1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War II (1939-1945)
Date of Enlistment
Date of Discharge
Place of Enlistment
Sydney NSW

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Address (at enlistment)
Giles Street, Kingston
School(s) Attended
Canberra High School, Canberra University College
Next of Kin
William Adamson (father), Giles Street, Kingston

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
Final Rank
Ordinary Seaman
Final Unit
Ascot Vale


Morrie Adamson came from a long established Canberra family. His mother Audrey (nee Rottenberry) grew up on a farm now occupied by Telopea Park. Adamson enlisted in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve shortly after his 18th birthday. He completed training on the No.4 linguistic course, studying Japanese, shortly before his discharge in 1946. Adamson was learining Japanese at Canberra High School before enlisting. He married Lois Bird in 1948 at St. John's Church in Reid and worked for the Department of Territories. His job took him and his family to Nauru for two years in the early 1950s. He later worked for the National Development Commission and in Parliament House during the 1960s. Morrie Adamson died on 20 April 2013.


The Yarralumlan : Magazine of the Canberra High School, 1945 (p.12)
Peter Procter, 'Biographical Register of Canberra and Queanbeyan', Canberra, Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, 2001 (p.1)
WWII Nominal Roll <>
ACT Electoral Rolls 1916 to 1967
NAA RecordSearch
The Canberra Times - 5 January 1949, 14 August 2005, 24 April 2013
Information provided by Morrie Adamson

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