The six Australian colonies united on 1st January 1901 to become the Commonwealth of Australia. One of the reasons given for this federation was that the Commonwealth could provide a common defence. William Rooke Creswell argued that, as an island continent, Australia could not defend itself without a navy. This book deals with this topic.
Dr Sheila Dwyer was born in Yorkshire and came to Australia with her family in 1964, having lived in Wollongong since then. She completed her Doctorate at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales in 2012. Her main area of interest is navies in the Pacific from 1885 to 1914, with a focus on Australia and the foundation of the Australian Navy which was her thesis topic.