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Colonel Gerry McCormack BA
Colonel Gerald M McCormack retired from the Australian Army in 2000 after having served in operational, training and diplomatic appointments. He commanded tank troops in South Vietnam and a tank regiment in Australia. His instructional appointments included Lecturer in History at the Officer Cadets School and at Senior Officer Colleges. His diplomatic assignments were to Korea where he regularly met the North Korean Delegation to Pan Mun Jom and also to Germany. As well as Australia and Vietnam he has served in Europe, Korea and the South Pacific. He is a graduate of The Royal Military College and Joint Services Staff College of Australia, the British Army Staff College and the University of Queensland. He has led Australian Training Missions to Indonesia and Vanuatu. During his time as a Guest Lecturer he has developed a wide range of talks based on the International, Social, Historical and Military aspects of the region in which the ship is travelling. His grasp of the important issues, some well known but many aspects not so well known by the general public, have been well received by guests on over 50 voyages. He is married to Geraldine and they have 3 married children. His interests, other than rugby football, include nature, international affairs, reading and writing about historical events as well as travelling to their location and sharing the fun of so doing.

Associate Professor Harvey Broadbent AM, BA (Hons), DipEd
Harvey Broadbent AM is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, film and TV producer. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in January 2016 for 'significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and to tertiary education.' He was born and educated in Manchester and graduated from the University of Manchester in 1974 and emigrated with his wife, Cindy and three children to Australia in 1975.  He retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University in 2015, where he directed the Gallipoli Centenary Research Project, a research project centred on Turkish military archives and the Gallipoli Campaign. His research resulted in the publication of two books Gallipoli, the Turkish Defence and Defending Gallipoli in 2015. His other books include Gallipoli, The Fatal Shore (2005) and Voices of the First World War (2014). He is a fluent speaker of Turkish, an experienced lecturer and has led tours around the world for Australians Studying Abroad. As an executive producer for the ABC he won awards for radio and TV productions dealing with special events and recently worked as historical advisor on the ABC’s interactive web-sites, Gallipoli, The First Day, The Battle of Fromelles (1916) and The Charge at Beersheba (1917). He has lectured on several cruise ships including ‘The World’, ‘Queen Victoria’, ‘Voyages to Antiquity’ ‘Scenic Diamond’, ‘Silver Wind’, ‘Silver Whisper, and Seabourn Odyssey amongst others. He has a strong interest in music of all kinds being a capable musician himself. His wife Cindy also speaks and teaches Turkish and is an experienced history teacher and writer.

Major General Mike O’Brien CSC, BSc (Mil), MDefAdmin
He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968 and later earned advanced qualifications in project management and a master’s degree in the UK. He served as an infantry officer in Vietnam 1970-71 and then in instructional, staff and project management roles. A specialist in logistic management and defence acquisition planning, he played a major role in logistic planning and supply management for Australia’s operational deployments to East Timor, Bougainville and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Australian Staff College, the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies, the Royal Military College of Science (UK), the University of New South Wales and Cranfield University (UK). He holds the decoration of Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC). He has been heavily involved in military history studies and management of military museums, wrote Conscripts and Regulars, 1995 and several military bibliographies, and acts as advisor to a number of WW II unit associations. He is actively involved with the National Trust, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Royal United Services Institute. Now retired, he owns a bookshop in Melbourne and pursues his broad interests in history.

Air Vice Marshal Alan Titheridge AO, BSc, MDefStud
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1965 and was commissioned from the RAAF Academy in 1968. After flying training in Britain he spent 10 years in a range of flying and instructional appointments in Australia and Malaysia, accumulating over 4,500 flying hours in F-18, Mirage, Macchi, Winjeel and CT4 aircraft and is a Qualified Flying Instructor. He commanded No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron, No. 81 Wing and the Tactical Fighter Group and became Air Commander Australia. His staff appointments included senior posts in the RAAF and Department of Defence, and Deputy Chief of Air Force. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, the United States Air Force Air War College, the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales. In 1985 he was awarded the decoration of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2001 Officer of the same order (AO). Since retiring in 2002 he operates a consulting business and pursues his interests in history.

Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO
He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 16 year old Cadet Midshipman in 1965 and retired as the commander of the Navy in 2005. During his 40-year career he commanded three ships Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AOincluding HMAS BRISBANE during the Gulf War 1991, was Maritime Commander Australia, Commander Australian Theatre (including Australian forces committed to the Middle East and Afghanistan after September 2001) and finally Chief of Navy. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Air Force Advanced Staff College, the USA Defence Resource Management School, the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Strategic Leadership Course at Oxford University. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and Commander of the Legion of Merit, USA. He serves on several government committees, educational advisory boards and corporate boards of management and has a special interest in maritime history and the great voyages of exploration.

Colonel (Professor) David Horner AM, DipMilStud, MA (Hons), PhD
He is Professor of Australian History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1969 Colonel (Professor) David Horner DipMilStud, MA (Hons), PhDand served as a platoon commander in the Vietnam War in 1971. He held various regimental and staff appointments and in 1983 graduated from the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College.  His Master of Arts degree with First Class Honours in military history was from the University of New South Wales, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in military history and strategic studies was from the Australian National University. In 1976 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate the study of history overseas. In 1985 he was appointed visiting fellow in the Department of History, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy. From 1988 until he left the Regular Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1990 he was a member of the Directing Staff of the Australian Joint Services Staff College. He has been a consultant to several international journals and television programs, has lectured widely on military history and strategic affairs in several countries, and is editor of the Australian Army’s military history series. He is the editor or author of 26 books including major studies of World War II in the Pacific. As an Army Reserve colonel he was the first Head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre. In 2004 he was appointed Official Australian Historian of Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations.

