News from the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network

MMHN August/September 2021 Update   - Greetings Even amid lockdown, Spring 2021 brings a hint of the ‘buoyancy’ that most of us crave. Similarly, two MMHN Board announcements bring optimism and inspiration: The MMHN Board is delighted to warmly welcome a new member – Jacyl Shaw. Jacyl is Global Director of GHD Digital’s innovation practice. Her background in higher education, strategic planning, corporate lawyer and Supreme Court Judges’ Associate and co-founder of several start-ups (including a Fishing App). Pardon the pun, but with such intellect and… ...
MMHN July 2021 Update - Greetings July 2021 MMHN Update contents:  (Click on the headings below for specific items, or scroll down for the full Update) 1. CSIRO – Research in a Maritime Industry 2. Australian Heritage Council (AHC) appointment 3. Indigenous Maritime Heritage – Your help is sought! 4. Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre 5. History Council of Victoria (HCV) – Diverse Maritime Heritage Research 6. Boating Industry Australia – long overdue recognition 7. Piers under threat 8. Parks Victoria – neglect of maritime… ...
MMHN June 2021 Update -    Greetings June 2021 MMHN Update contents:  (Click on the headings below for specific items, or scroll down for the full Update) 1. Congratulations are in order! 2. Osborne House – Naval Museum Update 3. Wind Farms – new clean energy ‘extractive’ maritime industry 4. Submarine News   - and related matters 5. Call for Papers – Special Edition on Submarines 6. CSIRO's Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR) 7. The Otama saga continues 8. Southern Ocean BIG News?? 9. International… ...
MMHN May 2021 Update - Greetings May 2021  MMHN Update contents:  1. Maritime Museums Victoria (MMV) 2. Ferries are inspiring! 3. Harbour Esplanade on Victoria Harbour 4. Central Pier  - Heritage at Risk 5. Maritime Experiential Centre on Central Pier 6. City of Melbourne Greenline Trail, North Bank of the Yarra 7. Goods Shed No.5 – a positive restoration story along the Greenline 8. Navy League (Vic & Tas) News 9. Peninsula Ship Society (PSS) 10. Port of Hastings 11. Model Ship Collection Mystery? 12.… ...
Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Submission FMC Meeting, Tuesday May Agenda item 6.4 Report to the Future Melbourne Committee Draft Greenline Implementation Plan - A $300 Million, Four-Kilometre “Greenline” Proposed for Melbourne Likening it to the High Line in New York City, Lord Mayor Sally Capp said it would be one of the largest developments Melbourne has undertaken since Southbank Promenade was completed in 1990 and Fed Square opened in 2002. ...
MMHN Update April 2021 - MMHN Update April 2021 Greetings The past month has seen progress on a wide range of issues with great potential to enhance recognition of Victoria’s maritime heritage. At the same time, there is ongoing lack of clarity around future plans for Victoria Harbour and Central Pier and indications of some missed opportunities. In this April edition of MMHN Update, we summarise some of the latest developments. In this issue: (Click on the headings below for specific items, or scroll down… ...
MMHN Submission – Seafarers Rest Park - Seafarers Rest Park We were very pleased to see the council adopting the resolution last night for the new design of Seafarers Rest Park alongside the Mission to Seafarers. The Park will recognise maritime heritage as well as providing a lovely green space for the community. MMHN Director Ross Brewer spoke in support of the new design whilst pointing out the significance of the Mission to Seafarers and the strong linkage between the two and how important it is to… ...
MMHN Update March 2021 -   MMHN Update March 2021 Greetings There is a clear sense of the ‘new normal’ opening up as we 'slowly sail' our way out of COVID. A timely quote about the benefits of ‘slow sailing’: The brutal crisis of the coronavirus is precipitating us into a paradoxical time; urgent need to stop the virus on the one hand, suspension of social time on the other. The urgency forces us to slow down. But isn't slowness precisely what many of us are looking… ...
February 2021 MMHN Update - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City February 2021 MMHN Update These are clearly perplexing, unpredictable and unprecedented times. Just when we thought ‘it safe to go back into the water’ so to speak and that the pandemic tide had ebbed enabling a return to near normality, yet another COVID variant mysteriously penetrated our quarantine strategies and we face Lockdown again. We are grappling with mysterious, invisible viral mutations. And of course, perplexing, unpredictable and, dare I say, unfathomable (!) maritime heritage… ...
Progress with Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) January 2021 -   Melbourne – A Great Maritime City January 2021 MMHN UpdateA belated Happy New Year to all! Fortunately, Victoria seems to have averted yet another debilitating COVID Lockdown episode during January. With interstate and overseas travel curtailed, and ‘intra-state’ tourism booming, more Victorians spending time around coastal Victoria may result in a heightened appreciation for Victoria’s rich and diverse maritime heritage in the wider public of piers, lighthouses, piers, lighthouses, rocks and wrecks, etc. Lighthouses seem to enjoy universal appeal… ...
