Stella Bowen : Art, Love and War
Period: The war years
Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin (1882–1954) was a long-serving British naval officer who headed the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at the outbreak of the Second World War.
After a long and illustrious career, Colvin was appointed Chief of Naval Staff to the Royal Australian Navy in 1937. Under his leadership, the RAN expanded its naval fleet and maintained a high profile in Australia’s military affairs.
At the outbreak of war Colvin was an active participant in international planning; however, by 1940 his health was failing and he resigned the following year. Colvin returned to London where he served as Naval Advisor to the Australian High Commission from 1942 to 1944.