King-Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings

The biennial King-Hall Navy History Conference is named after Admiral Sir George King-Hall, the last British Commander-in-Chief on the Australia Station, who hauled down his flag on 4 October 1913 with the entry of the Fleet Unit into Sydney Harbour.

The proceedings of the early King-Hall Navy History conferences were published commercially and some are still available for purchase from the relevant publisher. More recent conference proceedings are currently being edited and will be published by the SPC-A.


The War at Sea 1914-18

Proceedings of the King-Hall Naval History Conference 2013
November 2015
Author: 
Edited by Andrew Forbes
The War at Sea 1914-18
The War at Sea 1914-18

Forward

In the view of many naval historians, the myth of the ‘Digger’ has distorted the Australian perception and understanding of its role in World War I (WWI). Over time, this land-centric focus in Australia’s collective memory has hidden from view activities in the other environmental domains of the sea and the air.

Given the protagonists in WWI, their reliance on seaborne trade, their geographical displacement and the various theatres around the world where hostilities occurred, the maritime aspects of the war were just as critical to its outcome. Similarly, WWI saw the emergence of new ideas about air power, as well as many instances of joint operations; a continuing focus of the Australian Defence Force today.

With the centenary of World War I currently underway, planning for the King-Hall Navy History Conference 2013 foresaw the need to examine the naval contribution to the war at sea; and from an Australian naval perspective, also events in the air and, perhaps surprising to some, on land.

As with all conferences and the publication of proceedings, no claim is made to a comprehensive coverage of events. Rather, these papers comprise a reconsideration of some well known operations; as well as new research on lesser-known operations and the introduction of new technology; as well as operational details of other navies.

For those readers interested in the Australian Navy’s role in WWI, a comprehensive reappraisal can be found in David Stevens, In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War I, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Australian Naval Command and Leadership in Recent Operations

June 2011
Australian Naval Command and Leadership in Recent Operations (PDF 1.67 MB)
Australian Naval Command and Leadership in Recent Operations (PDF 1.67 MB)

edited by John Perryman and Andrew Forbes,

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the seventh King-Hall Navy History Conference, held in Canberra on 8 June 2011. Effective command and leadership in a changing maritime environment takes on many forms. Serving RAN personnel examined and discussed the role of individual and group leadership to gain a greater understanding of the many challenges faced by naval commanders and leaders in contemporary operations. A broad spectrum of operations was examined, ranging from border protection, to commanding a task force in the Middle East.

Southern Trident: Strategy, history and the rise of Australian Naval Power

July 2000

edited by David Stevens and John Reeve, 2001

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the first King-Hall Naval History Conference held in Canberra over 22-24 July 1999. The development of the Australian Navy has been a vital factor in Australian history and evolution as a nation in the century since Federation. Australia has a maritime environment and its national interests stretch far beyond its coastline. This volume examines the influences on the rise of Australian naval power and discusses current international and strategic issues in the light of history. The authors show how the creation of the Australian Navy was no simple display of nationalism, but rather the culmination of various complex and often revolutionary developments in such areas as politics, diplomacy, strategy, economic relations and technology in the Asia-Pacific region and far beyond.

Availability

Published by Allen and Unwin and out of print. An eBook version can be purchased from www.allenandunwin.com.

The Face of Naval Battle: The human experience of modern war at sea

July 2001

edited by John Reeve and David Stevens, 2003

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the second King-Hall Naval History Conference, held in Canberra over 26-27 July 2001. Naval history is sometimes criticised for concentrating on the technical side of operations at the expense of the human. The Face of Naval Battle breaks new ground in that for the first time the authors closely examine the individual and group experience of maritime warfare in the twentieth century. What is it that makes naval battle different from combat in the air or on the ground? What is the future of maritime warfare? Ranging from lively accounts of individual acts of heroism through to critical studies of the problems of command at sea, The Face of Naval Battle highlights the multi-dimensional nature of maritime warfare. Drawing on the latest research from around the world, many hitherto ignored aspects of war at sea are brought to light and placed in the context of the broader human experience of conflict.

