: Buster Keating: “That the minutes of the general meeting held 25/05/17 be accepted as a true and correct record.” Carried.


3.1 Business arising:

  • Black Tot Day lunch (Paul Chapman-Social Report)
  • RNC quiz night (Reported in Hoist)
  • Visit to Malibu school (Paul Chapman-Social Report)
  • Future rum acquisition (Ian Critchley-Secretary Report)



President James reported the present sick list situation with members Peter Godfrey and Mary Anthony, both are on the mend.

James also spoke on the circulated proposal for ‘Management of the Division’ document and asked members to consider the implications of a failure to nominate for management positions. Comments and/or suggestions to the Secretary prior to the September committee meeting.



5.1 Correspondence


  • Various information emails
  • South African Division Newsletter “Masthead”
  • Queensland Division Newsletter.
  • South Australian Division Newsletter.
  • Devonport Division minutes
  • Solent Division minutes
  • RSLWA Sub-Branch Signal newsletter


  • WA Division March Minutes and May Newsletter.
  • Inward newsletters & minutes to Division members email list.
  • Various information and notification items to members.
  • Email to Jimmy Houston re rum supplies and BT Lunch.


5.2 Report

·         Jimmy Houston will be checking on future Rum supplies

  • Ian tabled a number of older Ganges Gazettes passed on by Ken Read, taken by Patrick Moore. He also tabled details of Navy Books (UK) publications passed on by Buster Keating.


Treasurer Brenda tabled the Bi-Monthly (25th May to 23rd July) Financial Report.

Balances are: Bank $1812.95, Petty Cash $348.12 and Outstanding $85.


Moved: Buster Keating Seconded: Cathy Sharkey: “That the Treasurers Bi-Monthly Report be accepted as a true and correct record.” Carried.


6.1 Report

  • With the management outcome at the AGM uncertain, it was suggested, and agreed, that Division subscription invoices will be delayed until after the AGM.


  • No further contact has been forthcoming from Richard Sims.


  • All is in hand for the Black Tot Day lunch at FNC on Wednesday 02/07/17
  • Paul asked for some indication of who will be attending the Malibu School on Wednesday 16th July, a number of members indicated they would be attending.


  • A request has been received from Rockingham RNA to hold the 2018 Sausage Sizzles on the third Sunday of the even month. This was agreed to in the affirmative by a show of hands.



Raffle master Cathy ran another successful raffle raising $58. Winners were; James Sharkey, Karl Campbell, Peter Greenfield, Peter Greenfield (Redraw) and Charlotte Keating.

Cathy thanked those who had donated prizes but pointed out that the number of prizes available is dwindling and asked members to consider donating further prizes.


  • Visit: Malibu School Wednesday 16th August – 1000 at School
  • Social Sausage Sizzle: Sunday 27th August – 1200 at RNC
  • Committee: Thursday 21st September – 1200 at FNC
  • Division: Thursday 28th September – 1200 at FNC







Orkney service marks HMS Vanguard sinking centenary

Orkney service marks HMS Vanguard sinking centenary

Wreck of HMS VanguardImage copyrightPA
Image captionRoyal Navy divers changed the White Ensign on the wreck of HMS Vanguard as part of the commemorations

A service to mark the centenary of one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the Royal Navy has taken place in Orkney.

More than 800 people died when HMS Vanguard sank in Scapa Flow.

A series of internal explosions ripped through the battleship at about 23:20 on 9 July 1917.

A memorial service was held in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, on Sunday evening to mark the exact moment of the explosions.

Commemorative events also took place above the wreck site and at the Lyness Naval Cemetery where 41 of the men are buried.

The White Ensign on the wreck of the Vanguard was also changed by a team of Royal Navy Divers.

A book of remembrance compiled for the commemorations was handed over to the people of Orkney at the service.

HMS Vanguard
Image captionHMS Vanguard sunk almost immediately after the accidental explosions

Built in 1909, Vanguard was the eighth ship to bear the name and was one of the new generation of Dreadnought battleships.

