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The special event in March was generously hosted by our Senior Member, Rupert J Taylor at his home and daughter's property at Grose Wold, near Kurrajong was a great success and photos will be included in the next Spotlight supplement to the QBE Outreach issue. A beautiful venue most graciously catered for by Rupert's daughter and grandaughter.
The Merchant Navy is not often recognised for it's role in the two world wars. However, through the tireless efforts of men, women and families of this 'Forgotten Service' it is now being recognised. Queensland Insurance was founded by shipowners Burns Philp & Co Ltd and who indeed lost the vessel SS MacDhui from enemy fire in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea during the 2nd World War whilst on a mission to evacuate civilians. Other Burns Philp ships were commissioned to serve. Some 60,000 merchant seafarers were lost in World War II and 36,000 lost in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-45 itself, when Liverpool, England was the Allied base. A feature on this website will be dedicated to the Merchant Navy and related memorabilia will be welcome. Flotilla Australia have an excellent website covering Burns Philp Ships. I was privileged to serve at sea on both the MV Bulolo and the SS Morinda (Webmaster) Here and go to Burns Philp Flotilla Australia is non profit website that offers postcards of ships in return for welcome donations to keep this excellent site afloat.