The Merchant Navy War
Memorial Fund (MNWMF)

ABN 19 000 052 059

 
 








 

 

VISION STATEMENT

TO ENSURE THAT THE AUSTRALIAN MERCHANT NAVY
“A TITLE EMBLAZONED IN BATTLE AND HONOURED IN FREEDOM”
IS RECOGNISED AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF AUSTRALIAN MARITIME HISTORY AND SOCIAL CULTURE

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE
 

HONOURING THE MEMORY OF AUSTRALIAN MERCHANT NAVY MARINERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WARS I AND II AND GIVING THANKS FOR THOSE THAT WERE ABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR FAMILIES.

 

 

Rookwood 2015 Commemoration

From Left to Right

Mr. Phil Orchard WW2 Veteran, The Late Mr. Ernest Flint WW2 Veteran & long time Past President of the US Army Small Ships Assoc. (Crossed the Bar 25/12/15), Mr. Stan Shardlow, WW2 Veteran & Vice President MN RSL Sub Branch, Mr. Keith Pryor WW2 Veteran, Mr. Vic Totman WW2 Veteran, Ms. Jennifer Collins, Deputy Commissioner, DVA NSW, Mr. Joe Miller, WW2 Veteran (Crossed the Bar 25/12/15, Mr. Bob Kirkpatrick, WW2 Veteran, Mr. Don Kennedy WW2 Veteran & President MN RSL Sub Branch, Mr. Merrill Barker, Secretary MN RSL Sub Branch, Mr. Frank O’Dwyer WW2 Veteran

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

The board of the Merchant Navy War Memorial Fund (MNWMF) seeks to achieve this vision and objectives through:

• Ensuring ongoing viability and vitality of the annual commemorations at Rookwood, NSW (April) & the National Merchant Navy War Memorial, Canberra, ACT (October) by further developing the partnership
(IMPLEMENTED 2014) with the Rookwood General Cemetery Reserve Trust (RGCRT) and the National Capital Authority (NCA) (IMPLEMENTED 2015)

• Supporting where possible other merchant navy war memorials throughout Australia

• Initiating an Australia wide campaign for the Merchant Navy Emblem to be added to existing War Memorials.

• Pursuing with the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA) https://www.anfa-national.org.au/  and via ANFA the six State Associations, a closer alignment of National Flag Day & Merchant Navy Day, both of which are 3rd September each year.

• Enhance the close partnership developed with the Australian Maritime College (AMC), through the “Merchant Navy War Memorial Fund Scholarship” and identifying potential areas of part and/or full-time sea going opportunities for AMC Cadets.

• Pursuing opportunities for Federal and State Grants, Corporate Sponsorship, Bequests and Donations to offset costs and assist to fund new initiatives.

• An ongoing two year ‘strategic plan’ that documents policies and procedures of key activities that can be followed and further developed by those who follow.

• Working with the Merchant Navy RSL Sub Branch, the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and the Company of Master Mariners Australia (CMMA) in the achievement of our joint objectives.

• Accepting the responsibility of our generation to ensure the continued recognition of the service and sacrifices of the Australian Merchant Navy in the years ahead and to “make a difference”.

• Encouragement of the next generation, to take up our and our predecessors’ passion and commitment to ensure that future Merchant Navy recognition is as secure in the future as in the past and the present.

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