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Sir Willian Crowther's Hobart: First published by the AAMH in 1979 as a supplement to Vol 1 Number 2 of The Great Circle, this rare publication is now available here for the first time (click on "Hobart" above).

This paper on the AAMH's contribution to maritime history in Australia was delivered to the International Maritime History Association Congress in 2016 contributing-to-australias-maritime-history-v2

The AAMH has produced, or assisted in the production of many other maritime history publications. Here is a cross-section of some of these publications.


During the war, Fremantle was an important international base for over 170 US, British and Dutch submarines. The secrecy surrounding the operation of the base meant that its existence was little known at the time and, until now, largely forgotten by history.Lynne Cairns, Secret Fleets: Fremantle’s World War II Submarine Base (ISBN 9781920843526; Revised enlarged 2nd edition).


Graeme Broxam, Shipping Arrivals and Departures: Tasmania (Volume 3 1843-1850; ISBN 0-0586561-3-4).

A Roebuck Book published by Navarine Publishing with financial assistance from the Australian Association for Maritime History.


Stuart M. Frank, Oooh, You New York Girls!: The Urban Pastorale in Ballads and Songs about Sailors Ashore in the Big City (ISBN 0-937854-34-4)

C0-published by the Kendall Whaling Museum and the Australian Association for Maritime History.

Malcolm Tull (comp.), A Bibliography of University Theses on Australian Maritime History (ISBN 0-9681288-0-7)History. This publication contains the text of Stuart Frank’s Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecture, delivered at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle on 11 November 1995.

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Published for the Australian Association for Maritime History by the International Maritime Economic History Association, St. John’s Newfoundland.

A. G. E. Jones, Ships Employed in the South Seas Trade (1775-1859 (ISBN 0-646-09183-2))

Published by A.G.E. Jones jointly with the Australian Association for Maritime History.

  •  Jones
  •  Frank
  •  Broxam
  •  Secret Fleets
  •  Tull

Comments 2

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    May I enquire about the Association’s williness to support new publications ?

    The project : A single narrative account of the ‘discovery’ of the east coast of New Holland in 1770, taken from the combined journals of the four principal journal keepers on board H. M. Bark Endeavour – Lieutenant James Cook, Joseph Banks (gentleman naturalist), Sydney Parkinson (Natural history artist), and James Magra (Midshipman).

    Intended to catch the tide of interest generated by the 250th anniversary commemorations of Cook’s voyage due to take place in 2020, the project aims to put the record straight regarding Cook’s exploration of the east coast in 1770.

    It focuses particularly on the contact with the Indigenous, and is illustrated with numerous original images executed during the voyage, including details of charts, plans of harbours, coastal profiles, botanical, zoological, marine, landscape and figurative drawings, and contemporary portraits of the mariners.

    Continent of Smoke’ is an adaption of the discovery story made easily accessible to the general reader, without compromising the integrity of the original document.

    This is a carefully curated, tightly edited version of the journals, picking out the most important events that define the voyage, aimed to keep the narrative moving, and all the time highlighting the part the Indigenous played in the ‘discovery’ story.

    This presentation is unique in being the first time the story has been told using the combined and collaborative descriptions of the four principle journal keepers on board the Endeavour. Together they create a single, cohesive narrative that brings the story to life as never before.

    Cook’s journey covered the entire east coast from Point Hickes (Victoria) to Possession Island (North Queensland), and as such touched the lives of the people of thirty-nine Aboriginal territories that lie between these two points. The journal records of people seen and smokes sighted during Cook’s four-month journey is documentary evidence that aboriginal people inhabited the entire length of the east coast in 1770. They describe for us a continent and a people as it was before white contact. As such the journals are beyond value to students of history, both black and white.

    It is my firm belief that the ‘discovery’ story has never been better told than in the words of the explorers themselves. Their words contain first hand all the elements of drama, risk and first discovery. While reading the explorer’s descriptions and following the ship’s track as it appears on Cook’s original charts, the reader is taken on a journey of re-discovery unlike any other.

    With more than 8 in 10 Australians (85%) living within 50 kilometres of the east coast, the Cook story describes for them ‘their place’ as it was originally.

    While marketed generally in bookshops and alike, and along the coast in Tourist Information Centres, the story has additional specialist appeal for schools, historical societies, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, museums and other educational institutions throughout the country. Cruising yachtsmen are other likely customers.

    The journals hold information about Aboriginal maritime history as well as European. For instance, they provide proof of the island-hopping canoe journeys the Guugu Yimithirr people took between the coast and Lizard Island. A twenty mile (32 kilometre) journey across unsheltered waters. Something Cook believed impossible until he discovered the ruins of several huts and heaps of turtle shells, evidence of feasts, on Lizard Island.

    The journals hold scientific information that is valuable to today’s botanical and metrological scientists measuring changes to the environment during the past two hundred and fifty years. Flowering plants that Banks collected in 1770 are now found to flower quite out of season. Experts conclude that they must have had a much later or longer wet season in those past times.

    The manuscript version of ‘Continent of Smok’ is the accepted resource document for training volunteers at the Australian National Maritime Museum for the New Holland part of Cook’s voyage.

    NewSouth Publishing have offered to publish the work in partnership with the ANMM. Unfortunately the Museum does not have a publishing arm . Hence my enquiry to you.

    I would be glad to send you a sample of my treatment if your Association would be interested.

    Kind regards,

    John MacDonald

    1. Dear John,
      The AAMH reviews its position on support for publications from time to time. In the first instance I recommend you email us with an outline of your idea. Note that the AAMH has a focus on Australian Maritime History.

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