Join us for our 2021 Pre-Christmas Gathering & Conversation at Stella Maris Seafarers Centre. With Guest Speaker Angela Skandarajah, Chief Executive Officer, Development Victoria. We are delighted to be supporting Stella Maris this year and their excellent work globall...
This seminar, to be held at PROV, will take the form of a working bee to identify some of the thousands of images in the PROV’s Photographic Collection 1880-1976, created by the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners.
I am pleased to invite you to attend the third Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network Ltd (MMHN) to be held on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, at 5pm. Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the meeting will be held by Zoom.
1. The heritage perspective: Dr Liz Rushen AM - historian, author, MMHN Board member, Women on Water: why we need to rock the boat and 2. Presenting the current situation: A diverse cross-section of maritime sector Women of Influence drawn from the public and private se...
Melbourne’s ferries have delivered significant social and economic benefit to our community in the past. Today ferries remain a woefully under-developed transport and tourism option. The opportunity to expand ferry services around this state and in this city is great.
In the heart of Docklands, Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network will share the ’untold story’ of Victoria Harbour, and the currently controversial Central Pier, explaining why both of these iconic maritime heritage assets are significant – and fascinating.
The next MMHN event will be held in collaboration with the RAN on the Stage at Federation Square There will be a performance by the NAVY BAND and a brief presentation.
The Kulin Nation’s presence over millennia around Port Phillip Bay, the Birrarung/Yarra corridor, its waterways, swamps and creeks, was clearly a primary formative element in the maritime heritage we share today.
The Annual Seafarers Service for members of the Royal Australian Navy, Master Mariners, members of the Merchant Navy and those who care for their welfare through the Mission to Seafarers, Stella Maris and Port authorities.
The Hotham History Project is running a cruise event with historic commentary provided by Peter Somerville.
A presentation by Michael O’Brien on “Maritime Melbourne: History on Paper” within the Melbourne Rare Book Week Program, a collaboration between MMHN and Rare Books Melbourne.
Peeling back the histories of the fisheries, the fishing activities, and the fishing families, who are often multi-generational and offer rich family histories entwined with fishing, the research project will collect and preserve tales from the Gippsland Lakes Fishery.
An invitation to join virtual the live-streamed Commemoration Ceremony to market the Anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea fought during 4–8 May 1942.
Thousands of historical archaeological treasures reside within Heritage Victoria’s Artefact and Research Centre. As part of the Heritage Festival, we are offering tours of the Artefact and Research Centre at Heritage Victoria for one afternoon only.
A Hotham History Project walking event. The walking tour will be a follow up to his book, in Blue Lake, David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne became the city’s blind spot.
In the first outing of our ‘Up from the Vaults’ series for 2020, Dr Liz Dean from the School of Social and Political Sciences will explore the significance of Birrarung (the Yarra River).
Cruise from Docklands to Williamstown Visit Melbourne’s busy international ports (big ships up really close!), cruise past the Williamstown Seaport Festival and see tall ships at berth, then cruise down to St Kilda and around the bay before returning to Docklands.
SAILING & WATER BASED EVENTS
The Port of Melbourne – Port of Osaka Yacht Race
A unique race between Port Cities – Sister Cities first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka. Former CoM Lord Mayor Trevor Huggard sailed in the first race. The City of Melbourne provides the licence to use the “Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Yacht Club” trademark and have provided hospitality support to competitors in the past. This is Australia’s longest Category 1 yacht race, the equivalent of eight back-to-back Sydney to Hobart’s with only two people on board.
Now held every four years (on average) to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship.
The 2018 event was fully subscribed with a waiting list of keen competitors.
Next event is scheduled for 2022.
The City of Melbourne has an opportunity to support allocated events at Docklands.
The race commences at the Heads. Preparation of the boats occurs at Sandringham.
Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Races
The Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Race is the ‘Grand Old Dame’ of Australian ocean races. It is the oldest ocean race in Australia and the fifth oldest on the face of the planet.
In 1907, Thomas Fleming Day, editor of the American magazine ‘Rudder’ wrote to his friend, the Commodore of the Geelong Yacht Club, T.A. Dickson, suggesting a race across Bass Strait to Tasmania in order to promote the sport of yachting. Day struck a trophy worth 60 guineas, a fortune at the time, as a prize for the winner. More than 100 years later, yachts are still racing across Bass Strait for the honour of winning the Rudder Cup. The Rudder Cup is Australia’s oldest ocean race and the 5th oldest organised ocean yacht race in the world, predating the Fastnet race by nearly 20 years and the Sydney to Hobart race by nearly four decades.
Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race
Now in its 44th year, the 435 nautical mile blue-water classic Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race was the brainchild of Stan Gibson from Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club in Melbourne and Dr. Joe Cannon at Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart.
Arguably Australia’s most challenging ocean race, the Melbourne to Hobart starts from Portsea Pier.
Couta Boat Events
The Couta Boat Association is dedicated to the promotion of iconic wooden Australian gaff rig fishing boats now raced in competitive and social fleets.
The Victorian Couta boat is a distinct Australian designed working boat going back to the latter part of the 1800s. Queenscliffe, just inside Port Phillip Heads, was a fishing community, which initially worked their local areas inside the bay. To go out the heads required a boat capable of handling the ‘The Rip’ as the passage is known, and then the much rougher offshore conditions. By the 1890s they had established a fleet that was working out into the strait, using sailing craft that were different from the inshore boats. When railways reached coastal communities the ability to transport fish quickly to Melbourne encouraged the fleet size to expand and made it practical to fish offshore and to freight the catch to the market.
Round the World Yacht Races
Round the World Yacht Races e.g. Volvo Ocean Race, World Clipper Races
These races are multi-million dollar events and involve many sailing clubs throughout Melbourne. More could be done to optimise an economic up-lift in Melbourne itself and reinforce Melbourne’s historic role as a port city destination.
Dragon Boats Victoria
President – Adrian Stephens
Based at Victoria Harbour Docklands.
Dragon boat racing has cultural origins in ancient China and has evolved into a highly competitive sport right across the globe. Dragon Boats Victoria delivers regattas across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Their premier event is the Victorian State Championships, which is held at the end of each season in March.