Donald Chalmers

Vice Admiral Donald Bruce Chalmers, AO (born 29 April 1942) is a retired senior commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), who served as Chief of Navy from 1997 to 1999.

Donald Bruce Chalmers
Born29 April 1942 (age 77)
Young, New South Wales
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1958–1999
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Navy (1997–99)
Maritime Commander Australia (1993–95)
Royal Australian Navy Task Group, Gulf War (1990)
HMAS Perth (1981–83)
Battles/warsIndonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Gulf War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thailand

Early life

Chalmers was born on 29 April 1942 in Young, New South Wales, to Donald Lisle Chalmers and Constance (née Eagles).[1]


Chalmers joined the RAN in 1958 and chose to specialise in navigation.[2] He served in HMAS Yarra and HMAS Parramatta during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in the mid-1960s and went on to command HMAS Perth from 1981 to 1983.[1][2] He was awarded the National Medal in 1977.[3] In 1988, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.[2] He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1992 in recognition of his services as Commander of the first Royal Australian Navy Task Group during the Gulf War.[4] He was appointed Maritime Commander Australia in December 1993, Assistant Chief of Defence Force responsible for Australian Defence Force development and international defence relationships in April 1995, and finally Chief of Navy in July 1997.[2] He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States Government in 1998 and retired in July 1999.[2]


  1. ^ a b Singh 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e Defence Honours Tribunal
  3. ^ It's an honour – National Medal
  4. ^ It's an honour – Order of Australia


  • Singh, Shivani (2010). Who's Who in Australia 2010. Melbourne, Australia: Crown Content. ISBN 1-74095-172-7.
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Rodney Taylor
Chief of Navy
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral David Shackleton
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Robert Walls
Maritime Commander Australia
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould
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The first editor, Roger Anthoine, started CERN Courier with an initial print run of 1000, and by the time he had to put it on hold, little more than a year later, the number had already risen to 3000. In 2015 some 21,000 copies are printed 10 times a year and the journal has a massive readership online. Over the years, particularly with the advent of the CERN Bulletin in 1965, CERN Courier evolved from being a house publication to become a scientific journal. The Courier thus became the ambassador of CERN and particle physics to a large community of knowledgeable specialists and inquisitive people, having been rebranded in 1974 with the subtitle International Journal of High-Energy Physics.In addition to news and events, CERN Courier will often present cover pieces on influential physicists or retrospectives of significant historical moments in high-energy-physics history. Book reviews, white papers, obituaries, and product releases are also featured in the magazine.

The CERN Courier has been published regularly since the start, apart from the period April 1960 to January 1962 when the magazine "hibernated" owing to unfortunate circumstances.

The magazine has been edited by the following editors:

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Alec Hester (1962 - 1965)

Brian Southworth (1966 - 1985)Together with Gordon Fraser (from 1977, volume 17, no. 4), Henri-Luc Felder (French edition from 1973, volume 13, no. 4)

Gordon Fraser (1986 - 2001)Together with Brian Southworth (until 1990, volume 30, no. 4) and Henri-Luc Felder (French edition until 1992, volume 32, no. 8)

James Gillies (2002 - 2003)The first issue in 2003 was co-edited with Christine Sutton

Christine Sutton (2003 - 2015)Christine Sutton handed over to the next editor as of no. 9, 2015

Antonella Del Rosso (2015 - 2016)Antonella Del Rosso was editor from no.9 2015 to no. 5 2016

Matthew Donald Chalmers (2016 - )Matthew Chalmers has been the editor since no. 6 2016.

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Robin Donald Chalmers (14 July 1929 – 27 July 2011) was an independent Australian political journalist and commentator. The Canberra Press Gallery's longest serving member, from 1951 to 2011, his career spanned over 60 years reporting on the Parliament of Australia. Chiefly using the mediums of print and radio, his audience consisted mainly of other well-informed interested parties in the media, politics, industry and government, not a face often seen by the mainstream general public; he was, as described by the prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, "a journalist's journalist"

. In the later half of Chalmers career, he was best known for his roles with the independent, economic and political, weekly newsletter Inside Canberra (

Chalmer's lasting legacy are his unmatched milestones in Australian history of a fifty, and then a further sixty-year career working within the walls of Parliament House. Both were given a mention, and officially recorded in the hansard of parliamentary sessions of the dates 7 March 2001 in The Australian House of Representatives and 8 March 2001 in The Australian Senate. Motion of Condolences upon his death were made on 16 August 2011, in The House of Representatives, and in The Senate on 17 August 2011.

An indication of the respect in which Chalmers was held in the Parliament is evident in the statements made both by Gillard and leader of the opposition Tony Abbott. Abbott's condolence motion on 16 August stated; "Rob Chalmers was not the father of the House, but he was certainly the father of the press gallery. And while the gallery does not run this country, it certainly has a vast influence on this House."

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