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National Maritime Collection
The National Maritime Collection represents Australians' diverse experiences and perceptions of the sea and our waterways. One of Australia's most recent major collections, commenced only in 1986, it already comprises some 135,000 items including 85,000 archive items. There are 52,000 digital images attached to collection records.
How we collect
The museum's Collection Development Policy (2005) guides us in the acquisition of relevant maritime material, and its intellectual and physical care. Particular emphasis is given to social history. We aim to build a collection that represents the breadth of Australia's maritime heritage, rather than one that is comprehensive in all areas, and to complement the many excellent State and regional maritime museums and their collections which are a rich repository of Australia's maritime history.