LAMBERT, Nicholas A. Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs 6
Title: Australia's Naval Inheritance : Imperial Maritime Strategy and the Australia Station 1880-1909.
Publisher:  Department of Defence (Navy), Maritime Studies Program, Canberra, Australia , 1998, ISBN:0642295115
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LAMBERT, Nicholas A. Australia's Naval Inheritance : Imperial Maritime Strategy and the Australia Station 1880-1909. (Canberra, Australia : Departmentof Defence (Navy), Maritime Studies Program, December 1998). Pp [i]-x,1-20 1,(1). Illustrated. Map. 8vo, illustrated navy and pale blue card covers. Papers in Australian Maritime Affairs Number Six. “The object of this volumeis to provide readers with the essential documents relating to the rationa le and organisation of the naval forces on the Australia Station before theformal creation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1911. The documents chosen show, firstly, that expert opinion always believed that Australia's overri ding defence concern was the protection of seaborne trade. A succession of naval authorities all insisted that Australia's interests were most vulnerable—and could be attacked by a hostile power most decisively—through the interdiction of maritime commerce. The volume also seeks to explore the relationship between the British Admiralty in London and successive Australian governments, and to explain the reasoning behind the British advice (often found unpalatable) to State and later Commonwealth ministers. The documents demonstrate why, before 1909, the Admiralty was invariably justified in rejecting various proposals for the creation of a maritime defence force submitted by Captain (later Vice Admiral) Sir William Creswell and others, mainly on the grounds that they omitted to consider the all-important question of naval personnel. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part draws most of its content from reports by senior British officers and closeswith the Imperial Defence Act of1888 and the formation of the Australian A uxiliary Squadron. During this period the key themes in Australian naval debates were finance and force capability. The second and third parts focus on the Commonwealth era. Initially the Federal Government resolved that continuing to subsidise the Royal Navy presence in Australian waters was the most economical means of securing effective protection of Australian interests. But steadily increasing pressure, from members of the old naval brigadesin particular, obliged statesmen to consider the establishment of an indep endent national force. For some Australians, the assuming of full politicalcontrol of Australian naval units was more important than the issue of for ce capability.” (Abstract). Lightly rubbed, else very good. 45.00