The Australian Association is responsible for organising a number of events including public lectures, maritime history prizes, and supports conferences and other events devoted to maritime history.

Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and partners (Australian Association for Maritime History & WA Museum) wish to announce the biennial Indian Ocean Studies Conference, Change and Continuity in an Age of Uncertainty, to be held in Perth, Western Australia on November 12-13, (Friday, Saturday) 2021.

On behalf of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) we would like to share the following free online talks with you.

The ANMM’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festival has unfortunately been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. However the talks have gone virtual.

The talks are on three consecutive Thursdays (starting this week) and each one includes talented experts in their field. You can find more information here. They are all free and run from 7.30–8.30pm. Registration is essential for each talk.

Thurs 14 May | Rot to Ritz
There are a multitude of decisions to make on any heritage vessel project – restoration, rebuilding, replicating and many more. Two people with a huge number of projects under their belts share their stories about heritage vessel works.

Thurs 21 May | Seclusion at Sea
We think physical distancing and quarantine measures today are challenging. Imagine being at sea for months on end, alone or with the same group of people sailing in some of the world’s most dangerous oceans – how would you manage?

Thurs 28 May | Famous Racing Yachts
Restricted 21-Foot Class Racing Yachts were the mainstay of Australian yachting between the two world wars, and some still exist today. Join this virtual talk to hear three expert presenters from around Australia.

If you’ve got any questions for the speakers, please email them to [email protected] before the talks.

In 2019, the AAMH sponsored the Houtman 400th anniversary celebrations, the Broeze national maritime history book prizes and the Indian Ocean Studies Conference at Sheridan College:

Dr Howard Gray delivered a public lecture - The life and times of Frederik de Houtman 1571-1627  (the annual VEM Public Lecture) on 18 November at the WA Maritime Museum (Victoria Quay).

Maritime Day Posters:

William Dampier (scientist and pirate): maritime-day1

Maritime Rock Art: maritime-day2

Themes in Indian Ocean Maritime History: maritime-day-4

The World's Oldest Maritime Ocean: maritime-day-5

Australia's Maritime History: maritime-day-6

Spanish Plans to Invade Australia: invasion

Globalisation in History: globalisation




The Congress was hosted by Murdoch University, the Western Australian Maritime Museum and the Australian Association for Maritime History and held at Murdoch University, Perth Australia.

Our September 2016 newsletter has a report.

The launch of Hartog Special Issue The Great Circle at the International Congress on Maritime History occurred at the Kerry Stokes Gallery on 28 June.  hartog symbol

Members receive a free copy - non members can purchase a copy for $20 (Aust post included) - email orders to [email protected]

  1. Visit us at the free Maritime Day celebrations, 31 October, Victoria Quay, Fremantle Our thanks to Fremantle Ports for sponsoring our booth. It is all over for another year. All the details in the December newsletter.
  2. William Dampier 300th anniversary public lecture followed by members (and guests) dinner: Bob Sexton lecture 6pm WA Maritime Museum (bookings via WA Museum website) and dinner 8.30 (bookings essential to [email protected]om) at a local restaurant - this event was a great success.
  3. Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture - 20 November WA Maritime Museum, 6pm: The Sailor Prince who got shot - Prince Alfred, HMS Galatea, and Australia's First Royal Tour, 1867-68 by Dr Cindy McCreery, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Sydney. Watch out for this paper in No 2 2016 of The Great Circle
  4. Annual General Meeting, 30 November 2015, Murdoch Business School Conference Room 4pm
    Events for 2014 included the special Rock Art issue launch of the Great Circle & the Michael Sturma lecture on Fremantle as a favourite base for submariners in WW2.
  • The Kenneth McPherson Memorial Lecture
  • Celebrate Maritime Day Expo - 31 August, Visit us at Booth 15, B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle
  • The Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture - 15 November, 6pm, WA Maritime Museum - The History and Future of the America's Cup by John Longley
  • Frank Broeze Maritime History Book Prize - 15 November, 6pm, WA Maritime Museum
  • Australian Community Maritime History Prize - 15 November, 6pm, WA Maritime Museum

Oceans Past IV Conference Wednesday 7th — Friday 9th November 2012 The University of Notre Dame FREMANTLE. Part sponsored by the AAMH.

Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture in November 2012 – Dr Ruth Balint (University of New South Wales) lecture is entitled: Boats, bodies and borders: the story of Australia's Timor Sea.

The Kenneth McPherson Memorial Lecture for 2012 was held on 27 July 2012. 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.

Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney delivered the Australian Association for Maritime History Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture for 2011. Over 120 people attended the lecture entitled: Lost in the Labyrinth: Reenacting and Rethinking James Cook's Endeavour Voyage through the Great Barrier Reef.

The VEM Lecture was preceded by the announcement of the 2011 national maritime history book prizes.

The AAMH has assisted in a modest way with the publication of a book to celebrate ‘100 Years of the Royal Australian Navy’

Associate Professor Malcolm Tull has been honoured with a life membership of the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH). Malcolm is a Murdoch University academic and highly regarded expert on maritime economic history.

Professor Malcolm Tull received the honorary life membership in recognition for his continuous service to the association.

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.

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.