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May 2020

POSTPONED : End of an Era: the last Gippsland Lakes Fishermen

May 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Library at the Dock, Docklands Docklands, VIC Australia + Google Map

In a new FRDC funded project, researchers are documenting the contribution and rich socio-cultural history of Australia’s oldest small-scale commercial fisheries. Small-scale fisheries operating in near-shore waters of bays, inlets and estuaries have been the foundation upon which Australia’s commercial fishing industry, now valued at over $1.5 billion, was built. These original fisheries and their associated ways of life, and the families and communities that formed around the fishing nets and harbours, have imbedded their work, stories, and ties to…

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July 2020

POSTPONED : “Maritime Melbourne: History on Paper

July 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - July 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

June/July 2020 A presentation by Michael O’Brien on “Maritime Melbourne: History on Paper” within the Melbourne Rare Book Week Program, a collaboration between MMHN and Rare Books Melbourne. Regrettably, this event too is postponed due to COVID-19.

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August 2020

POSTPONED : Down the Maribyrnong with Peter Somerville on the Blackbird

August 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Hotham History Project is running a cruise event with historic commentary provided by Peter Somerville. Peter Somerville has an intimate knowledge of the history of the Maribyrnong River and will guide us past the old junction of the Maribyrnong with the Yarra River, past Web dock container terminal and onto Docklands. These cruise events are very popular and sell out quickly. To book, contact info@hothamhistory.org.au Non-members are welcome to attend, and new members to the Hotham History Project are…

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October 2020


October 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MELBOURNE MARITIME HERITAGE NETWORK LTD ABN: 78 631 878 772 (“MMHN”) NOTICE OF 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MMHN AGM 4:00pm Thursday 1st October 2020 Start: Thursday 1st October 2020 - 4:00pm Finish: Thursday 1st October 2020 – 6:00pm Location: Via Zoom. Link to be provided by email.   We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Ltd (MMHN). Due to the COVID restrictions the meeting will be held electronically via Zoom on…

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Annual Seafarers Service

October 15, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our Annual Seafarers Service for members of the Royal Australian Navy, Master Mariners, members of the Merchant Navy and those who care for their welfare through the Mission to Seafarers, Stella Maris and Port authorities. Live on the Cathedral website Monday 19th October at 1.30pm Service Broadcast on Channel 31 (digital 44): Monday 19th October at 2.30pm Service Broadcast Online via the Cathedral’s Facebook & Youtube Pages. Watch here: https://youtu.be/Ls5yIw9INOE Tuesday 20th October at 5.10pm.

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2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mission team and our Supporters are proud and excited to invite you to our first-ever online awarding of the Maritime Art Prizes. Please join us live online 6 pm Thursday 15th October at http://www.seafarers.livewebcast.com.au/ If you are unable to join us live the Awards details will be posted on our website that evening. All of the works including the winners will be available for sale on the night. www.missiontoseafarers.com.au/art-prize

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February 2021

Port Phillip Bay: Looking out, Looking in ‒ Aboriginal and Colonial Perspectives

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
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Melbourne – A Great Maritime City   You are invited! Port Phillip Bay: Looking out, Looking in ‒ Aboriginal and Colonial Perspectives   ‘Site of the Melbourne Custom House 1839’, wood engraving published by Ebenezer & David Syme 1872, State Library Victoria Join us for the first Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network seminar. The MMHN Board faces the year with a sense of optimism in announcing the first event in our 2021 Program. The Kulin Nation’s presence over millennia around Port…

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April 2021

This event has been postponed until further notice- A first! An MMHN collaboration with the RAN

April 4
Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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"The Rock Band ensemble of the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne, in the studio stage at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria." This event has been postponed until further notice The next MMHN event will be held in collaboration with the RAN on the Stage at Federation Square  There will be a performance by the NAVY BAND and a brief presentation. 

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May 2021

Victoria Harbour & Central Pier – A Story Waiting to be Told

May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Magnet Galleries, The District, Docklands, Wharf Street, Docklands, Victoria SC G19 Wharf St, The District, Docklands
Melbourne, VIC 3008 Australia

Victoria Harbour & Central Pier – A Story Waiting to be Told In the heart of Docklands, Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network will share the ’untold story’ of Victoria Harbour, and the currently controversial Central Pier, explaining why both of these iconic maritime heritage assets are significant – and fascinating. Failure to understand such maritime infrastructure has resulted in incremental neglect and threatened demolition. Melbourne’s maritime heritage infrastructure of all types is little understood by the wider public or by the…

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June 2021

Change of Venue ! MMHN June Seminar: Ferries of Melbourne

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Magnet Gallery,, SC G19 Wharf Street
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia

You are invited! MMHN June Seminar Change of Venue  Ferries of Melbourne: Past, Present, Future – Good, Better, Best? Explore the heritage and the potential of Melbourne’s ferries with us.            Williamstown Steam Ferry, 1970 - Flickr            Geelong Flyer – Baird Maritime Melbourne’s ferries have delivered significant social and economic benefit to our community in the past. Today ferries remain a woefully under-developed transport and tourism option. The opportunity to expand…

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