Terry Jones joined the RAN at the age of 13 and retired 40-years later in 1988 in the rank of Commander, having specialised in Clearance Diving. During the intervening years, he had been Commanding Officer of two ships, Executive Officer of a further five, served in many other ships and Diving Teams, had two postings to the United Kingdom and one to each of Malaysia and Singapore. He spent a year on Active Service during the confrontation, coming under bombardment off both Singapore and Borneo during that conflict.
Clearance Divers within the RAN are, among many things, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists; Terry has provided EOD technical input for A Parting Shot. His EOD experience included destroying British mines on the Queensland coast in 1961, rendering safe Japanese ordnance in New Guinea and a range of miscellaneous tasks. He was the Officer-in-Charge of the Navy’s Bomb and Mine Disposal (now EOD) School on two occasions as well as spending two-and-a-half years as the officer-in-charge of the RAN Clearance Diving School.
Terry counts among his most interesting times in the Navy the recovery of the ANA Viscount aircraft, which crashed into Botany Bay in 1961 with the loss of 15 lives. He was among the first to arrive in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, and was involved in the research of the Crown of Thorns on the Great Barrier Reef. He acted as an underwater escort for Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau during his visit to the Great Barrier Reef in the early 1970s.
On leaving the RAN, Terry spent seven years as the General Manager of the Darling Harbour Authority in Sydney, NSW. This massive $1 billion inner city redevelopment project provided a strong tourism influence within Australia, including staging five events during the 2000 Olympics.
Born in Wallaroo, South Australia, Steven began his work experience as a copy boy for an Adelaide radio station before joining the RAN at 16 years of age, serving aboard the first HMAS Anzac, the frigates Queenborough, Swan and Yarra, and the fleet aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. Like Terry, he was among the first to arrive in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy. Specialising as an Anti-Submarine Air Controller (ASAC), he was posted to Point Loma Naval Academy in Southern California and trained on Phantom, Tomcat and Hornet fighter aircraft as an Air Intercept Controller (AIC). During his stint at Pearl Harbor he took part in the mobilisation of the US 7th Fleet across the Pacific during the fall of Cambodia in 1975 and saw service in Asia as part of the ANZUS (Australia, New Zealand, United States) Treaty.
After serving his time in the RAN, Steven worked for a short time as a NSW Fisheries Officer in Sydney Harbour before going overseas to work as a commercial oilfield diver in the North Sea and West Africa. At the age of 32 years, he retired as a commercial diver to pursue his interest in writing. Steven’s previous books include Australia Under Siege (1982), which was the first to challenge the official version of the attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942. Japanese Submarine Raiders 1942: A Maritime Mystery (2006) was his second book on the topic and presented new information about the surprise raid.
Today, Steven is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Casper Publications, an independent magazine and book publishing company on Sydney’s northernbeaches. In 1998, 2001 and 2002 he was awarded Publishers Australia’s Bell Award for ‘Best Small Publisher’. In 2005, Steven received the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS) award for Horticulture Journalism. Despite his success as an independent publisher, Steven maintains his interest in Sydney’s wartime history.