Central Pier - Despite evidence of incompetence over decades, the State Government continues to entrust Development Victoria (DV) with custodianship with Central Pier – the heritage-listed, ostensibly protected and Victoria’s most significant examples of maritime infrastructure. Yet DV continues to demonstrate zero commitment to heritage preservation. Indeed there is there is clear evidence of the contrary in DV’s persistent cavalier disregard heritage or due process in  a long  pattern of incremental destruction of Central Pier (The Age 20 January). Without due process and without permission from Heritage Victoria the… ...
2020 MMHN Museums & Heritage SAG Intern - MMHN Museums &; Heritage SAG Intern Dates of internship: 8 June – 12 July 2020 Institution – Victoria University Supervisor – Dr Liz Rushen Student name – Rebecca Mitrevska Title of the Project – To develop a concept for a virtual museum for Melbourne Brief Description This project took place as a three-step process: 1 The student analysed and compared the responses of the M&H SAG members to the question: What is your vision of a maritime museum for Melbourne?… ...
2020 MMHN Commerce &; Industry SAG Intern - 2020 MMHN Commerce &; Industry SAG Intern Dates of internship: October 13 th – December 2020 Institution: Victoria University Supervisor: Haya Daghlas & Ross Brewer Student name: Jack Nyblom-Price Academic major: Supply chain & logistics management Title of the Project: Melbourne Water Transport Database Brief Description: The Melbourne water transport database is project that aims to collect key information from all stakeholders within the Melbourne waterways and port Phillip bay. ...
2020 Commerce & Industry SAG Intern Oct-Nov 2020 - MMHN Commerce & Industry SAG Intern Dates of internship: October 9 th – End of November 2020 Institution: Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Supervisor: Haya Daghlas & Ross Brewer Student name: Sam Wunjo Kaspar Curtis Academic major: Double Major in Supply Chain & Logistics Management + International Trade Title of the Project: Melbourne Water Transport Database Brief Description: Constructing a database of different organisations that use Melbourne’s waterways, noting specific details such as the number/qualifications of employee’s, the number/types of vessels,… ...
November 2020 MMHN Update -   Melbourne – A Great Maritime City November 2020 MMHN UpdateGreetings all, As Melbourne tentatively emerges from Lockdown and the ‘Ring of Steel’  springs open ending months of ‘virtual’ engagement with maritime heritage and allowing the possibility of "actual" engagement, we will again venture forth – if only around our Marvellous Maritime State!  Three suggestions to consider: Go East - Western Port Oberon Association Many will recall that the federal government $1M grant to purchase, tow and secure the ex… ...
MMHN October 2020 Update - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City MMHN October 2020 Update  Greetings All Is the tide turning in relation to COVID contagion and Lockdown? Seems so? We know that progress is being made in relation to maritime heritage matters and that the MMHN Events Program can re-commence before too long. We live in hope. Municipal elections in the State of Victoria. MMHN hopes the current ‘champion’ for maritime heritage will be re-elected to the Council at the City of Melbourne (Jackie Watts).… ...
Heritage restoration underway at North Wharf - dockland news - Heritage restoration underway at North Wharf ...
Station Pier – an Important Melbourne Visitor Arrival Location - Station Pier - an Important Melbourne Visitor Arrival Location The City of Melbourne Tourism Action Plan states: Melbourne’s success as a cruise ship destination also highlights the opportunity for an integrated and overarching approach. The number of cruise ship visits to Melbourne has increased from 56 ships in 2011/12 to 85 in 2015/161. Along with increasing demand for cruise shipping, there is also a changing dynamic across the industry including; extended cruise season dates, increasing turnaround visits and peak season… ...
Docklands News September 2020 - Opening up Melbourne Waterways The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network focus on maritime matters includes activation of our vastly under-developed and under-utilized public asset – the waterways of Melbourne. And, of course, Docklands is at the very heart of our waterways. Few people are aware that taken as a whole, Melbourne’s navigable waterways system is greater than that of Sydney. In the past, the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers, the Estuary, Victoria Harbour, Port Phillip Bay and along the South West were… ...
Response to Ports Discussion Paper - This response is on behalf of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) and Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA). Thank you for the opportunity to make comment on your Ports Discussion Paper. Overall this paper is well presented and extensive in its breadth. We have focused on three areas which we feel need further thought and discussion. ...
MMHN September 2020 - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City Greetings AllMMHN September 2020 Update  Gloom and Doom pervades our daily news - prologued economic and social hardship. Yet around maritime matters there is well-founded optimism particularly in relation to the maritime industry, trade and the MMHN. The sophistication, scale and efficiency of Melbourne’s port activities reflects the dedication of thousands of Victorians involved in servicing our State’s supply chains and we should all be proud of, and cheered by, what has been achieved. Maritime… ...
Redevelopment of Mission to Seafarers - MMHN are delighted that the City of Melbourne’s Council last night unanimously approved the passing of the proposal to proceed with a feasibility study and building a business case for the redevelopment of the iconic Mission to Seafarers building. This is a great step forward aligning with the vision of MMHN to develop a Melbourne Maritime Precinct. This redevelopment together with the new Seafarers Rest Park will be a wonderful gateway to the Precinct. Click here for more details on… ...
