David Mearns’ Lecture Tour

David Mearns is undertaking an Australian lecture tour of his new book The Shipwreck Hunter.  You’ll see by the blurb that it includes history, human stories and adventure on the high seas, as well as fascinating detective work.  It covers such ships as HMAS Sydney, AHS Centaur, HMS Hood and Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet.

The Shipwreck Hunter

Here are the details of David Mearns’ speaking tour:


Queensland Maritime Museum

412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

26 July 2017 to coincide with the launch.

5.30pm to 7pm


RSVP to QMM 38445361, info@maritimemuseum.com.au to assist with planning. 


Australian National Maritime Museum

Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

27 July 2017

6pm to 8pm

Special rate, $35pp incl. glass of wine and canapés

RSVP to Discounted tickets



Club Pavilion, City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

31 July 17

12 noon to 2pm

RSVP to 9944 8876 or memberevents@racv.com.au 

Costs which include a glass of wine and a light lunch are $65.00 for RACV General Members, and $70 for non-members.

Let them know you are Centaur family and they will try to seat you together.


Petition Wine Bar, State Buildings

cnr St Georges Tce & Barrack St, Perth 6000 WA

1 Aug 17

6.30pm to 8pm

1 ticket and 1 book – $55; 2 tickets and 1 book – $80

Order Tickets via link http://statebuildings.com/event/words-wine-shipwreck-hunter/ ;

Enquiries (08) 6168 7780 or enquiries@statebuildings.com                                                                                               


A search of the internet revealed no details for the Geraldton talk.  We imagine this would probably be mainly for HMAS Sydney or Kormoran people, and don’t propose doing any further research unless we get a request from our members.

We suggest that when you have booked your ticket those going to

Brisbane also contact our representative Michael Forrest at mforrest25@hotmail.com

Sydney contact our representative Richard Jones at rich.marg.jones@optusnet.com.au

Melbourne contact our representative Tony Bracken at tonyb6349@me.com 

If you cannot attend the launch or one of the lectures and would like to order a signed copy of the book please let me or one of our representatives know and they will see if that can be arranged.  It would be at the going price (about $32) plus postage.

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Memorial Service Times

Brisbane, Qld.
Saturday 14 May 2016 at 11am

At St Andrew’s Anglican Church Lutwyche. In attendance will be the choir of Brisbane Girls Grammar, the pipes of Brisbane Boys’ College and the cadets from TS Centaur, ACN. Refreshments will be served following the Service. RSVP by 7 May to Secretary Ms Sue De Vries, PO Box 1233, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 or email: admin@centaurnursesfund.org.au

Caloundra, Qld.
Saturday 14 May 2016 at 11am

At the Memorial in Centaur Park. Children from local schools will lay an individual flower on each name on the Walkway on behalf of relatives. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath please see the Secretary, Dick Alchin, before the Service begins. Morning tea after the Service at Caloundra RSL. Enquiries: Mrs Erica Costigan OAM, PR Centaur Commemoration Committee at bryan.costigan@bigpond.com or telephone (07) 5492 1892

Dapto, NSW.
Saturday 14 May 2016 at 2.30pm

At the War Memorial in the small park adjacent to Dapto Railway Station. All welcome. Refreshments following the Service at Dapto RSL opposite the park. For further information or directions contact Jack Gray, 02 4283 4652, or email rwjgray@reachnet.com.au

Point Danger, Qld.
Friday 13 May 2016 at 10am.

At the Memorial (weather permitting, otherwise in the assembly hall, Centaur Primary School, Eucalyptus Drive, Banora Point). The Service is conducted by the school students. Refreshments following the Service. RSVP 8 May 2016 to Centaur Primary School (07) 5524 9655.

Concord, Sydney, NSW.
Thursday 12 May 2016 at 10.30am

In the 113 AGH Memorial Chapel, Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd, Concord. Refreshments available after the Service. RSVP 5 May 2016 to Melva Lindley at melva.lindley@sswahs.nsw.gov.au or telephone (02) 9767 5256

Melbourne, Vic.
Sunday 15 May 2016 at 9.00am.

In the ANZAC Memorial Chapel, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, 300 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West. Entry via Gate 9. Enquiries: Robert Winther (03) 9496 2324, or robert.winther@austin.org.au Refreshments will be served at the Darebin RSL Sub-Branch at 402 Bell Street, Preston.

Canberra, ACT.
Saturday 14 May 2016 at 4.55pm.

The Centaur Last Post Ceremony at the AWM. Assemble in the Orientation Gallery with Association member, Ted Leask, by 4.30pm. Ted will have poppies for those who wish to place a poppy on the Roll of Honour prior to the commencement of the ceremony. People laying wreaths or floral tributes are asked to meet with AWM staff also in the Orientation Gallery.

RSVP Jan Thomas (02) 6564 8400 or jthomas44@bigpond.com by 7 May 2016. Please advise if you wish to lay a wreath or floral tribute during the ceremony, and/or place a poppy on the Roll of Honour.

The Centaur casualty to be commemorated will be Pte F. J. Lynagh, 2/12th Field Ambulance.

Macksville, NSW.

Saturday 14 May 11am.

At the War Memorial on the riverbank. Association members and supporters living on the mid north coast or visiting are invited to attend. Refreshments after the Service at Macksville Ex- Services Club. Enq: Jan Thomas, jthomas44@bigpond.com or telephone 02 6564 8400.

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