- Howland, Tony
- History - general
- RAN Ships
- None noted.
- June 2010 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
At the time of writing, the Chapel is temporarily unavailable for tours whilst it undergoes renovations. However, the Society has recently produced an excellent DVD, giving a very complete history of the Chapel, which we show at the beginning of our tours, and which more than makes up for its unavailability. In addition, Norm Rivett, one of our very active volunteers and a long-term employee of the Dockyard has recently brought out a book, From Church to Chapel, giving a detailed history of the Chapel. Copies of the book are on sale to our touring visitors.
No list of our achievements would be complete without a mention of our website, www.navyhistory.org.au. We are particularly proud of the site, not only for its quality but also for its popularity. The site receives over 50,000 hits per year, most of which come from GOOGLE where the Society is the first nomination worldwide under ‘Navy History’. Over 30% of the hits come from overseas, whilst many come from the general public.
As we look to the future, we are looking to upgrade our computer programmes to more effectively manage our activities.
Grants are being sought from various agencies with the support of our patron, the Chief of Navy. In addition, we propose to increase our support to the NEOCs, with a number of initiatives being discussed with the training staff at HMAS Creswell.
Your Society is alive and well, and thriving under the enthusiastic guidance of a dedicated bunch of volunteers. Over the last couple of years, the attrition rate of senior members has not generally been made up by new members, but we are confident that a range of initiatives we are taking to remedy that situation will bear fruit.