Lecture

The Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture

This lecture is an annual series of lectures designed to commemorate the memory of Vaughan Evans and honour his outstanding commitment to the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH).

Vaughan Evans was born in England in 1924 and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. After the war he worked for Lloyd's of London until 1955, when he migrated to Australia. He worked for the Prudential Assurance Company until his retirement in 1984.

Vaughan developed his interest in maritime history in England, where he founded the Thames Shiplovers' Society and was an active member of the Society for Nautical Research. In Australia, together with Frank Broeze and John Bach, Vaughan established the AAMH in 1978. He served as the first Secretary and edited the quarterly newsletter from its inception in January 1980 until shortly before his death on 17 November 1993. The Newsletter was designed to cater to everyone interested in maritime history, and included anecdotes, responses to questions, and short noted on various aspects of maritime history. Every issue was a gem overflowing with his knowledge and wit. Vaughan also co-edited, with John Bach, the AAMH's journal, The Great Circle, between 1983 and 1988.

Vaughan played a key role in the establishment of the Australian National Maritime Museum, in Sydney, which opened in 1991 and named its reference library after him in 1993. Meanwhile, in 1988, the Australian bicentennial year, Vaughan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to maritime history.

The Kenneth McPherson Memorial Lecture

Dr Kenneth McPherson was an eminent historian of India’s Muslim communities and an internationally acknowledged authority on the peoples and cultures of the Indian Ocean. Ken’s 1993 book, The Indian Ocean: a History of People and the Sea is a critical source for those interested in maritime history. Ken was President of the Australian Association for Maritime History at the time he took ill early in 2009. He died in early 2010.

The inaugural Kenneth McPherson Memorial Lecture was delivered by long time colleague and friend Dr Brian Stoddart in June 2011.

The second lecture was delivered in 2012 by Dr Jeremy Green, eminent maritime archaeologist and Head Department of Maritime Archaeology, WA Museum delivered a lecture entitled, Kenneth McPherson and his role in the development of maritime archaeology in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka in particular.