26 January 2018, Australia Day – The Tingira Australia Association flag and the navy White Ensign flag, flying high on the yardarms with the Tingira flagpole on the Tingira Memorial. The memorial is in full ‘dress ship’ displaying a complete set of ‘naval colours’ to the local residents of Rose Bay for this grand occasion, it’s a celebration, it’s Australia Day!
The Tingira Australia Association flag will now remain flying on the Tingira Memorial yardarm along with the RSL flag on the opposite yardarm, the Australian National Flag at the top of the flagpole.
“Our flag is our presence” explained Tingira Australia Association President Lance Ker.
“We have our own association flag and with the Rose Bay RSL sub-Branch, we are custodians of the original HMAS Tingira flag. We fly and parade that flag on very special occasions at the Tingira Memorial and other locations. I am often asked what we do as an association? How long have you got is my cheeky answer!”
“Next month we will lodge on our website, our first four year ‘Strategic Plan’ for the association. This is our footprint for our way forward, a plan produced by the recently elected Tingira committee. In April, after the AGM on ANZAC Day, we will lodge the 2017 Annual Report on the website, what do we do? Both publications are an extensive read of what we do and what we can do as we navigate our Tingira history to greater heights!
Australia Day – Committee members, Mark Lee and David Rafferty, were at Tingira Memorial, Rose Bay, to raise the flags, dress ship the memorial.
During the one hour exercise, many of the passing locals took time to view their log book on display with the new proposed plans for the next renovation of the Tingira Memorial planned for mid to late 2018 at this stage.
The Tingira association are proposing to update the full nautical history of the Tingira Boys, past and present, combined with a pictorial documentation of the Clipper and School Ship Sobraon. This will deliver a complete local marintime aspect of our naval history to the modern day communities of Rose Bay and beyond.
The Tingira Memorial is in “dress ship” on 26 January, Australia Day, and the July 13, Tingira birthday, second generation Tingira Boys, first intake HMAS Leeuwin 1961.