Blue Mountains Gazette

The navy adventures of Katoomba-born Gary Oakley are recalled in the $12m high-tech Australian National Maritime Museum’s exhibition Action Stations.

By B.c Lewis
Updated January 19 2016 - 9:48am, first published January 14 2016 - 10:53am
Always a submariner: Katoomba-born naval officer, Gary Oakley, recalls his experiences under the sea.
Always a submariner: Katoomba-born naval officer, Gary Oakley, recalls his experiences under the sea.

It was sauces not submarines that interested Katoomba-born, Indigenous man, Gary Oakley, whose dream was to be a pastry chef at the swish Medlow Bath hotel the Hydro Majestic in the 1970s. But when his parents moved to the central west where job opportunities were scarce, he turned his attentions to the Navy, hoping to become a cook.

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