New Navy history website launched

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has launched a new website for the Naval Historical Society of Australia at an event at Cockatoo Island.

The new website is a rich resource, which informs readers, researchers and students about the events, naval heritage sites, people and ships throughout Australian naval history.

President Naval Historical Society of Australia, Captain David Michael said the new website was a comprehensive database.

“If information is not on the site, directions will show the way or the Society’s research service can assist.

“More than 1,500 stories are available.”

The Naval Historical Society originated in Garden Island Dockyard 47 years ago and has continued to grow and flourish. Through its global reach and local services including public guided tours of Garden Island, the Society has provided excellent support to Navy and the community.

Cockatoo Island was a fitting venue for the event due to its significance as a World heritage listed site, the result of a rich indigenous, convict and naval shipbuilding and repair history. The oldest dockyard in Australia, Cockatoo Island facilitated the construction of more than 30 RAN ships. Shipbuilding commenced with HMAS Huon in 1916 and culminated with HMAS Success in 1986.

Cockatoo Island is featured on the new website along with 14 other naval heritage sites. Each heritage site page provides an overview of the site’s significance, history and related links.

In addition to showcasing the new website, Captain Michael said the event was an opportunity to thank the Department of Environment, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and many Society volunteers who contributed to the website’s development.

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