On 9 July 1917, the ship had been conducting exercises in Scapa Flow and had anchored for the evening.

At 23:20 a series of catastrophic explosions, most likely caused by an accidental magazine explosion, resulted in the ship sinking almost immediately.

Of the 845 men aboard, only two survived.

As part of the commemorations, Royal Navy divers from HM Naval Base Clyde’s Northern Diving Group (NDG) travelled to Orkney to change the White Ensign on the wreck of Vanguard.

Wreck of HMS Vanguard
Image copyrightPA
Wreck of HMS Vanguard
Image copyrightPA

Leading diver James Brown said: “The waters of Scapa have always held a special place in NDG’s heart. Whenever an opportunity arises for us to work in Orkney there is a competition within the team to secure a place.”

Naval regional commander Scotland and Northern Ireland, Captain Chris Smith said the history of the Royal Navy and Scapa Flow were “tightly entwined”.

“The devastating explosion, completely accidental rather than a result of enemy action, was a shock when it happened and the tragic loss of more than 840 lives is still felt through their descendants and those in Orkney who feel passionately that we should mark the centenary in appropriate fashion,” he said.

“I am very happy to be joined by the ship’s companies of HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer as well as the Northern Diving Group and personnel from the current HMS Vanguard as we support the welcome efforts of Orcadians in commemorating the loss of this great battleship and all but two of her crew in suitable fashion.”


 GANGES CREW REMEMBER THIS LAST YEARWell guess what? We are doing it again this year.



at the Maritime Museum Southbank Brisbane.

Monday 31st July 2017

Time turn up 1100 to1145 up spirits 1200

Courtesy of PUSSER’S RUM




Minutes of the HMS GANGES Association – Qld Division AGM 2017 held on 24 June



Present: Dexley Johnson, Jack Gardiner, Ian Thomson, Kennedy Anderson, Charlie Greensmith, Graham Slaney, Judy Gardiner, Joy Thomson, Linda Anderson, Lorna Greensmith.

Apologies:  Roger Bower, Brian Samuels, Ray Barker, David Bird, George Baker and Jack Stacey.


Acceptance of the Minutes of last AGM and Extraordinary General meeting was proposed

by Charlie Greensmith and seconded by Ian Thomson. Minutes accepted unanimously.


Executive positions vacated.


Dexley Johnson appointed by the meeting as temp. Chairman.


Dexley Johnson called for nominations for Executive positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary from the floor. Charlie Greensmith nominated Graham Slaney for President. Seconded by Ian Thomson.


Carried unanimously.


Graham Slaney took the Chair.


Dexley Johnson nominated Linda Anderson for Treasurer. Seconded by Ian Thomson.


Carried unanimously.


Ken Anderson nominated Lorna Greensmith for Secretary. Seconded by Jack Gardiner.


Carried unanimously.


The President asked the meeting if anyone is aware of people not receiving his emails to please notify him.


Treasurer’s Report Presented. Acceptance moved by Charlie Greensmith. Seconded by Lorna Greensmith. Passed.


Ian Thomson asked why some members are awarded 50 and 60yr. certificates from UK Div.

and others are not. Charlie and Ken explained that in order to receive certificates people must be a member of the UK Div. for at least 5 years.


Dexley, Charlie and Ken reaffirmed that when the Qld. Div. formed it was decided at a general meeting that ass. members could serve on the committee owing to the small number of members able and willing to participate due to large distances.


Lorna Greensmith proposed Charlie Greensmith as Rum Bosun due to his long associations

with South Trade …importers of Pussers Rum… who provide us with rum for our tots at meetings. Seconded by Joy Thomson and Dexley Johnson. Carried. Much thanks to our previous Rum Bosun, Ray Barker, who is unwell at the present time. We all wish him a speedy recovery.


A gathering for the 47th anniversary of Black Tot day to take place on Mon. 31st July in the ward room of the Diamantina at the Maritime Museum was suggested. Charlie to contact

Alan Bibby to confirm.


