Featured Author – 6th February 2015

Ray Jaramis – Treysta Adviser

From Whites to Muddies – James P. Kehoe

A year ago during a review meeting a client made mention that he had once written a published novel on the origins of Rugby Union within the Australian Navy. 12 months later I was happily surprised that James had arrived for his review with a signed copy of his novel, From Whites to Muddies.

Knowing full well that many of our clients share James and my passion for Rugby Union, I asked James to share his story about how he came to write about the fascinating history of Rugby in the Navy.

The Storywhites to muddies

In the late 1990’s I was engaged in a consulting assignment across the operational planning activities of Defence.  While working on part of the Navy aspects at HMAS Kuttabul at Garden Island I saw a flyer advertising a PR event for Navy Rugby.  My wife and I attended this function and as a result I became involved in some Fund Raising and PR activities for Navy Rugby.  While involved in these activities it became evident that Navy had little formalised records of the history of Rugby Union within the RAN.  I therefore undertook to do some research into this topic.  As the source material accumulated, I concluded that I needed some more formality to my research approach and I enrolled in the Master of Letters (M.Litt) course in the University of Central Queensland.  My dissertation for this degree addressed the early years of Rugby Union in the RAN, covering 1869 to 1964 (the end of National Service in Australia).  When this was complete and after some discussions with Navy staff involved in Rugby Union, I decided to upgrade and expand the material with a view to producing a book.

The Book

Defence Forces around the world have utilised sport to help in character building, assist with maintenance of fitness levels and encourage team spirit, and in the British Commonwealth Navies Rugby Union has been one of the major sporting endeavours.  In fact Navy Rugby in Australia can trace its origins right back to the mid 1800s. The book explores the growth of Rugby Union within the Naval forces in all the states of Australia, considering the activities of ships team both at home and overseas  in both peace time and during the war, of the activities of shore establishments and the development of the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union and its role in Rugby Union in Australia and in the Commonwealth, which has resulted in among other things the development of the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup Competition and a competition between the RAN and the RNZN which has existed almost as long as the Bledisloe Cup.

From Whites to Muddies is available in both soft and hard back form at Barrallier Books.

Please feel free to get in touch via email on or by telephone 02 9241 2575 if you have an interest in Rugby Union or would like to hear more of James’ journey.


Community Blog – 16th January 2015

To Review or not to Review

Mark Nagle – Head of Wealth Management

According to a 2014 survey on (a website for the travel industry) 93% of global travellers say their booking decisions are impacted by online reviews.

As a consumer I know I’m certainly one of the 93%, my recent trip to Europe was planned using online reviews for things like hotels and “must do” things while in a particular place, oh and of course I mustn’t forget my first passion which is seeking out great places to eat.

I researched everything online from hotels and restaurants to private guides for city walks and most people I know tend to go about travel plans in exactly the same way.

I have to say my recent experience backed up how reliable online reviews tend to be. Virtually every Hotel and Restaurant was as reflected in the reviews and even our walking guide in Budapest was excellent right down to his specific expertise in architecture.

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According to the aforementioned survey 81% of reviews are positive, this surprised me a little as people tend to be more passionate about bad experiences than good.  Another great stat was that 79% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, interestingly this was a 10% increase on the same question in 2012.

Clearly we are all becoming much more reliant on travel reviews, so does this mean we should feel more obligated to contribute? I have to confess I rarely write a review but I do have a growing sense that it’s a responsibility I can no longer ignore. TripAdvisor had 150 million reviews on its system when the survey was conducted and that grows by a staggering 90 reviews a minute, will anyone really get to see my comments if I do succumb to the pressure?

At Treysta we encounter many stories of clients travel plans and adventures. If you have a travel experience you would like to share within the Treysta community we will gladly publish it in the lifestyle category of the blog section on our new website.  While we don’t expect to receive 90 reviews per minute we are sure that tales of your travel experiences will be useful and well received.

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