Vale Rob Bowring OAM

The AMMC are saddened to farewell long serving AMMC Board Member, and occasional Treasurer, Rob Bowring OAM, who passed away on Saturday 27 February 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

Rob was much admired and greatly respected, not least for the energy, humour, and good company he brought to the AMMC Board, and as an attendee and significant contributor at AMMC meetings, conferences, workshops, and associated activities, over a period in excess of 10 years.

Despite his illness, he continued to make a significant contributions of his time and energy to the preservation of maritime and river heritage as the Chair of the Mannum Dock Museum of River History, a member of the AMMC Board, and a member of the Australian Register for Historic Vessels (ARHV) Council.


That 22 boats gathered at Goolwa, SA, for a sail past on Sunday 28 February 2021 to pay tribute to Rob, is a clear indication of the esteem in which he was held by his fellow river men and women. At the conclusion of Rob’s funeral, on Friday 05 March 2021, at Mannum, a sail past also occurred in Rob’s honour.

As the Chairman of the Mannum Dock Museum's Board, and as a hands on volunteer, he was the leader and an integral part of the workforce, that led to the transformation of the Museum.  It is now has more than 25,000 visitors per year and is nationally recognised as the museum that best tells the story of the maritime history of the Murray and Darling rivers and of the paddle steamers that traded and travelled the lengths of both river systems.

He was also the driving force in the restoration, to a fully operational condition, of the paddle steamer Marion, and  then ensuring that this historic vessel remained in survey, and operating, for the benefit, of the visitors to Mannum, and, ultimately, for the Nation.


When speaking with Rob it was clear that his passion and enthusiasm for the river, its people and boats, came from a deep understanding of the river as the fundamental heart and soul of the communities along it, giving the river people a unique identity.

The AMMC Board are very proud and grateful to have had Rob’s involvement and support for so many years. We celebrate the fact that Rob took great deal of pride in the community that he worked so hard and tirelessly for and believe his work and inspiration will endure long into the future.

As Deb Alexander, the Mannum Dock Museum Executive Officer, said; 'His endless and tireless devotion and passion to maritime history did not waiver until his last days. Our Nation has lost a great river man who worked for the past 30 years to preserve and promote inland water heritage vessels across Australia'.

Our sincere condolences, and thoughts, are for Rob’s family and all those who knew him.

MARITIME MUSUEMS OF AUSTRALIA PROJECT SUPPORT SCHEME (MMAPSS)

Funding for maritime heritage is available.

Applications are now open for funding to be awarded in the 21-22 FY 

Applications are due by 15 May 2021

Read more and How to Apply.

Or call the MMAPSS Coordinator to discuss your projects on 02 9298 3743. 

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

WORKSHOPS

Thanks to those who made Devonport Tasmania such a great workshop. 

Theme: How to build an Educational or Public Program from Scratch

A very big thank you to Jaydeyn Thomas, Sarah Beckett, Geoff Dobson and the team at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for being such wonderful hosts. And thank you to all our members who for took part and shared in the excellent discussions, helping to demonstrate once again the value of AMMC’s Regional Workshops.

Download the Program here

and read more information at the Workshops Tab Here

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Thank you to all who attended the

Regional Workshop in Jervis Bay NSW

An AMMC Regional Workshop was hosted by the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

The theme of the Workshop centered on How to be a 'Must Visit' museum.  There were sessions on brand, marketing and ideas for interpretation. You can view the Program here


Thank you to AMMC members who attended the

Regional Workshop in Hobart

In the run-up to Hobart’s 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, an AMMC Workshop was hosted by the Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February 2019.

And what better theme for the Workshop than Australians and their boats - What floats your boat? Remarkable stories of Australians and their vessels, the next AMMC/ANMM Travelling Exhibition. Plenty of delegate Workshop interaction and the chance to learn about writing for exhibitions and target audiences.

ALL THE WORKSHOP DETAILS AND THE PROGRAM HERE

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Thank you to AMMC members who attended the

Regional Workshop in Echuca 

18-19 October 2018
 

What a wonderful place to hold a Workshop!  Echuca lived up to all expectations; the place, our hosts, the hospitality, the organisation.

A very big thank you to Mesh Thomson and her team at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, our guides on the various tours, and to Dot Hammond and Margaret Hart from the Echuca Historical Society. But above all, thank you to all our members who for took part and shared in the lively discussions, helping to demonstrate once again the value of AMMC’s Regional Workshops.

Click here to see a photo gallery of Workshop pictures.

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Hi all,

I'm searching for any surviving artefacts from the historic steamtug Wyola.

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Posted by Mark Hosking on November 22, 2019 at 8:49 0 Comments

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SUBMERGED

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Submerged: stories of Australia’s shipwrecks project. The Submerged Digital Archive is hosted by the AMMC website.

An exceptional number of AMMC Members (n=51) read and voted on the stories. A joint AMMC/ANMM Review Panel used these results with the criteria for evaluation to select the final stories for the display. There were so many excellent stories, we had to add an additional banner! We would now like to announce the final 14 stories for Submerged:

Thank you to the AMMC Membership for your support in making this project such a success. Submerged: stories of Australia’s shipwrecks will tour nationwide from 2018-2020. There are still a number of ways to participate in Submerged, so please register your interest as a host venue via our Bookings tab.

 
 
 

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