newspicHistory of the AAMH newsletter

The Australian Association of Maritime History’s newsletter was established by Vaughan Evans (a founding member of the AAMH) in 1980, two years after the formation of the Association itself. Both these events came at a time when the field of maritime history was in its infancy in Australia. As such, members of the AAMH were eager to gain information on this emerging field and a newsletter was the perfect medium to disseminate such information.

These early newsletters featured sections including: a note from the President, upcoming conferences, news on maritime history publications and vessels and a question and answer section. One of the most popular sections of these early newsletters was the question and answer section. Vaughan himself often answered these queries with the use of his extensive maritime history library (much of which now contributes to the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Vaughan Evans research library).

Since the inception of the newsletter its format and content has changed as the reins have been handed from one newsletter editor to the next. Vaughan’s legacy as newsletter editor has been continued by Marten and Angela Syme, Jeffery Mellefont, Paul Weaver, Lindsey Shaw, Joseph Christensen, Natasha Prokop, Sarah-Jane Aston, Alexandra Ridgway, Ray Tryniw and now Peter Ridgway.

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Previous Issues of the Newsletter have included:

  • Maritime Day well attended
  • Welcome to International scholars
  • Report on winner of Broeze book prize
  • North Head Lighthouse restoration
  • Wreck Check Inc
  • Search for VOC ship Fortuyn
  • Dr Cindy McCreey's VE Memorial Lecture
  • Exclusive report on HMAS Adelaide launch
  • New Antarctic Ship
  • A Perfect Maritime Day in pictures

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Newsletter editor

Newsletter Editor Peter Ridgway looks forward to receiving items for publication and hearing from members on what they would like to see in the Newsletter. Peter encourages contributors and members to contact him via the email address below.

To post a query online simply email me or alternatively send your query in the post to the AAMH general correspondence address.

Contact the newsletter editor 
Peter Ridgway: [email protected]

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