Joan served in the WRANS from 1960 to 1981 as a WRAN Radio Operator (WRRO), later re-categorized as WRROM (Morse), and again re-categorized as WRROS (Special). Joan progressed through the ranks and on discharge had reached the rank of Warrant Officer. Postings included HMAS Cerberus, Harman and Coonawarra. Joan was also the first WRAN at HMAS Harman to proceed on maternity leave.
Joan’s love of history, specifically of the WRANS and RAN Women, culminated in the writing and publishing of 2 books titled Women of the Royal Australian Navy Part 1 and Part 2. Books will be available for sale on the Saturday, 3 April 2018, with Joan standing by with pen to sign!!
We are honoured to have Joan at the 2018 WRANS-RAN Women's Reunion and acknowledge the time she took to write the history of the WRANS and RANNS.
Kathy joined the WRANS in 1971, serving at HMAS CERBERUS, followed by the Motor Transport Drivers (MTD) course at HMAS ALBATROSS. She discharged on marriage in 1973.
Kathy has become a noted artist in South Australia, mainly in regional areas, where she paints landscapes and buildings, particularly around the Strathalbyn area. Her artwork however is not limited to these genres, and on many occasions, she has been commissioned to paint portraits.
Kathy will have some of her paintings on display on Saturday, 3 April 2018. All displayed material will be for sale.
We are honoured to have Kathy at the 2018 WRANS-RAN Women's Reunion and are proud to be able to showcase her talent.