Monthly Archives April 2017

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

HMS GANGES Victorian Division Newsletter December 2018


Victoria Australia

Chairman: David Lines.   Secretary: Harry Harrison 36 Barretts Road Langwarrin South Vic 3911

Telephone Harry 03-9728-3200


Chairman David Lines     Opened the meeting and welcomed John and Ann Horner for making the trip from Gisborne. A warm welcome was extended to Bill Agnew and Owen and Carmen Dingle good to have them aboard after a lengthy absence. A warm welcome to all.

A tab was opened at the bar for the ladies to have a drink.

Birthdays   November Winfrede Agnew, Winifred Harrison, Mike Bennett, John Hillman and Pat Vary Best wishes to all. Also our congratulations to Owen and Carmel, who celebrated their 71st. wedding anniversary on the 18th. October Bravo Zulu Owen and Carmel.

Apologies John and Maureen Hannant, Winifred Harrison

 Sick List.  Albie Cunliffe has a virus and is unable to attend. Winifred Harrison is still in hospital.

Treasurers Report  Total in account $3,851:62.

Correspondence  Bank Statement, WA Hoist, Shotley Buzz 55,Queensland News Letter

UK Association   The Association is moving along positively. Members will receive a 2019 endorsement for their membership card in the next gazette. Dues are payable through Brenda Chitty the Australian Financial Administrator for the Association.

We received a comprehensive financial report from the Treasurer Phil Bridge. Members received the report and the general opinion is that it is good to see the Association in good shape in the black and donating to worthy causes.BZ to Phil and the committee.

Last year Treasurer Phil underwent a hip replacement this year Phil informs us that he marched the full distance on Remembrance Day. BZ Phil and the Ganges Company.

We the Victorian Division wish the Chairman Colin Gent the committee and all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

General Business   1) The kick off meeting will be held on Sunday 20th. January 2019 At a cost of $36 pp, at the FNMC Catering will be as it was last year.By Cheryl of Gourmet Catering. Those wishing to attend please contact Chairman David or Secretary HarryH with numbers attending,  guests are welcome.

2) There was a good attendance for Remembrance Day. The 100th Anniversary  of the Armistice declared in 1918.

Our thanks to the President and Committee of the FNMC for organising the occasion.

3) Get Together 2019   Anyone with a location they would like to visit pass it on to David or HarryH

4)  Chairman David outlined the reason and methodology of gofunding. In this case for a medication that may prolong Charlie Greensmith’s life. The cost of the medication is $63,000.Which is a lot of money to find. So a gofund site was set up. Individuals may wish to donate to the fund. It was decided as the lunch is all donated the equivalent to the monies that would have been collected be donated to the fund. This was agreed to. Individuals also offered to donate.

.Chairman David Lines Thanked Ann and John Horner for donating the home made Christmas pudding, brandy sauce, shortbreads and mince pies. Thank you John and Ann.

A Big Thank you to Joan and Harry  Kimefor preparing and serving the delicious lunch. Joan and and Harry managed to defrost a 6.2kg turkey from when David dropped the turkey off on Monday to a delicious meal on Wednesday. Also Joan and Harry donated and cooked the vegetables donated the “nibbles”, and decorated the tables very festive. Harry Kime and Mark kinder for bar service. Janet and David Lines for supplying the turkey and ham, and all who donated ingredients for lunch.

Chairman Thanked everyone for attending and making it an enjoyable occasion, and declared Up Spirits for a Christmas Tot or drink

The Loyal Toast was made

ChairmanClosed the Meeting

There is no meeting in December so we hope to see you all and any guests at the Kick off Meeting at the FNMC  Seven Bells (11:30hrs.)on Sunday 20th.. January 2019

Regards – Harry Harrison

The Chairman’s Christmas message: – To all Victorian members, I thank you for your support throughout 2018 to both myself and Harry Harrison, as we have said before, it is you the members that make this Association, and it is you that have helped us make the decisions we have needed to make throughout the year, and this includes the get together held at Cadell on the Murray. Everybody had a say in this, and I think that those who attended not only from Victoria, but also Australia Wide and N.Z. made this a worthwhile A laugh and a bit of fun go a long way to enjoying yourselves. We look forward to 2019, and planning a getaway later in the year, to wherever YOU decide. It leaves me to say, I hope you All have a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year. See you all on the 20th. January 2019 for lunch at the FNMC. From David and Janet

As me move into the festive season and approach a brand New Year we remember those who CTB during the last year and all those suffering medical problems So when you raise a glass or two remember the good health to all and our absent friends. Harry Harrison Secretary

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.