TINGIRA AUSTRALIA ASSOCIATION – The function of the Tingira Australia Association is to keep the ‘Spirit’ of the HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Leeuwin Junior Recruits alive through the re-uniting of class and shipmates at a true social and friendship level. The association is non political and does not offer welfare service or advice.
Foundation Life Membership and General Membership of the Association is open to all personnel who have served on board HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Leeuwin and worn the famous ‘Tingira Flash’. Foundation Life Membership and General Membership is also open to Associate members, offered to our friends and family members, Tingira descendants, Leeuwin Instructors, Ships Company and Officers of the RAN.
Membership now stands at 760 plus as our first decade of membership approaches in January of 2011. At the 2010 JR reunion over 3,000 boys gathered and we formed as this association from that event. Our members ages range from approx. 50 – 75 years young, some of those stalwart members are still serving in the RAN today. Although the majority are dispersed throughout the length and breadth of the Australian countryside, many members are also scattered across international waters.
The membership is kept informed of events, past, present and future by means of our website www.tingira.org.au and our magazine ‘VoicePipe’. ANZAC Day and the Tingira birthday, 13 July, anniversary of the first Leeuwin intake in 1960, are out two most import annual events that we commemorate and celebrate. As an association we acknowledge and represent the activities and descendants of the English Clipper Ship, Sobraon, which then became the NSW Nautical School Ship, Sobraon, which went on in a third life to finally become HMAS Tingira on 25 April 1912.
The association also supports the Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, with a ‘Tingira class’ as part of the new Yarra division. At each Passing Out Parade, the ‘Tingira Topshot’ trophy is awarded to the recruit with best results from rifle range activities. The Tingira ‘Stonehaven Medal’ is awarded annually to the Tingira Boy or Boys members who achieve ‘above and beyond community exceptions’ in navy or civilian communities.
Support for all the activities and services of the Association is provided by unpaid volunteers who are elected to the national committee for a three year term. We do not have lists of Tingira Boys names who have served in Ships Sobraon, Tingira, Cerberus and Leeuwin; these are held by Dept of Defence and can be given by request to the department. The association is open to sponsorship and fresh ideas from the membership via committee members or direct to the Secretary, thank you.
Lance Ker, President
Tingira Australia Association