The Queensland Maritime Museum was founded in 1971 and is run by a self-funded voluntary Association. It is situated on the banks of the Brisbane River at the southern end of South Bank Parklands. The Museum contains extensive collections of historical maritime artefacts, books, documents and photographs. The collection is displayed to the public in the galleries and grounds of the Museum under the broad headings of Navigation, Lighthouses, Ship Models, Marine Engines, Vessels, and the Dry Dock.
On behalf of members of the public the Queensland Maritime Museum carries out research on all aspects of Queensland's and Australia's maritime history as well as on maritime matters generally.
The Museum is staffed by volunteers and a Chief Executive Officer and an Operations Supervisor. Our members include a high percentage of retired persons, many still using the skills of their trade or profession. There are retired ship masters, marine engineers, and ex naval personnel. There are persons skilled in carpentry, painting, boilermakers, fitters and turners, motor mechanics, printers - using presses over 100 years old - bookbinders, boat builders and people from management and other fields all working to restore and maintain the museum's collection. Others are learning skills in preservation of historic artefacts and how to display them. In the library we have members cataloguing books, photographs and drawings as well as doing research into maritime history. In addition, there are those who look after the entrance, selling tickets and souvenirs, and those who guide tour groups and aged persons, as well as the very many school excursions that come to the museum to learn a little of our maritime history.
In 1969 a Queensland branch of the World Ship Society was formed. Those who joined had an interest in both shipping and maritime history. The members were asked to assist in showing maritime historical artefacts as part of Navy week.
As a result of the interest shown in the display, and realising the scope of historic artefacts in Brisbane, it was decided to form a steering committee to investigate the possibility of establishing a maritime museum in Brisbane. The Queensland Museum advised that it was responsible for all government museums under the Museums Act, but had no plans for establishing a maritime museum.
It was decided to call a meeting of interested persons and as a result of this meeting a decision was made to form an organization to establish a maritime museum with agreed Memorandum of Association stating that it shall be run by volunteers for the preservation and display of historical artefacts for the benefit of the public. Read more...
The Museum collection and displays continue to increase steadily each year. The work by the dedicated group of volunteers and members in restoring items goes on, with new items coming on display regularly.
The museum is run by the Queensland Maritime Museum Association, which is governed by an elected Board consisting of a Chairman and eight Directors (5 Internal and 4 Invited). The Queensland Maritime Museum is a self-funded organization.
South Brisbane Dry Dock,
BRISBANE QLD 4101
PO Box 3098,
BRISBANE QLD 4101
|Telephone||07 3844 5361|
|Fax||07 3846 1945|
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Throughout its 35 year history the Museum has received and appreciated the generous support of many corporations and individuals in Queensland. Without that assistance the Museum would not have developed into a high quality exhibition of which Queensland can be proud.
The Association sincerely thanks the many individual and corporate sponsors who have assisted with in-kind and financial contributions.
The Museum thanks AL Quip for its loan of scaffolding to assist with repainting Diamantina.
The Museum acknowledges with thanks the support of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund with funding:
Click here to view a list of our valued sponsors.
Click Here to view a list of outside links.
Motto: Engaging our Maritime Heritage
Vision: To create a world class maritime museum of the people of Queensland.
Mission Statement: The Queensland Maritime Museum operates to preserve... Read more...
The Museum is run by the Queensland Maritime Museum Association, which is governed by an elected Board consisting of a Chairman and eight Directors (5 Internal and 4 Invited). Read more...
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