The Objectives of the company continue to
be consistent with those originally set out in the Memorandum of
Association 1946. Directors have also been conscious of the need to
ensure that our objectives and activities are appropriate and / or
“fine-tuned” to meet the present-day activities of our numerous
Rookwood 2015 Commemoration
From Left to Right
Mr. Phil Orchard
WWII Veteran, The Late Mr. Ernest Flint WWII Veteran & long time
Past President of the US Army Small Ships Assoc. (Crossed the Bar
03/07/15), Mr. Stan Shardlow, WWII Veteran & Vice President MN RSL
Sub Branch, Mr. Keith Pryor WWII Veteran, Mr. Vic Totman WWII
Veteran (Crossed the Bar 24/01/17), Ms. Jennifer Collins, Deputy
Commissioner, DVA NSW, Mr. Joe Miller, WWII Veteran (Crossed the
Bar 25/12/15, Mr. Bob Kirkpatrick, WWII Veteran (Crossed the Bar
12/09/18), Mr. Don Kennedy WWII Veteran & President MN RSL Sub
Branch, Mr. Merrill Barker, Secretary MN RSL Sub Branch, Mr. Frank
O’Dwyer WWII Veteran
In carrying out its activities, the Board
has developed a VISION STATEMENT and PRIMARY OBJECTIVE
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.
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
Our aim in all that we undertake is to ‘MAKE A
DIFFERENCE', and are guided by the following
• Accepting the responsibility of our
generation to ensure the greater recognition of the vital role
undertaken by the Australian Merchant Navy in WWI & WWII.
• Identifying and partnering with other organisations that can assist
our efforts to advance the cause of the greater recognition of the
• 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) and
encouraging increased participation, especially among younger
• Supporting where possible other Merchant Navy War Memorials throughout
• 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.
• Prudent management of the MNWMF Investment Portfolio, in partnership
with our external Financial Advisor, to ensure that the Fund can
continue to achieve its Vision Statement & Primary Objective.
• Pursuing opportunities for Federal and State Grants, Corporate
Sponsorship, Bequests and Donations to offset costs and assist to fund
• 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.
• 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.
We remain highly committed to continuing to work in what we believe is
the best interests of our cherished Merchant Navy Veterans and the wider
Australian Merchant Navy Community.