WILLIAM (BILL) CREWS AO
Bill Crews, well-known to Australians as recent National President of The Returned and Services League of Australia, grew up in Sydney. He served in the Australian Army for more than 37 years,retiring in 1999 from the position of Director, Bill Crews AODefence Intelligence Organisation. Bill’s Army service included Vietnam, the UK and the United States as an International Fellow at the US Army War College. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering and in Economics. Following his retirement from the Army, Bill has been Deputy Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, Australia, National President of The Returned and Services League of Australia (RSLA), presently serves as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Club in Canberra. Bill is married to Karlie and his interests include bushwalking, cycling, social golf, reading, wine and cooking. For his presentations, Bill draws on his extensive military experience, enduring interest in history, both military and general, and his more recent media and public engagements as the National President of the RSLA.

Chris Mullane ONZM, MBE
A graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia, Chris served twenty years in the New Zealand Army attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Formerly an infantry platoon commander in Vietnam, Chris Mullane ONZM, MBEChief Instructor of the New Zealand Army Infantry School, Head, Leadership Branch at the US Army Infantry School (on attachment) being awarded the United States Legion of Merit for his contribution to leadership development and made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1982 Queens Birthday Honours. Later Chris pursued a career in business holding senior management appointments in manufacturing, media and professional services companies. He has also been a radio talkback host and is an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. Now championing the cause of veterans and their families he is National Vice President of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2009 New Year Honours for his services to veterans. His other interests include the performing arts, poetry, natural philosophy, outdoor pursuits and dog training. Chris and his partner, Georgina Greville, a registered nurse, live in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore.

Air Commodore Mark Lax OAM, CSM BSc, MA(hons), PhD
Mark joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1974 graduating dux of his Academy class. After navigator training, he had operational, flight test and instructional tours before completing a Air Commodore Mark Laxnumber of staff positions. During his career, he was Base Commander of RAAF Base, East Sale in Victoria and in 1997, RAAF Base Richmond in NSW. In the following years, Mark held a number of posts in Canberra developing higher level policy and defence strategy. He retired from the RAAF in 2007 and for two years was managing editor of the ADF Journal. In 2011, he completed his PhD in military history and now lectures widely. He is also a graduate of RAF College Cranwell, the RAAF Staff College, and USAF Air War College. He is an alumni of the University of Melbourne, the University of NSW and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He enjoys cricket, reading, writing, talking and publishing on military aviation.

Major General Paul Stevens, AO, BA
General Stevens completed his military service as the Chief of Personnel of the Australian Army. During his career he served in the Vietnam War, commanded an artillery battery and the Major General Paul StevensAustralian School of Artillery, and was the Director of Studies of the Australian Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Canadian National Defence College. After leaving the Army, Paul was appointed to the Repatriation Commission, which administers veterans’ entitlements and oversees Australia’s official commemoration program. He then became the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves. These positions included responsibility for the planning and conduct of nationally-televised ceremonies from Turkey and France. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (Council) of the Australian War Memorial. His interest in history formed the basis of his tertiary studies and played a significant part in these recent appointments. In addition to his military and public service roles, Paul has also been a member of Australia’s Administrative Review Council, and contributed in an honorary capacity as a Company Director and member of a University Ethics Committee.

Barry Dryer, MPP
Barry served in the New Zealand Army as a regular officer for 15 years, serving as an artillery officer in South Vietnam in 1966/67 initially with the 173rd (US) Airborne Brigade and Barry Dryer MPPsubsequently with the 1st Australian Task Force. He was the Executive Officer with a US medium artillery battery and then Gun Position Officer with NZ's 161 Field Battery, and also a Forward Observer with both infantry and cavalry. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia and has a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University in Wellington. His military assignments as a regular soldier and as a reservist include command and training appointments, secondment to the Australian Army as an artillery instructor, and commanding officer of NZ's artillery regiment. He has served in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. He retired in early 2017 from the honorary role of Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery. Barry is widely travelled in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. His business career included leading the staff and shareholder activities of what was New Zealand's largest company. He subsequently joined a management consulting business, and with a shareholding, worked with the successful business for 25 years. Barry is married to Judy, with three adult children and five granddaughters. His interests include sport, culture, politics and history, current affairs, and travel. He is an active guest lecturer on cruises, with recent experience on South East Asian and Pacific routes.

The Team

Colonel Gerry McCormack BA
Gerry McCormack
Major General Mike O’Brien CSC, BSc (Mil), MDefAdmin
Mike O'Brien
Air Vice Marshal Alan Titheridge AO, BSc, MDefStud
Alan Titheridge
Associate Professor Harvey Broadbent BA (Hons), DipEd
Harvey Broadbent
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO
Chris Ritchie
Colonel (Professor) David Horner DipMilStud, MA (Hons), PhD
David Horner
WILLIAM (BILL) CREWS AO
Bill Crews
Chris Mullane ONZM, MBE
Chris Mullane
Air Commodore Mark Lax OAM, CSM BSc, MA(hons), PhD
Mark Lax
Major General Paul Stevens, AO, BA
Paul Stevens
Barry Dryer, MPP
Barry Dryer

 

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