Proposal for Docklands Container Installation - Short-term to mid-term activation of Docklands 1/8/2020. Proposal for Docklands Container Installation. This project involves Victoria University, ANL and DV - and potentially the CoM, the Docklands Chamber of Commerce and the AFL It is all Shipping container, creative new technologies Genesis MMHN board member, Associate Professor David Goodwin (VU) has proposed a ‘container installation’ for Docklands. This proposal, based on his experience working on waterfront projects in Singapore where for many years where he was Head of Corporate Affairs… ...
June/ July 2020 Update - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City Greetings All MMHN July 2020 Update  Despite the ominous signs of a second wave of COVID-19, activity within the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) continues apace as we bring together our diverse maritime stakeholders - heritage, industry, educators, and ’sailors’ of all types. MMHN is gaining recognition as a unifying force among maritime stakeholders. Obviously hampered by the constraints of lockdown and unable to convene planned events, MMHN members in Melbourne and around regional… ...
May 2020 Update - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City Greetings All  The May 2020 Up-Date - a little late So much has been happening around maritime heritage on-line ‘virtual’ world during COVID19 that May flew by - few of us feel that we have been ‘locked-in’ or ‘locked-out ‘ as we tentatively pass through various levels of  ‘ISO’. First - Practical Help a. Heritage advice for museums, galleries & heritage collections post-COVID-19 For those MMHN members or organisations needing advice re their collections – useful links perhaps,… ...
April 2020 Update - Melbourne – A Great Maritime City Greetings AllIt's fair to say that in times past there has been a degree of negativity around Australia’s geographic remoteness, far from the centres of power and influence.  The phrase the ‘tyranny of distance’, first coined around 1960, came into common usage as the title of prominent historian Geoffrey Blainey’s popular 1967 book “The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australia's History”. In essence, his thesis was that distance and isolation have been central to Australia's history and in shaping… ...
MMHN Update March 23, 2020 - Greetings All These are extraordinary, unpredictable times for us all. Bushfires, floods and now contagion! Amidst all of this, I am pleased to report as you will discover in this latest MMHN Up-date, the momentum of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network continues apace. But first, given these are indeed sobering times and the impact of the current pandemic cannot be underplayed, it is fitting for the MMHN to reflect on maritime involvement with two earlier pandemics – and one ship… ...
Contagion - These are extraordinary, unpredictable indeed sobering times for us all. Bushfires, floods and now contagion! It is fitting for the MMHN to reflect on maritime involvement with two earlier pandemics and one shipboard epidemic - namely Black Death, Spanish Flu and Typhoid. Much has been written of these catastrophic events – but not always from the maritime perspective the following brief insight prepared by MMHN Board members.   MMHN Board Member and Historian Liz Rushen writes: “We've all watched the… ...
2019 / 2020 Monash University - 2019 / 2020 Monash University - Work Integrated Learning Program  (Post Graduate Level)   - Commencing 4th Semester 2019  (Post-Grad Level)  Topic : Taxation Status - Towards achieving DGR Several Groups             Supervisor: Richard Foster ...
2019 Monash University - 2019   Monash University - Work Integrated Learning Program- (Post Graduate Level)  Completed mid 2019. Topic :Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network : Recommendations for Governance and an Operational Framework Students: Juit ping Tang, Bianca Walsh, Aditya Malik           Supervisor: Richard Foster ...
2019 Victoria University - 2019   Victoria University   Business School  (Post Graduate Level ) Completed Mid 2019 Topic : Australian Climateworks Experience  - Sustainability Museum explorations. Student: Lorraine Moore   Supervisor : David Goodwin Applied Business Challenge (Undergraduate Level)  Commenced Mid 2019 Topics: Various  investigative projects related to the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network  ...
2018 Off-shore & Specialist Ships Australia - 2018   Off-shore &  Specialist Ships Australia Exhibition at Mission to Seafarers  designed  attract School students and infirm on re careers in the maritime sector    ...
2005 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program - 2005 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program. Jointly coordinated by the Parliamentary Library, Melbourne University, Monash University and Victoria University. Parliamentary Research was for  Martin Dixon MP, Member for Nepean Topic: Development of a Victorian Maritime Museum  Student: Christine Duke           Academic Supervisor:  Dr. John Chesterman    Dept.of Political Science Main Recommendations
 include :  Conserve and protect artifacts and vessels important to Victoria's maritime heritage. Research and gain further understanding into Victoria's maritime heritage. Educate and engage all Victorians… ...
2004 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program - Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program. Jointly coordinated by the Parliamentary Library, Melbourne University, Monash University and Victoria University. Parliamentary Research was for  Martin Dixon MP, Member for Nepean Topic : Maritime Heritage in Victoria: Maritime Policy Development  Student:  Ariella Webb          Academic Supervisor:  Dr. Andrew Newman  Dept.of political Science Main Recommendations include
: The Victoria Government utilise a new Maritime Heritage Structure which will coordinate, operate and fund maritime entities The Victorian Government establishes a modern, cutting-edge Maritime Museum located at… ...