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 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.