Action Stations: South Australia and the Navy

South Australia established its navy in 1884. Her Majesty’s Colonial Ship Protector sailed into Semaphore to overwhelming public support. Colonial leaders had sought a warship for twenty years to protect their coasts, support the British Empire and to declare the colony’s coming of age.

Action Stations explores the roles that South Australians have played in the colonial navy and the Royal Australian Navy through the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War. It looks beyond major events to the personal experiences and insights of the seafarers who served in these conflicts.