Vice Admiral John Augustine Collins, KCB, CB

Date of birth  1899-01-07  Deloraine, TAS. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1912-12-31  Enlisted in the RAN. 
Other  1913  Joined the first class of cadets at the Royal Australian Naval College, Geelong. 
Other  1916  Graduated from Royal Australian Naval College. 
Other  1917  Served on HMS Canada. 
Date promoted  1918  Appointed sub lieutenant. 
Date promoted  1919  Appointed lieutenant. 
Date returned to Australia  1921  Joined HMAS Melbourne. he then attended several gunnery courses in England. 
Other  1926  Rejoined Melbourne as a gunnery officer. 
Other  1927  Lieutenant commander appointed to HMAS Renown as Naval Liaison Officer for the visit of the Duke and Dutchess of York. 
Other  1932  Attended the Naval Staff College at Greenwich. 
Other  1933  Began work as a commander in the Admiralty's Plans Division. 
Other units  1935 - 1936  Served aboard the HMAS Sydney in the Mediterranean Sea during the Abyssinian Crisis. 
Date promoted  1937  Appointed captain in the Admiralty Plans Division. 
Other  1938 - 1939  Appointed Assistant Naval Chief of Staff. 
Other  1939-11-16  Given command of HMAS Sydney and sailed for the Mediterranean. 
Other  1940-07-19  Collins was involved with the sinking if the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni. Collins recieved a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his service in this action. 
Date of honour or award  1940-07-26  Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). 
Other  1941-08  Posted to Singapore as Assistant Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, China. 
Other  1943-04-17  Appointed captain of the HMAS Shropshire. 
Other units  1944  Transferred to HMAS Australia. 
Date promoted  1944-06  Promoted commodore 1st class. 
Date wounded  1944-10-21  A kamikaze attack killed the ship's captain and wounded Collins. 
Other  1945-07  Returned to duties. 
Date returned to Australia  1946-02   
Date promoted  1947  Promoted rear admiral. 
Other  1948 - 1955  Appointed Australian Chief of Naval Staff and the First Naval Member. 
Date promoted  1950-05  Appointed vice admiral. 
Date of honour or award  1951-01-01  Gazetted Knight Comander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). 
Date of discharge  1955  Retired from the Navy. 
Other  1956 - 1962  Appointed Australia's High Commissioner to New Zealand. 
Date of death  1989-09-03  Sydney, NSW.