This is a guide to resources on historic vessels and articles that list maritime museums in Australia.

Many of these resources are held in the museum library and you can search for more using the library catalogue (enter the name of the ship in the "subject" field).


International register of historic ships

Norman J. Brouwer.3rd rev ed. New York Sea History Press, 1999.
REF 387.209 INT
Updated every few years, this is the most authoritative guide to historic vessels and their locations available, with concise entries and photographs accompanying many listings.

Veteran ships of Australia and New Zealand

Graeme Andrews. Sydney Reed, 1976.
387.20994 AND
The first book to catalogue Australian and New Zealand historic ships (both active and static), this title also details the groups active in preserving maritime heritage at the time of publication.

Australia's maritime heritage

Graeme Andrews. Sydney Cromarty Press, 1994.
387.20994 AND
Lists and illustrates Australia's veteran vessels (as at 1980).

Those that survive: Vintage and veteran boats of Tasmania

Graeme Broxham. Fyshwick, ACT Navarine Pub, 1996.
387.209946 BRO
Describes and pictures most of Tasmania's large collection of historical vessels.

Guide to maritime museums in Australia and register of members

Edited By Daina Fletcher. Sydney Australian Maritime Museums Council, 2000.
REF 069.93870994 GUI

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Journal articles

A series of articles by Bob Fildes in Australian Sea Heritage lists maritime museums and related sites in Australia by state.
List of Museums. Part 1. New South Wales. - No. 73, 2003. pp. 28-31.
List of Museums. Part 2. ACT & NT. - No. 74, 2003. pp. 32.
List of Museums. Part 3. Victoria. - No. 75, 2003. pp.24-27.
List of museums. Part 4. Queensland. - No. 76 2003. pp. 16-17.
List of museums. Part 5. South Australia. No. 77, 2004. pp. 32-33.
Library holds No. 1 - .

Australian sea heritage

Published by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, this journal features in-depth articles on historic Australian vessels and vessel restoration projects.
Library holds No. 1 - .

Online Resources

The Australian Register of Historic Vessels is a major initiative to facilitate the preservation, study and documentation of historic Australian vessels built pre-1960.You can also locate maritime museums with historic vessels through the Collections Australia Network website.

To help locate pictures of veteran ships and maritime museums in Australia, the Graeme Andrews Collection of historic photographs at the Sydney Heritage Fleet is a very good source of pictorial material to start your search also try Trove and Flickr.

Australian Maritime Museums Council network on Ning is also a very good place to catch up on current events and news.