Kit Muster

John Perryman, CSM

Uniforms, badges and the categories of the Australian Navy 1865 - 1953.

A history of the people of the Royal Australian Navy, and their attire since colonial times.

In the late 19th century the uniforms worn by Australia's infant colonial naval forces virtually mirrored those of Great Britain's Royal Navy, with only minor differences distinguishing the two apart. Since then, shifting social attitudes, new technologies, wars and even religion have all influenced changes. It is s story of continuous evolution.

This history by Senior Naval Historian John Perryman concentrates on the early part of that evolution beginning in 1865 with the passing of the Colonial Naval Defence Act, the formation of the Commonwealth Naval Forces on 1 March 1901 and the grant of the 'Royal' title in 1911, continuing through to 1953 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.

This book stands as a tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy and will serve as a valuable resource for those with an interest in uniforms and insignia.

Hard cover, photographs, 305 pages.

Kit Muster