Christmas party to be held at Palms Resort at Beenleigh on Sunday 26th Nov. 17. More info.

will be sent in the newsletter. Dexley suggested fish and chips or chicken from a local fast food shop as an alternative to a BBQ. Decision still open.


Because of the increased cost of UK membership, Lorna raised the issue of perhaps joining our president as a member of the UK Div. as a position rather than a person so that we would always have a rep. to the UK. Ken and Charlie said they would happily serve that function as they were members already and that they did not think the UK Div. would let us do that anyway.


Linda asked that a reminder be sent out in the next newsletter that yearly fees are now due.


Meeting closed at 12.30pm.

Update from Shotley Pier

Now we have started taking payments, people are paying online at Crowdfunder, and by post. The enthusiasm and reminiscences about the pier are truly heartwarming.

We have reached  17% of our target which is a bit on the low side at this stage,. Please help us reach more people by forwarding this newsletter and tell your friends and family about the project. The Crowdfunder pages are great to look at.

A big Thank You to Sarah at the Shotley Rose Pub for her warm welcome at our drop in session,  plenty of people came by to say hallo, and most brought their cheque book with them !

Investors pictured here are delighted to be involved, and are looking forward to strolling on the pier once more



Several people have asked about buying shares for children. We cannot issue shares to anyone under 16 due to our constitution, but you can hold them in trust by filling in the relevant form and we will transfer them into the child’s name on their 16th birthday.

Local Foot Ferry operator Chris, has sent us this 1961 Ferry timetable, its close to our hearts because the foot ferry departed from the Pier in those days

The foot ferry of today has been reinstated by Chris to bring the service up to date with journeys from the Shotley Marina pontoon to Harwich and Felixstowe, and there is plenty of YouTube footage to show the trips – Harwich is a matter of minutes by ferry but over an hour by road. Have a look at their website

To give it the full name, “Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry”  is available to have day trips or one way travel, they also do seal watching trips. Chris has added a bike hire service  and can also offer river cruises.

It’s the beginning of Co-ops Fortnight and we get to tell our #coopstories   Here is our first poster, deliberately a bit brash to catch the eye on Twitter


Shotley Pier

Shotley Pier is a 122 year old Victorian working pier, sited on the peninsula, bounded by two beautiful rivers, River Orwell and River Stour. The area is  a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and UN Ramsar Convention Wetlands with protection from over-development.

The pier has been for sale for several years. Our community group wants to buy and renovate the pier, to enable people to walk on it, and to enable activities such as leisure fishing, crabbing and other activities that interact with the water such as kayaking, rowing, boarding of ferries and boats for day trips.

The pier was used from its earliest days to ferry foot passengers between Harwich and Shotley, saving hours of road travel from Essex to Suffolk.  British Railways Motor Boat Services issued this poster, showing the railway heritage links of the pier.

The views are stunning, the sunsets are amazingly beautiful and photographers, artists and the public love taking pictures and creating art from the changing scene at all times of the day. Many artists and photographers visit for the sunsets, the beauty of the mudflats and the ever changing tidal scenes.

Our group is made up of local people who have watched the pier decline, who wanted to get involved to restore the pier, and create an asset for the community.   Viewing it from the pub window or walking along the prom are the main ways to enjoy it these days, and we want to see it repaired.

The pier has a great history of seafaring use by the Royal Mail, the Royal Navy, and local fishing boats. Local inshore fishing ceased to use the pier more than 10 years ago. The local community now uses the landside area for walking,  launching kayaks and small craft on a short nearby public slipway.   The heritage links to railways,  postal history are well known, and we know that the coal merchant who resided at the Bristol Arms used the pier to unload coal shipped by barge. The coaldust is evident on this photo, along with the turretted tollgate.

Local legend had it that there were lamp-posts on the pier, this photo is great proof the story is true, and gives us the ideal look to aim for in our restoration.

The bay has Harwich port and Felixstowe port within view, so the pier has a fantastic close up view of large numbers of shipping movements rather than a distant sea horizon. People come from miles around to enjoy the busy river views, and to enjoy the mild weather conditions of the sheltered harbour.  Imagine being able to stand at the end of the pier to watch monster cruise ships float by,  they feel almost within arms reach  of the hammerhead.