Availability

Published by Allen & Unwin (ISBN 1 74114 154 0) and can be purchased from www.allenandunwin.com.

The Navy and the Nation: The influence of the navy on modern Australia

July 2003

edited by David Stevens and John Reeve, 2005

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the third King-Hall Naval History Conference, held in Canberra over 24-25 July 2003. Australia has often been described as a nation shaped by war. From an early age, every Australian is taught the significance of Gallipoli and the Anzac legend. This, however, is but one dimension of the military's impact on our nation's coming of age. Australia, after all, is an island. It was the Royal Navy which explored and founded European Australia, and it is the RAN which has been critical to our national security ever since. With its ancestry in the Royal Navy and the former colony-based navies, the Australian Navy was established in 1901. Since that time it has helped Australia enter the international community as a modern, self-reliant nation and has been indispensable in protecting Australia's sovereignty and national interests. Despite the RAN being one of Australia's oldest and most important institutions, the links between it and nation-building have never before received detailed study. Bringing together scholars from Australia and overseas, The Navy and the Nation examines the extent of the RAN contribution to our national development and shows how it has played a vital role in defining our independent national identity.

Availability

Published by Allen & Unwin (ISBN 1 74114 200 8), and can be purchased from www.allenandunwin.com.

Sea Power Ashore and in the Air

July 2005
Sea Power Ashore and in the Air (PDF 43.23 MB)
Sea Power Ashore and in the Air (PDF 43.23 MB)

edited by David Stevens and John Reeve, 2007

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the fourth King-Hall Naval History Conference, held in Canberra over 21-22 July 2005. Trafalgar, Tsushima, Midway, and other epic blue-water fleet actions are not likely to have their counterparts in the early 21st century. Since the end of the Cold War there has been increased interest in the way that navies directly influence events where sea, air and land interact. Yet, in the broad sweep of military history this is nothing new. In this volume, leading historians look back over more than a hundred years, to show how navies have often made a critical difference to the fighting ashore and the contest for the mastery in the air.

Availability

Published by Halstead Press (ISBN 978 1 920831 45 5) and out of print. A PDF version is available.

Naval Networks: The Dominance of Communications in Maritime Operations

July 2007
Naval Networks: The Dominance of Communications in Maritime Operations (PDF 4.39 MB)
Naval Networks: The Dominance of Communications in Maritime Operations (PDF 4.39 MB)

edited by David Stevens

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the fifth King-Hall Naval History Conference, held in Sydney on 24 July 2007 and in Canberra over 26-27 July 2007. The conference addressed the shifting demands facing both national and combined international sea power, together with case studies of command, control, communications and intelligence taken from the ancient world through to the 21st century. It offered new insights into the future face of maritime strategy, the changing nature of global connections, and the continuing nexus between communications and command at sea.

Availability

The conference papers and podcasts of presentation are available - 2007 King-Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings.

The Commonwealth Navies: 100 Years of Cooperation

July 2009
The Commonwealth Navies: 100 Years of Cooperation (PDF 1.2 MB)
The Commonwealth Navies: 100 Years of Cooperation (PDF 1.2 MB)

edited by Kathryn Young & Rhett Mitchell

Abstract

This volume is the proceedings of the sixth King-Hall Naval History Conference, held in Canberra over 30-31 July 2009. In 1909 Australia, with British encouragement, decided to acquire a modern ocean-going fleet; one which could not only protect local ports and shipping from enemy incursions but also support the Royal Navy in its determination to retain command of the sea. Other members of the Empire followed Australia’s lead, and the various Commonwealth navies have since routinely sailed together in both peace and war and with a remarkable degree of interoperability. Arguably the most successful international grouping of its type, Commonwealth naval cooperation can also be seen as the precursor for more recent initiatives such as the US Navy’s Global Maritime Partnership.

Availability

The conference papers and podcasts are available - 2009 King-Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings.