Historical information

John Nesbeit Preston was born on 5 October 1897 in Gisbourne, New Zealand. He served in the RAN from 1919 to 1942. He served on the Stuart (Vendetta) from 1941 - 1943.


This diary is a significant primary source detailing the daily life of J.N. Preston's service for the RAN on the HMAS Vendetta and other vessels during World War II. It represents a detailed account of his travels and experience of war.

Physical description

A small diary with a navy cover. Hand written entries begin 9th January 1941. Describes J. N. Preston's daily life, routine and experiences during his service from 1941 during World War II.

Inscriptions & markings

"Diary" stamped on front cover. Made in Australia. "L.A. Reynolds/ For Music/ Records/ Instruments/ Allan's Pianos/ Murray St, Colac. CAR 14150