There is an historical link with the Arthur Ransome book “We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea” and the pier is mentioned in the plot as well as pictured in the book. His work is being celebrated locally in 2017.

HMS Ganges was a large Royal Navy base a few hundred yards from the pier and has a long honourable history of use. We have a lot of photos showing that the trainees at the base used the pier on a daily basis to assist its use of the Admiralty pier nearby. Here is Rear Admiral Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt walking along Shotley Pier as he relinquished his command of the Harwich force in 1919.

The community shares you buy will give you membership of The Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd. Your involvement could be as active as helping to repair and paint it, attend meetings or keep in touch by email and occasional visits. This should be viewed as an investment in community rather than to get a financial return as there won’t be any dividends payable. The focus is on restoring it to working use as well as leisure use such as strolling and fishing.

We are aiming to create several apprenticeships to give young people skills to enter the regional industry of coastal civil engineering, and we will repair the pier out into the water by stages if funds are too limited to do the whole task at once. We already have many skilled volunteers ready to get stuck in.

The Society has formed a large steering committee, which brings together more than 40 years of collective experience in pier operations, engineering skills,  maritime communities expertise, and social enterprise know how.  In order to ensure continuity of service,  as soon as funds permit, the Society will appoint an experienced project manager, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, overseen by the Directors.

We invite you to review our share prospectus and look at our website for further details of our project.

Join us, and own a piece of this unique  Victorian pier.

HMS GANGES Queensland Division Newsletter – June 2017





JUNE 2017

Welcome aboard everyone,

Welcome to the June newsletter, my first topic is to ask your assistance, I have been putting together a complete up-to-date members list with limited success especially regarding the members below whom I believe my contact details are out of date, emails to these folks have been sent back as undelivered, phones disconnected etc. if anyone is in touch with any of these fine people, could you please ask them to contact me, so I can send them these newsletters.

Mike Barron

Dennis Cooper

David Rees

Richard Roe

Jack Stacy

AGM As you are all (hopefully) aware, the AGM will be held on 24th June 2017, if anyone has any motions, or things they wish to put forward / suggest / discuss can I ask you to either forward it to myself or to Lorna (Sec) so we can put some kind of agenda together (closing date for items will be 20th June)

MEMBERSHIP The number of members currently is 26 (including the list above of course)

CONSTITUTION I have been asked by a member if we have a Constitution, I have investigated this thoroughly and discovered that as we are “Incorporated” (which we have to be, to raise money through annual dues, raffles etc, under Queensland State Regulation), we are covered by a generic standard Constitution that covers all small clubs and associations throughout the State.

NEWSLETTER QUIZ Each month I will try and entertain you and maybe test a memory or two, this month for the history experts..

Name the Ship and class (answer next newsletter)

VISIT TO HMS GANGES (2016) – featuring Mr Ian Critchley (President WA) Found this video on YouTube for anyone interested – https:// It runs for 25 minutes and I was shocked at the decay that’s has occurred. I do hope you spot some old shipmates in it.

May was a fairly quiet month so not a lot to write about, as this is YOUR newsletter, if you would like anything added then please contact Scotty (details below). In keeping with History (and particularly Royal Navy Historical facts) I would like to present monthly a few items from history..and something from today’s Royal Navy.

1509 – 1660 Historic Periods
Aware of the growing importance of naval power, Henry VIII built up his own standing fleet, known as the Navy Royal. This enlarged fleet required a more developed administration which eventually saw the establishment of the ‘Navy Board’. When Civil War broke out, the Commonwealth regime created the most powerful and effectively run fleet Britain had ever seen. When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships; this was the beginning of a permanent and professional Royal Navy as we know it today.

