Reports from the MHAV President

At the annual AGM the President reports to the members on the activities of the Association, which provides an interesting summary of the development and progress of MHAV over the years. Below are the Reports since 2004.

A Focused Future For Our Maritime Past

Warwick Turner gave a talk in October 2005 on "A Focused Future For Our Maritime Past" to members of the Maritime Heritage Association of Victoria and the Williamstown Maritime Association. It was a fascinating discussion on potential ways ahead for the Williamstown site. Here is the text of his talk, or you can download it in .doc format (110 Kb) or .pdf format (260Kb).

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Wyuna at Williamstown in 1967

Wyuna is said to be Australia's "Britannia", having been built on the Clyde in 1953 to a classic 20th century design. After 26 years with the Port Phillip Sea Pilots, Wyuna operated as a training ship for the Australian Maritime College in Launceston until 2004. She was then sold for possible use for accommodation in the Pilbara and later sold again for possible conversion to a luxury yacht. Neither venture is being progressed and Wyuna remains laid up in Launceston. The MHAV supports a future relocation to Melbourne and presentation as a classic heritage vessel in a role which would support her long term preservation in the port.

Committee member Barbara Cohen attended the Ninth Mediterranean Maritime Heritage Forum in Palermo, Sicily, in September 2003. Here is a copy of her report of the event - PalermoMMH.doc (36 Kb).

The Barcelona Charter was adopted at the Palermo Conference, as the European charter for the conservation and restoration of traditional ships in operation.