Up Periscope

Welcome to Up Periscope

Thank you for taking the time to drop in, I hope that you will find your visit enjoyable.

This is a submariner"s site, not a submarine site. What"s the difference? There are plenty of sites about submarines and this site is not intended to compete with them.

Our focus is on the people, those men and women of The Trade that proudly served, or are currently serving in submarines of the Royal Australian Navy.

Submariners world wide are rarely understood by mere mortals. Submariners of all nations understand this and show respect to each other, knowing the hardship and danger that each has faced to achieve membership to that elite club to which submariners belong.

If you have a submariner for a friend, you have a friend for life. In times of need, you know that they will be there for you.

So welcome to the Aussie Submariner"s site, Up Periscope..

Please note this site is currently being migrated and as such pages may not be included as yet. If you get an error stating a page doesnt exist, its probably due to the code not being complete for that one. Bear with us - we will get it done eventually.

Notice Board

Harry Broomhead DSM transferred on loan from the Royal Navy in 1913 to serve as a Chief Engine Room Artificer on the two Australian submarines HMAS AE1 and AE2 then under construction in England.
He was a commissioning crew member of HMAS AE2 and served on the submarine on its voyage to Australia, the New Guinea Campaign and the submarine’s return journey to the Mediterranean.
He distinguished himself during AE2’s exploits in the Gallipoli campaign and in the Sea of Marmora, and in 1919 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM).
As a POW Harry suffered severely when he and his men who were employed by the Turks on the Berlin to Baghdad railway. At the end of the war he weighed less than 40 kilograms and he was lucky to survive. Despite his deprivations Harry was commissioned as a Warrant Officer Engineer and decided to transfer permanently to the Royal Australian Navy and in 1919 along with his wife Florence he returned to Australia.
Harry served with distinction in the RAN until his retirement in 1936. His wife Florence predeceased him and when Harry passed away in 1946 there appears to have been no family in Australia to arrange for the erection of a headstone.
As a returned serviceman, Harry Broomhead was entitled to a headstone erected by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this will be completed shortly and a service will be held to rededicate the grave.
All members are invited, and encouraged to attend this event which will be held a Burwood Cemetery.
Muster at 10:45 for a 11:00 service, dress as for ANZAC Day.
This will be followed by refreshments at the St Kilda RSL. St Kilda RSL 88 Acland Street.
Arrangements will be made to transport those attending the service to the RSL who require it.
Names to the Secretary if you are attending and also if you require transport from Burwood to St. Kilda

Elsie (Ian) Tanner
Ian Tanner
President St. Kilda RSL
Branch Secretary Submarines Association Australia Victoria
Flat 5|343 Beaconsfield Parade|St Kilda West|VIC 3182
P 03 9683 4156 |F 03 9683 4021|M 0450 642 835

Please see below email below from Michelle Reid (Daughter)
Carol Wilson SAA NSW

Hello Carol

Following my call to you a few days ago, I wanted to let the older generation members from WWII (not many left now) of the death of my father John Burdett Reid. He was 96 and 10 months and he certainly packed a big life into those 96 years.
He served in WWII initially in the Australian Navy as an ASDIC operator on ‘Napier’ assisting with evacuation of Crete in the Mediterranean.
Later during the war in 1944 he decided to join the submariners and undertook training on HMS ‘Unsparing’ a British royal navy U class submarine from November 1944 to May 1945. He returned to civilian life after the war.

Rank Lieutenant.

There will be a private family funeral in his memory.


Michelle Reid (daughter)
M +64 211 82 77 96 l T +64 4 9779 367

Branch News

We will be providing details as we receive them for each SAA Branch"s releases and announcements. There hasn"t been anything lately. Come back soon to see if the Branches have anything to share.

The Site

The site needs you to make it work. This site"s purpose is work in conjunction with the Submarine Association of Australia"s web site to inform and provide a single source of information for Australian Submariners (past, present and future). The focus of this site is on the people who crew and support Submarine Operations and without input from those people, the site will have no relevance. So this is a call to arms for all past and present submariners.

Annual General Meetings

Meet the new Crew of Up Periscope

While Norm covered all topics by himself, we have decided to share the load across a number of ex-Submariners to take Up Periscope forward

Pete Smith

Pete Smith - Historian

Want to know what happened way back when? Can"t quite remember what someone looked like? Ask Peter.

Ray Kemp DVA Guru

Ray Kemp - DVA Guru

Got a problem dealing with DVA? Meet the King of Advocates! Ray will be providing tips and information regularily.

Tim Bass

Tim "Biggles" Bass

Keeping this thing together

Keith Dalby

Keith Dalby

The Rector

Carri Barnes
Carri Barnes

A trendsetter and trailblazer.
One of those very special women who qualified as a submariner. Carri will bring some much needed C Boat perspective to this place