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HMAS Leeuwin - Junior Recruit Training Establishment  

October 1966 to October 1967

This website is dedicated to Michael John BROWN who passed away 3 December 2006
Mike did an enormous amount of work to make this site a reality

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David Edward POWNALL (Deceased)

Official No: R95771 Aged: 15 years 5 months Joined: 7th October 1966
Division: Rhoades Home Port: Brisbane Discharged: 4th July 1989

Radar Plotter

Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Watson, Vendetta, Penguin, Melbourne, Watson, Curlew, Parramatta, Torrens, Moreton, Melbourne, Moreton, Brisbane, Watson, Brisbane, Watson, Adelaide, Watson, Darwin


Youngest member of the 17th    

1971 First Rimpac Exercise on Melbourne  

1975 Air Intercept Course in US   

1977 The England trip on Melbourne   

1978 Saw the light and married Maria-Louise Bonomini (Bon-Ami)  

1985 Birth of son James   

1989 Birth of son William

Employment after RAN:  

Storeman at Volvo  

System Manager at Monorail   

Catering Manager P&O Catering at Moorebank Army Camps  

Site Manager Delaware North at Moorebank Army Camps

Bottle Shop Assistant

Retired due to heart attack

Now kept busy catering and cooking along with my good wife Maria for The youth of our parish whenever they need us....

Current Occupation: Retired TPI
Died 23/07/ 2018 - Dave passed away after a massive heart attack.

Rest In Peace ..... LEST WE FORGET

1966 2002

Promotions:            Oct 73 – LS RP            Sep 81 – PO RP              Apr 86 – CPO RP


1986 Commanding Officer’s Commendation – HMAS Watson                                                                                  

1988 Fleet Commanders Commendation – HMAS Darwin


I can’t really grumble about my career as it went at the speed I chose.  After my run as a permanent member of the Men Under Punishment squad and then a posting to HMAS Curlew as Navigators Yeoman I decided to get a hook which I liked so much that I stayed there for 8 years.  After that I got it together and knuckled down, Mrs. Pownall may have had something to do with that. We have two sons James (1985) and William (1989). These two now keep me alive and broke. We have been living at our present address since about 1982.


Personal photographs




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