Monday, June 6, 2011

Another trace of the Royal Australian Navy in Port

image courtesy of Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society, used with permission

On May 14th, I wrote about the Naval Drill Hall at 40 Bay St, built a year after the formation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1911. In 1942 an Australian Navy Reserve Drill Hall was built on the former Sandridge lagoon. Anyone who joined the RAN in Victoria during World War 11 would have passed through HMAS Lonsdale and carried the prefix PM in front of their official number which signified where they had joined the navy. Decommissioned in 1992, and following a period of intense planning controversy, hm@s was built on the site.

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