Bob Trotter

Public Speaker in Perth, Australia

Bob Trotter

Public Speaker in Perth, Australia

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Veteran of 35 Years in the Navy as an Engineer in submarines but served in many surface warships as well. Senior jobs in HQ in Capital Procurement, Personnel, Logistics, Fleet Bases. Retired in February 1998 and held a number of voluntary and part-time positions. These include Chairman of the Safer WA Council, Defence Business Adviser to Austal Ships Ltd, Member of the Board of Governors of the Corps of Commissionaires (WA) Inc, Member of the Executive of the Australian Industry Defence Network (WA), National President and President of the WA Section of the Naval Association of Australia. Presently the National President of the Submarines Association Australia.

2002 I joined the Board of HMAS Sydney Search Pty Ltd, a small team of five volunteers who were convinced that the wreck of HMAS Sydney II could be found; she disappeared with all 645 crew following a battle with the German Raider HSK Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia on 19 November 1941. This heralded a life dominating task which resulted in the discovery of the final resting places of both Kormoran and Sydney in March 2008. For my work in finding HMAS Sydney II, I was honoured with a Medal in the Order of Australia in January 2009.

I am an accomplishedpublic speaker at any level and take an active role in commemorativeactivities involving the Navy and I especially enjoy talking about HMAS Sydney II. During 2013 & 2014 & 2015 I was aGuest Lecturer onboard the Cruise Ships MV DawnPrincess and Sea Princess when I delivered highly successful presentations about important Australian navalevents in the history of WA and Indonesia including the loss of HMAS Sydney off WA and the losses of HMAS Perth, Yarra and Armidale in thecatastrophic retreat from the Dutch East Indies in the first months of 1942. In 2015 he extended the range of talks toinclude WW1 aspects of the Sydney/Emdenbattle, loss of AE1, and the RAN in the Dardanelles.

Member of the Australian Sailor Monument Charitable Trust to design and construct a unique public sculpture in Fremantle Western Australia acknowledging the role that Sailors have played in Australia's history.

  • Work
    • Australian Submarines Association
  • Education
    • Darwin High School
    • Royal Naval Engineering College