2017 Today’s Navy
As of January 2017, there are 77 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy. 19 of the commissioned vessels are major surface combatants (six guided missile destroyers and 13 frigates) and 11 are nuclear-powered subs (four ballistic missile submarines and seven fleet submarines). In addition the Navy possesses a landing platform helicopter, two amphibious transport docks, 15 mine countermeasures vessels, 22 patrol vessels, four survey vessels, one icebreaker and two historic warships (Victory and Bristol). The Royal Navy currently operates three bases where commissioned ships are based; HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde. In addition, a number of commissioned vessels belonging to the University Royal Naval Units (URNU) are stationed at various locations around the United Kingdom. The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approx 337,000 tonnes (641,000 tonnes including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Marines). Besides the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines operate their own flotillas of naval vessels which complement the assets of the Royal Navy, however they are not included in this list or the above figures. In addition, the naval training vessels Brecon and Cromer can be found based at the Royal Navy shore establishment HMS Raleigh and the Britannia Royal Naval College, respectively.[1] As a supporting contingent of Her Majesty’s Naval Service, the civilian Marine Services operate a large number of auxiliary ships (including coastal logistics, tugs and research vessels) in support of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary operations. All ships and submarines currently in commission with the Royal Navy were built in the United Kingdom, with the exception of icebreaker Protector which was built in Norway.

This month’s humour..

This month’s humour comes from …well doesn’t matter where it come from, suffice to say if it doesn’t have you in stitches you should have joined the RAF..

As fans of films like ‘The Cruel Sea’ will know, ships used to be controlled by an officer standing on the bridge and shouting orders into metal tubes. This wasn’t some form of early, computer voice recognition. They were just metal tubes that ran through the ship and appeared somewhere that orders needed to be heard.
One of the tubes led to the ‘wheelhouse’ – an armoured, windowless compartment in the middle of the ship containing the ship’s steering wheel, a gyro repeater to show the ship’s course and absolutely nothing else. Except, that is, for a poor b@stard with the worst job in the world: staring at the gyro repeater for hours on end and making small adjustments on the wheel to keep the repeater showing the ordered course.
If you were unlucky, you’d get the middle watch – from midnight to 0400 – in the wheelhouse. If you were really unlucky your ship would be transiting the Pacific and the course wouldn’t change for days at a time. Well before the times of auto pilots.
On one occasion, at about 0300, the wheelhouse was occupied by the trusty leading coxswain who handled the wheel with a masterly grip, and a cook of ill repute who was at a loose end while the batch of tomorrow’s bread he was baking was in the oven.
Despite having a combined IQ that was lower than some of the marine invertibrates fouling the ship’s hull, this pair were easily bored. As they say, the Emperor makes work for idle hands and they soon discovered that the bolt securing the ship’s wheel was loose. Not only could the bolt be unscrewed, but the entire wheel could be removed – thus leaving a 2,500 ton warship doing up to 20 knots and containing 300+ mainly sleeping matelots totally out of control.
A new form of entertainment was born (no ipods, playstations or DVDs in those days). The pair of loons took turns unbolting the wheel and then bolting it back on again. The ‘winner’ of the game was the one who needed to apply the smallest course correction after reattaching the wheel.
Like all games, this one soon became boring. To spice things up a bit, they decided that they would run round the wheelhouse, carrying the wheel, before reattaching it.
Of course, this also became boring. To cut a long story a bit shorter, they ended up unbolting the wheel and running round the entire upper deck (that’s the main, outside ‘deck’ of the ship that has the big guns, superstructure and helicopters parked on it) while carrying the wheel before returning to the wheelhouse and reattaching it.
As I said, they were not burdened by the ravages of intelligence. It didn’t occur to either of them that, at all times when the ship was at sea, the bridge was occupied by an officer of the watch who was selected for having near perfect eyesight and whose powers of observation were honed by years of training. Naturally, he was somewhat perturbed to see some foul creature scurrying across the fo’csle (the pointy bit at the front) in the small hours of the morning carrying a large object of indeterminate origin.
Three swift steps and the OOW was on the bridge wing (an open ‘balcony’ at each side of the bridge). With the flick of a switch he activated the searchlight and illuminated the miscreant, who froze like the protagonist in a comedy jailbreak. The shouted conversation went like this:-
OOW: Who the fcuk is that on the fo’csle. LSCOX: Nobody sir. OOW: Is that you coxswain? Jesus Christ! Who’s steering the ship? LSCOX: Err … OOW: What’s that you’re carrying? LSCOX: Nothing sir. OOW: It looks like …. JESUS FCUKING CHRIST – IT’S THE SHIP’S WHEEL.
The ship’s company were promptly roused to their emergency stations (the bits of the ship where they go in an emergency such as a fire, a hull breach or a mad b@stard nicking the main steering gear).
The Captain, on hearing the pipe for emergency stations, promptly ran up the bridge ladder in his pyjamas, fearing that his ship had been torpedoed by a rogue Nazi submarine that didn’t know WW2 had ended or a rogue commie submarine that didn’t know WW3 had yet to begin.
The ship’s wheel was reattached, the off duty crew returned to their bunks and calm returned to all parts of the ship. Except the part occupied by the Captain, who was crazed by a furious rage.
At that time, the Naval Discipline Act still allowed the death penalty in some circumstances. The regulators (military naval police) were kept up all night investigating whether this was one of those circumstances and whether the Captain could, through some obscure legal loophole, award a death sentence at the end of a summary trial (where the Captain is the judge and jury and usually hands out a fine).
Not wanting to damage the ship’s newfangled radar and sensitive antennae, the Captain quickly ruled out hanging and made enquiries among the Fleet Legal Team about the possibility of a firing squad on the quarter deck (the flat bit at the back of the ship – usually occupied by a knackered, 25 year old helicopter on modern RN ships).
Sadly, the Captain’s hopes of conducting the first summary execution aboard ship since Pte John Dalinger RM met his maker in 1860 were to be dashed. He had to make do with Courts Martial, discharge and hefty jail sentences for the hapless coxswain and hopeless cook (whose bread ignited during the aftermath of the incident and brought the crew, once more, to emergency stations).
With that I will bid you farewell, until the next newsletter..

