I think it would be a good idea to have a blurb about AMMC on the home page instead of where the map is (just move the map down). I think it should give a brief outline of who/what AMMC is, aims of website, etc an introductory paragraph. Could you or someone on the Committee perhaps come up with something?
The Communications Team have had their first meeting and we have come up with some great ideas! In breif some of them are:
- We think a facebook and twitter account is a great idea, can pull in more members as well as interactivity. Clare is going to set them up on AMMCs behalf.
- We also love the idea of recording conference presentations and uploading them onto the site. The Comms team will be happy to take charge of that for the 2012 conference is the Committee is happy for us to do so.
- We think the website could be tweaked a little. One of the major changes I would like to implement would be to add a 'Tutorials' tab to the main contents. Here we can link wikis (help pages) with a number of topics e.g. how to blog, how to upload media, how to access the AMMC facebook account, etc. Just little things that might make it easier for members to interact with the site. I saw the couple of videos you put up regarding help, this is the kind of thing we would like. Except maybe in text form (videos sometimes take too long to load and have to be paused at each step). I am quite happy to figure out the best way to do this and write the wikis.
Unfortunately I am unable to attend the Mannum conference - but we are just in the process of ensuring our Tasmanian hull scanning activities are reported on at the conference by David Payne in the hope that this project can be extended Australia wide. Our resources are very stretched at the MMT however we are progressing with interesting work!
Thank you for your welcome. I was made aware of this site through a colleague of mine after he sent me an FYI on the AMMC conference next year. I expect it's a good means to keep updated on what's going on around the country.
As you have noted I am the new Manager for Polly Woodside and this is actually only my second week so still trying to find my sea legs so to speak.
In regards to Polly, after a couple of set backs, it all looks set to now open in early December. I'll be happy to post something on the site once the date is set so all members are aware.
Peter, Consultants DTZ are due to report back to the Scottish Culture Minister by the end of May, after receiving a report back from Sir Neil Cossons who recently visited Adelaide to make a full assessment. The Minister is visiting the City of Adelaide on 14 June, and we expect a decision and an announcement within a couple of months. Getting strong support from maritime construction industry here. Peter C
Working my way around the site. I have added our latest exhibition (went up this week) at the Maritime Discovery Centre - looking at the building of the Port 1950-1960. This year is the 50th anniversary of its opening. Michael Staples was here Feb 16-19 and is currently working on the report. I hope to have a draft copy early next week. Yes, its pleasing to hear that the lifeboat is in such good condition considering its age and time spent in the open in the botanic gardens. Regards Trevor
Hi Peter and thanks for your note (rather than email!). Actually I've managed to snag myself a lift from torquay to warranbool from Tim Sullivan at sovereign hill. However he's a bit unreliable so be great to have a bcak up plan. Have booked my airfare and return train trip. Should be a heap of fun!!
East Gippsland and the Gippsland Lakes area has a rich maritime history dating back to the late 1800's when shipping was the main form transport for freight and passengers from Melbourne and between lakes ports. The area also supports a large fishing fleet and there is gas and oil drilling along the coast line.
A number of historians in the area are keen to develop a maritime resource for the community enabling a more focussed access to information. A boat precint has been proposed for Paynesville in the area urban development plan and a maritime museum will be complimentary to this centre.
In the meantime the museum volunteers will concentrate on cataloguing the many maritime photographs from various collections and through community appeals, collect artifacts, information, records and items of interest to provide a comprehensive resource.
Finally joined up to the system. Just seen your questions relating to the cannon firing we do at FSH. We do use black powder for firings and have a registered volunteer group that oversees the firings. We have a corporate licence held by FSH and I have had to get my gun licence to be licensee for the corporate licence. I was the guy with the biggest gun at the licence class I went to, my 80 pounders out fired most of the duck hunters that were in the course.
The cannons were restored by Bendigo Miiltary Foundary many years ago.
We are about to have the cannons re stress tested that will include xraying the wooden carriages that one sits upon. We only fire one of the cannons as the others weren't certified at the time of restoration.
I will let you know details of who will do the certifying once I get their details.
Hi Peter, unfortunately I was unable to attend the conference in Hobart. There was too much going on up here but I hope everyone else managed to have a good time!!! I was wondering if you had any copies of the papers that were presented at the conference as there were several subject matters that interested me greatly.
Hi Peter, Port Welshpool had a very successful Seadays Festival early January. Ossie Whitely came with a wonderful display of his model fishing boats including a new larger model of the 'Janet Isles', the first Port Welshpool fishing boat about 100yrs ago which he very generously presented to the Museum. We also had the local fishing fleet in attendance and they showed us how to really fillet a fish and fast. The children loved exploring a real fisher's boat amid hairy stories of Bass Strait adventures. We are hopeful of more visitors to our lovely part of Victoria and the Museum staff waits to warmly welcome them to see through the fishing/boating history of the area.Hi to all at the wonderful Museum there in Darling Harbour,
Happy days through 2009.