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-- CHAP Richard Quadrio, of HMAS Penguin
The open day was terrifically organised and
people were very happy. All the ships were
open and looking very good.
LSIS Helen Frank
SYDNEY Harbour ferry passengers
were surprised to hear the smooth
sound of saxophone music as they
stepped aboard during the week of the
IFR.All six of the Navy's band detach-
ments descended on Sydney to support
IFR functions around the city. They
played at various locations and events
including supporting the fireworks dis-
play at Bradfield Park and entertaining
the Governor-General at Garden Island.
Three groups of musicians enter-
tained morning commuters on the
Manly to Circular Quay ferry runs.
Different groups were featured
each day, including various wood-
wind and brass combinations from
the Sydney, Queensland and South
Australian detachments of the band
as well as the visiting Royal New
Zealand Navy (RNZN) Band.
Band Master of the South
Australian detachment CPOMUSN
Kara Williams played in the saxo-
"Playing on the ferry was my
favourite gig," CPO Williams said.
"The looks on the passengers faces
when they realised there was live
music on the ferry was priceless.
"They didn't quite know what was
going on and then after we introduced
ourselves and started playing they real-
ly got into it."
Manly local Simon Cowell was
on the 8am ferry on October 4 and
enjoyed listening to the RNZN Band's
"They were up on the top level of
the ferry and we were lucky enough to
get really close to them," he said.
"I had my parents with me, who are
in their 80s, and they just loved it."
Mr Cowell's mother, Shirley, said
the classical music was a lovely sur-
"They played beautifully," she said.
"It was so soothing to listen to at
that time of the morning."
While they were on board, the ferry
stopped to allow three of the interna-
tional warships to pass.
"Everyone rushed to the side of the
ferry to see them sail by -- including the
musicians," Mr Cowell said.
"It was a really nice thing to share
the celebrations with the Navy this
CPO Williams said she was treated
to a beautiful calm ride during the SA
quintet's time on board.
"The weather was beautiful," CPO
"We couldn't have hoped for a bet-
"It was so smooth and the trip went
so quickly our set was over before we
"We would have gone backwards
and forwards to Manly all day if we
Place for quiet reflection
TUNEFUL TONES: (L-R) Musicians PO Clayton Tschirn, AB Siobhan Finney, CPO Kara Williams, AB Nicole
Bates and LS Tom Bastians, of the Navy Band South Australian detachment, on board a Manly ferry.
Photo: AB Tom Gibson
SGT Dave Morley
ONE of the less obvious sites open to the
public during the IFR was the Garden Island
CHAP Richard Quadrio said there was a
surprisingly large number of visitors to the
chapel during the IFR open day on October 6.
"We just had a little sign up out the front,
but members brought their families up and
people who had been married here came
back," he said.
"People came to see the memorial plaques
downstairs dedicated to members who have
died and one lady here was just in tears when
she saw her CO's plaque.
"I was surprised at how many people
made it upstairs to a quiet place to have a
chat, a bit of a rest and a time to reflect."
CHAP Quadrio said he thought the chapel
was an important and historic part of the Navy.
"People enjoyed having a chat, talking
about historic parts of the chapel and the
memorials to the ships," he said.
The chapel building dates from 1886
and is one of the earliest main buildings on
It was originally erected as a rigging
house but when sail gave way to steam the
use of the building became haphazard and
A suggestion was made in 1902 that it be
turned into a chapel.
The historic chapel continues to be used
by many in the Navy as the venue for memo-
rial services, occasional worship services,
weddings, funerals and baptisms.
Its stained-glass windows depict many
of the Navy's ships going back to WWI, and
plaques on the walls are dedicated to Navy
and Marine Light Infantry members who died
during or after their naval service.
OPEN TO ALL: CHAP Richard Quadrio in the Garden Island Naval Chapel
during the IFR.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
SWEET SOUNDS: (L-R) Musicians AB Gregory
Turner, AB Zola Smith and AB Kerrie MacFie
(above) and AB Nicole Bates and AB Siobhan
Finney (right) entertain on the Manly ferry.
Photos: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham and ABIS Richard Cordell
AUSTRALIAN naval artist Ian
Hansen was awarded the IFR
Art Commission to paint the
for the centenary of the arrival
of the first Australian fleet unit
into Sydney Harbour.
Director IFR CAPT Nick
Bramwell said naval artwork
was an ongoing source of pride
and history and reminded cur-
rent members where they had
"I hope Mr Hansen's work
will inspire future generations
of the Navy and others," CAPT
Mr Hansen won the highly
sought-after commission out of
a pool of some of Australia's
leading maritime artists, fol-
lowing a robust six-month
Mr Hansen's IFR artwork
will feature the seven RAN
ships, which entered Sydney
Harbour on October 4.
Mr Hansen joined the Navy
at 15 as an apprentice ship-
wright and served for 12 years,
reaching the rank of chief petty
He saw active service in
Vietnam from 1967-68.
During his naval service,
he painted in off-duty hours,
recording the ships and scenes
he observed during his travels.
He was offered his first solo
exhibition in 1974 while he
was still in the Navy.
In 2000, Mr Hansen was
invited by the Navy to go to
Timor-Leste as an official artist
to record the Navy's activities
during that operation.
DID YOU CAPTURE A
ARTISTS are invited to
enter the IFR online art
competition for a chance to
win prizes up to $4000.
Navy is looking for
paintings or drawings
which capture the spirit of
the IFR and will provide
a record of the events of
2013 for future genera-
Entries can represent
any of the IFR activities
that took place between
October 2-11. Finalists'
work will be displayed in
the Australian National
Maritime Museum from
The art competition's
two categories -- open and
student -- close on Novem-
Entry registration and
conditions of entry are
available at www.navy.gov.
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