Regards and Stand Easy


To contact Scotty Graham Slaney 3/12-14 Musgrave St, KIRRA, Qld 4225 Phone 0434896017. e-mail skype:

P.S. If you no longer wish to receive newsletters from sunny Queensland, please advise and I will remove your details from the list. Until we meet again, fair winds to you all..

PPS For those living on the Gold Coast, if you would like a lift to the AGM please let me know..

HMS GANGES South Australian AGM 2017 Newsletter

The Shotley Buzz No 52

28th May 2017

It has been quite a while since the last South Australian Shotley Buzz, this is due to unfortunate circumstances, we lost our President David Friend who had been very ill with complex problems, also in April we lost our previous Treasurer Ted Arnold who had moved to Queensland to be near his daughter whilst he saw out his time with lung cancer. David’s wife Penny and Ted’s wife Joyce received many condolences from within the Ganges network.

Since the time I stood down as President due to my cancer David and I worked closely together, so he asked me to keep things going during the last few months.

We normally hold our AGM in June/July but due to changed circumstances this was brought forward to 18th May 2017. I was appointed as President/secretary a job we have always combined for convenience in a relatively small group. Margaret Burgess kindly took on the role of treasurer, Mike Crowley(57) took on the role of Vice President and Bob Chumley continues the good work of welfare officer. Margaret and Mike became our signatories for our account at the credit union.

Members present all signed a letter of thanks  to Robyn Renyard daughter in law of our late treasurer Vince Renyard, during the time we were an incorporated body Robyn audited our accounts free.

We had a good turn up for the meeting but with 10 apologies from members and their wives mainly sickness, being away and standing apologies for long distance.

We then continued into an ordinary meeting which was held at our normal venue hopefully everyone enjoyed their meal and socialising with each other.

The attached photograph at the luncheon shows members present holding the South Australian Ganges Ensign is 97 year old Peter Thomas (1940)



Our next general meeting will be held in mid July.


