Michael Cedar
My father’s side is the Wakka Wakka people of Cherbourg and my mother’s side (Erub) Darnley island, Torres Straits, Peiudu tribe.
Able Seaman Boatswain’s Mate
Royal Australian Navy

Australian Defence Medal

I grew up in Cairns; my childhood and growth into a young man would be almost the exact same as a lot of young indigenous men from the area. I joined the RAN in 2018, and at the time, I felt I had a lot of potential, character & athleticism that was going to waste, so I decided to challenge myself mentally and physically and join. In 2020, I served on both Patrol Boats, Cape Fourcroy and Inscription, after moving to Sydney in 2022, where I served briefly on HMAS BRISBANE and in 2023 – Present HMAS SUPPLY. Being in the RAN has been challenging and, of course, demanding, but I love the sea, the people and the tales they tell. I can’t think of a story too close, so I will end with this: none of this would have been possible without my partner. We were not created to walk the earth alone, and I am grateful for her unwavering commitment to me and being a father now to two beautiful girls. I can only wish to be half of the man my Uncle Jeffery Cedar is.