Winding Up the Maritime Heritage Association of Victoria
Friday 30th December 2016
It is with regret that I have to inform you that at a special General Meeting held on Thursday 22nd December, it was agreed by Special Resolution to voluntarily wind up the Maritime Heritage Association of Victoria Inc. due to our lack of members and the loss of interest. See the Minutes of the Special General Meeting, 22 December 2016.
Completion of the winding up process is subject to the distribution of our assets as agreed in the Special Resolution passed at the meeting (please refer to the 'Special General Meeting' minutes), and the acceptance of our application to 'voluntarily wind up' by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
It is recognised that the major part of the MHAV's objectives to establish a 'maritime heritage centre and working seaport at Williamstown' has been achieved. The Maritime Museums of Victoria and Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre continue to promote the MHAV's original objective.
On behalf of the committee, we wish to thank you for your interest in and loyalty to the Maritime Heritage Association of Victoria since its formation at Polly Woodside/Melbourne Maritime Museum on 16th September 2002.
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Seaworks Maritime Discovery CentreMHAV represents over 40 organisations and hundreds of members supporting maritime awareness, collections, experiences and historic vessels. From canoes to clippers, immigrants to container ships, the sea has touched the lives of all Victorians. But Victoria is the only Australian state without a major centre to preserve and celebrate its vast maritime riches.
The MHAV continues to support the Seaworks Foundation with the development of the Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, at 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, VIC 3016. The Discovery Centre displays many unique collections, including models of ships which have traded out of Melbourne over the last 180 years, many artefacts from those and other vessels, historical DVDs, paintings and prints of ships and the Port of Melbourne, and a library of publications and photos.
The Discovery Centre has already been identified by the Williamstown Visitor and Information Centre as being a significant tourist attraction. The Discovery Centre is open on Sundays and, subject to availability of volunteers and guides, is planned to open mid-week.