Gala Luncheon



Gala Luncheon 


 Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO,CRC RAN 

former Chief of the Australian Navy (2014 – 2018) and Commander of the Australian Fleet (2011-2014) 

and Peter Hitchener channel nine news 

to support the restoration of the alma doepel and her return to work with Victoria’s young people

Friday August 16th 

12.00 – 2.30pm

The Hotel Windsor

Tickets $220 or $2000 for a table of 10



Friday 16 August 2019 12-2.00pm

Grand Ballroom, The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street Melbourne


Host: Peter Hitchener – Channel 9 News

Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral Tim Barrett

An extraordinary Life : Leadership at Sea

Chief of Navy (2014 – 2018)

Commander Australian Fleet (2011 – 2014)

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in aviation.

A dual-qualified officer, Vice Admiral Barrett served in Her Majesty’s Australian (HMA) Ships Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and HMS Orkney as a Seaman Officer and then as Flight Commander in HMA Ships Stalwart, Adelaideand Canberra. His staff appointments include Deputy Director Air Warfare Development, Director Naval Officer’s Postings and Director General of Defence Force Recruiting.

He has served as Commanding Officer 817 Squadron, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Australian Navy Aviation Group, Commander Border Protection Command and most recently as Commander Australian Fleet.

Receiving a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2006 for his achievements in naval aviation, Vice Admiral Barrett became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service as Director Naval Officers’ Postings and Commander Navy Aviation Group. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his leadership of Border Protection Command and the Australian Fleet.

Vice Admiral Barrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History and a Masters of Defence Studies, both from the University of New South Wales. He recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Auction Items

Donating an item or experience to Alma Doepel’s Voyage of a Lifetime Auction directly benefits the restoration of Alma Doepel to return her to work with Victoria’s young people. If you would like to make a donation please contact Sally Shepherdson by email or on 0412 570 196.


3 Night Murray River Cruise

SeaLink and Captain Cook Cruises are pleased to donate a travel voucher for 2 passengers for the Murray Princess 3 Night Discovery Cruise valued at $2,730.00.

Indulge in a long weekend where you’ll discover the beautiful lower riverlands, between Walker Flat and Murray Bridge aboard the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess. You’ll cruise through spectacular riverlands and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna. You’ll take a nature walk, get up close to the river birdlife on board the ‘Dragon-Fly’ flat-bottomed boat, visit the township of Murray Bridge and learn about the food and wine of this famous region.

Including all meals and entertainment.


Port Phillip Sea Pilot

Port Phillip Sea Pilots guide some of the largest container ships in the world through one of the most treacherous Port entries in the world, Port Phillip Heads or ‘The Rip’.   Pilots are very experienced ships captains who are transferred onto ships prior to them coming though the heads.  This experience is for 2 people to join a Pilot Boat while in active duty through Port Phillip Heads.   The Pilot Boat is a purpose build state of the art, self righting vessel design to operate in some of the largest seas in the world. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come up close to some of the biggest ships in the world and get an insight into this unknown world…  this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Young Endeavour

Australia’s national sail training ship Young Endeavour was  given to the Government and people of Australia by the United Kingdom to mark our country’s bicentenary in 1988. 

Since then the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided a challenging adventure at sea  for over 13,300 young Australians.

An exclusive opportunity is available to charter the Young endeavour for up to 20 guests as she sails from Melbourne to Geelong in March 2020.  This ‘money can’t buy’ experience will be a great opportunity for team building, networking or a group of friends.

This type of private charter would typically cost around $5000.

Channel 9 News

“Behind the scenes” escourted tour of the Newsroom Channel Nine Newsroom as the news goes to air hosted by Peter Hitchener himself with photographs and a view of the live transmission.

Dock Tour and Crane

A personal tour of the Patrick Container Terminal at East Swanson Dock, Melbourne including a trip up a ship to shore crane.  It can be one or two people.The tour is a couple of hours and will give a unique insight in how one of the largest container terminals in Australia operate. The terminal area is usually off limits to the public on account of safety reasons as a large number of heavy equipment operates on site.

It will involve a trip up a massive crane which loads and unloads containers. The crane is about 50 meters high and offers a magnificent view across the container terminal and the city. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity not normally available to the general public.

Tug Boat

Tug boats are vital to the movement of ships and the Australian Economy.  Tug boats are small ships with very powerful engines which are highly manoeuvrable and assist with the docking and undocking of the largest ships.   This is an opportunity to join a tug crew in either Melbourne or Geelong to experience pushing a ship into dock.   This is an experience not available to the public and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


The Alma Doepel would like to take this opportunity to thank our event partners, particularly our major event partner:





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Supporting Partners:

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Please contact Sally Shepherdson by email or on 0412 570 196 to explore sponsorship opportunities or to donate auction items or experiences.