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Royal Australian Navy in South Australia

Image 9: A Women’s Royal Australian Navy inspection by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, HMAS Torrens, South Australia, c.1944. Australian War Memorial

Image 9: A Women’s Royal Australian Navy inspection by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, HMAS Torrens, South Australia, c.1944. Australian War Memorial
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South Australia's only naval establishment, HMAS Cerberus, opened in 1917. Its role was to provide depot facilities for warships operating in South Australian waters. Renamed HMAS Torrens in 1940 and later HMAS Encounter in 1966, the base was closed in 1994. A Navy Support Office was subsequently established at Keswick Barracks. Details of Royal Australian Navy service records from World War I, World War II, later conflicts and in peacetime are provided in Chapter 19.

Records held by the Archives relating to the Royal Australian Navy in South Australia include service dossiers, registers, correspondence and port orders.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Recorded by: Naval Commandant, South Australia
South Australian Naval Reserve Progress Book, 1906 A9991
Personal files, 1965–75 AT2005/1
Melbourne and Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Defence, Navy Office
Volume of wages and deductions for the crew of HMCS Protector, 1884–93 B5523
Enrolment book for candidates of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, South Australia, 1904–10 B5533
Register of record of service of members of the Commonwealth Naval Militia and Royal Australian Naval Reserve (M) B Class, South Australia, 1906–16 B5532
Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide
Recorded by: HMAS Cerberus/(from 1940) HMAS Torrens/(from 1966) HMAS Encounter, South Australia
Royal Australian Naval Reserve service books, 1911–29 D3059
Royal Australian Naval Brigade, Royal Australian Navy Reserve and Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve Officers Certificate of Conduct book butts, 1918–28 D3058
District Naval Orders, 1919–52 AP90/2
Service certificates, Royal Australian Naval Reserve and Women's Royal Australian Navy, 1939–46 D5326
Personal record dossiers, 1940–66 AT770/1
War Diary – HMAS Torrens renamed HMAS Encounter, draft copy, 1941–47 D1481
Personnel files, 1947–94 D4844
Port orders – Port Adelaide, 1948–49 D307
Navy correspondence files, 1947–59 D292
Navy correspondence files, 1959–72 D305
Navy correspondence files, 1959–72 D293
Navy correspondence files, 1972–94 D299
Medical clinical notes – Repatriation General Hospital reports, 1968 AT1147/5
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Melbourne
South Australian estimates – naval, 1901 B168, 1901/184
Adelaide
Buildings miscellaneous Naval Depot Birkenhead, 1911–31 D292, 14/1/2
Naval Auxiliary Patrol, South Australia, 1941–53 D292, 87/1/1
Mines – sweeping carried out in South Australia – mines discovered in South Australian waters during World War II, 1945 D305, 40/32
Women's Royal Australian Naval Service – miscellaneous, 1945–48 D292, 148/1/3

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Defence