Your aye

Derek Ernst


HMS Ganges Victorian Division Newsletter (Masthead 225)

Victoria Australia

Chairman: David Lines.   Secretary: Harry Harrison



Secretary conveyed Chairman David Lines’ apologies David and Janet are on a cruise over the Top End and onto Singapore. Smooth sailing for them. Secretary opened the meeting and welcomed all.

Birthdays for April  Charles Jenkinson 92, Alby Cunliffe 91, Ken Irons 86, Bill Agnew 82.Congratulations, Very Happy Birthdays to the Four Amigos

Apologies David and Janet Lines, John and Maureen Hannant, Tom Clark and his daughter Jane, Jean Rees, Sally Briscoe, Albie and Phyllis Cunliffe, Owen and Carmel Dingle, Mary Stephens, Joe Deguara, Charles Jenkinson, Ric Clark, Mike Bennett, Ada Barnard, Flo Livingston, Harry Thacker To those of you who are not well, a speedy recovery. To all others we hope all is well. The apologies outweighed those present at the meeting

Sick List   Albie Cunliffe had an accident at his gang hearty he is recovering well Best of Luck Albie.

CTB South Australia  President David Friend and SA member Tom Arnold Crost the Bar Vale David and Tom

Treasurers Report   Account Balance Victorian Division $3.440.23

Correspondence  Bank statement, Solent Division, Queensland newsletter. Sympathy cards and emails acknowledging CTB’s.

UK Association    Have held another successful reunion and AGM. Colin Gent was elected Chairman of the association unopposed. Our congratulations to Colin. Our best wishes for a steady as she goes for the association. All the committee were re-elected our congratulations to all. The Victorian Division acknowledges and thank the Chairman and committee for all their hard work, and professional approach to governing the Association. BZ

 General Business 1) October Get Together The division has put on hold 12 rooms at Club Mulwala Resort. From the 16th.-21st. October. The rooms available are 3 standard rooms discount tariff $128, 8 premium discount tariff $148, 1 deluxe tariff $156 and one two roomed room discount tariff $280. A deposit of one nights’ tariff is required 2 months prior to arrival, refund 24 hours before arrival. Would all those interested contact the secretary or chairman.

There are a number of wineries, breweries and other attractions and places of interest in the area. A list and options and prices will be available at next meeting.

2) Queensland Division President Charlie Greensmith informs us that due to his medical condition he is stepping down as president of the division. Charlie has done an excellent job steering the division over a number of years. The smooth transition to a new Chairman Scotty Slaney is a credit to his administration. We congratulate Charlie on a job well done and wish him and Lorna the very best of everything for the future.

We welcome Scotty as President and hope to catch up with him in the future. Be interesting how he got the nickname Scotty when not born in Scotland.

3) South Australia  Our condolences have been forwarded to the SA division and the family of the President David Friend who Crost the Bar.  To our knowledge Peter Burgess has been Acting President whether Peter has taken the position of President is not known. IPP Derek Ernst is keeping us informed. Our best of luck to all.


1) Harry Kime thanked the division on behalf of the FNMC committee for the donation to ANZAC day activities at the club. An enjoyable day was had by those who attended.

Secretary  Thanked Joan and Harry for a most enjoyable lunch. A big thank you to Barbara Canty for a delicious dessert. Harry for tending the bar and Mark Kinder for tending the bar and assisting in the kitchen

2) A reminder that the RNA lunch for May is on the 3rd Sunday the 21st. May there will be a service to dedicate a plaque in remembrance of Jimmy Johnson commencing at 1200hrs. For catering numbers for lunch contact Mike.

The next meeting is at Seven Bells *(1130hrs) May the 24th. 2017. at FNMC

Regards – Harry Harrison

Thought for the month: – “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something” Thomas Henry Huxley

Albie on his 91st Birthday decided the Cunliffe clan would invade Berwick. Albie is wearing body armour ?

Stop Press

Thomas Bell Clark CPO Steward


Tom Crost the Bar Tuesday 8/05/2017.

Our condolences to his daughters Jane and Miriam and Granddaughter Emma.

The funeral is Tuesday 16th. May 2017 at

David W Bull funeral parlour

190 Princes Highway Pakenham.

Vale Tom

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