Monday, September 5, 2011

'It's over to you, sir'

With these words, the recast bust of Vice Admiral William Rooke Creswell, regarded as the father of the Royal Australian Navy, was handed over to the care of the City of Port Phillip. Port Melbourne has been very significant in the history of the RAN, now celebrating its centenary year*. The bust of Creswell was first unveiled in 1938. Following amalgamation the bust disappeared - leaving only the plinth outside the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. The Navy League traced the original cast for the bust and had a new one made which was unveiled today. But the mystery remains - where is the original? *Click here for a map showing sites of significance to the Navy in Port.

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