Friday, August 21, 2009

'Answering the Call'

Port Melbourne is a hugely significant site for the history of the navy in Australia.
Some milestone dates
  • 1859: Naval Reserve training commenced with the formation of the Sandridge company of the Victorian Naval Brigade
  • 1912: following the formation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1911, the Drill Hall was built on the corner Rouse/Bay (currently the home of Circus Oz)
  • 1942: Australian Navy Reserve Drill Hall was built on the former lagoon and named HMAS Lonsdale

Nothing of this history remains - save the name hm@s.

The Naval Heritage Foundation of Australia is seeking to install this memorial on the foreshore opposite Dow St.

The Council has provided 'in principle' support. Coastal consent will now be sought from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

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