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Naval uniform button

Date: 1927-1944
Overall: 15 x 15 x 7 x 15 mm, 0.002 kg
Display Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 8 mm
Medium: Gilt brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Michael Waterhouse
Object Name: Button
Object No: 00000475

User Terms

    This button is from a naval reservists uniform and part of a collection of uniforms from the Royal Australian Naval Reserve ranging from 1916 to 1955 belonging to Engineer-Lieutenant Commander Norman 'Gus' Warren Waterhouse.
    SignificanceNorman Waterhouse's career in the Royal Australian Naval Reserves covers an extensive period from 1916 - 1955 and his uniforms are a visual record of that committment and service.

    HistoryNorman 'Gus' Warren Waterhouse was born in Sydney in 1899 and joined Royal Australian Naval Reserves (RANR) in 1916. He transferred to adult forces in July 1917 as ordinary seaman and became rated as a signal man on 1 December 1917, and later as a Leading Seaman and as Petty Officer (Yeoman of Signals) on 1 July 1919. As a trained engineer, Waterhouse was Appointed Engineer-Lieutenant in the RANR with effect from 1 February 1927 and later as Appointed Engineer-Lieutenant Commander in 1935. This same year he was awarded the Volunteer Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
    In 1944 Waterhouse was transferrd to Retired List which he held until July 1955 when he became a permanent resident of the United States .
    In 1926, 'Gus' had proposed the erection of a National Sea Memorial on Sow and Pigs Reef using the tripod mast of HMAS SYDNEY, which had sunk the EMDEN at Cocos Island on 9 November, 1914 . He had proposed a concrete superstructure in the shape of a cross with the lower end in the form of steps and a landing stage to enable small craft to berth. The suggestion was aired in the media and eventually the mast was erected on Bradley's Head, Sydney Harbour in 1934.
    Gus also wrote many articles on naval issues, particularly drawing on his engineering background .
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Lieutenant Norman 'Warren' Waterhouse naval collection

    Assigned title: Naval uniform button

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