Preserving the Dart: a piece of working history from the Murray River

A very clear image of DART with its pile driving machinery set up for work, and moored beside the shoreline at Waikere on the Murray River in South Australia, in 1930. ARHV <a href"http://arhv.anmm.gov.au/en/objects/details/149688/dart?ctx=b346e9c3-7f7a-4113-98fe-e838cd2c5c95&idx=0">HV000221</a>.

A very clear image of Dart with its pile driving machinery set up for work, and moored beside the shoreline at Waikere on the Murray River in South Australia, in 1930. ARHV HV000221.

The traffic on the Murray River owes a big debt to the simple working vessels that serviced the infrastructure that made commercial operations possible. One of these crafts, the barge Dart, lies onshore at Goolwa, shaded and partially protected by the big Hindmarsh Bridge that spans the passage between the port of Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island. Dart is out of the water for a much-needed restoration. Recently I visited the Dart as in-kind support to inspect the Australian Register of Historic Vessels (ARHV) listed barge and write up a Vessel Management Plan (VMP), thanks to a  Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) grant.

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Promoting maritime heritage: applications open – MMAPSS Funding 2018-19

Maritime Archaeology Association of Western Australia (MAAWA) Shannon Reid recording underwater MMAPSS 2016-17. Image: MAAWA.

Maritime Archaeology Association of Western Australia (MAAWA) Shannon Reid recording underwater MMAPSS 2016-17. MMAPSS is an annual outreach program of grants and internships, offering funding of up to $15,000 for projects and up to $3,000 for internships, for not for profit organisations that actively care for and display and promote Australia’s maritime heritage. Image: MAAWA.

Are you part of a not for profit organisation which helps preserve Australia’s rich maritime heritage? What are your organisation’s priorities for the year ahead?

Applications are now open for the 2018–2019 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS). MMAPSS is an annual outreach program of grants and internships jointly funded by the Australian Government and the museum. Funding is available, up to $15,000 for projects and up to $3,000 for internships, for not for profit organisations that actively care for and display and promote Australia’s maritime heritage.

Whether you are planning to tackle Conservation, Collection Management or Presentation and Public Programs, support is available. Maybe, as in the case of Lake Macquarie City Council, you plan to collaborate with other heritage organisations in your area to implement an interpretation program to raise the profile and engagement of your region’s unique maritime heritage? Good news: Joint applications are welcome!

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Support for Maritime Heritage across Australia: MMAPSS grants 2017-2018

Sailing off Coal Point, c.1935. Photographer unknown. Image: Lake Macquarie Community Heritage Photography collection.

Sailing off Coal Point, c.1935. Photographer unknown. Image: Lake Macquarie Community Heritage Photography collection.

The museum is very pleased to announce the 2017-2018 awards made of grants and internships through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS), supporting not-for-profit organisations to care for Australia’s maritime heritage. MMAPSS has been offering support since 1995, awarding over $1.6M to support over 395 projects. Internships have been awarded since 2000, with over 50 internships awarded since that time.

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Applications for MMAPSS 2017-2018 grants now open

The Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty. Image: <a href="http://www.busseltonjetty.com.au">Busselton Jetty</a>.

The Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience Busselton Jetty. Image: Busselton Jetty.

As a national cultural agency, the museum provides support for Maritime Heritage nationally and the importance of supporting local communities, smaller museums and historical societies to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage is recognised. Several of the avenues for doing this involve funding opportunities and engagement in collaborative travelling exhibition development.

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The Seafarers Memorial Anchors

The Seafarers Memorial Anchors. Photograph Andrew Frollows

The Seafarers Memorial Anchors in September 2016. Photograph Andrew Frollows

Since the early 1990s the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has held an annual commemoration for World Maritime Day (29 September) at the museum. The union members gather to remember fallen merchant sailors during wartime and the dangerous work of seafarers in the past and present. They march across the Pyrmont Bridge at Darling Harbour and lay wreaths at the two large anchors in front of the museum.

Maritime Union of Australia members march across Pyrmont Bridge to the Seafarers Memorial

Maritime Union of Australia members march across Pyrmont Bridge to the Seafarers Memorial

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War at Sea exhibition travels to Fremantle

Detail from the Fremantle Markets building

Detail from the richly decorated and well restored Fremantle Markets building

During the first week of March a team from the National Maritime Museum went to Fremantle to install the War at Sea – The Navy in WWI exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

The museum, overlooking the Swan River mouth, is an outstanding example of a maritime museum. It is perched on the edge of the old heart of Fremantle harbour, still surrounded with operational wharves and port authority buildings, as well sheds and equipment displaying the heritage of the working harbour.

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Museums Australasia 2016 conference: Bursaries now available

In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery, 2014 (still from panoramic video interpretation of 1804 French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique). Photo Credit: Lisa Reihana.

In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery, 2014 (still from panoramic video interpretation of 1804 French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique). Photo Credit: Lisa Reihana.

The museum is pleased to be offering up to six conference bursaries for the Museums Australasia 2016 conference Facing the Future: local, global and Pacific possibilities being held from 15-19 May 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. This is the first joint conference of Museums Australia and Museums Aotearoa.

The bursaries cover the full conference registration fee (including conference dinner) only, with successful applicants required to fund their own airfare, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

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Applications for MMAPSS 2016-2017 grants now open

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter Waterways. The grant funded conservation projects for five smaller museums.

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter
Waterways.

Applications are now open for the 2016–2017 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPPS), with applications closing on 31 March 2016. Check the website for more details on how to apply.

In recognition that much of Australia’s maritime heritage exists in regional organisations outside the major collecting institutions, the museum is committed to providing outreach support. We are proud to administer this national outreach program, awarding grants annually, of up to $10,000 each, and supporting internships so that regional organisations can continue to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage.

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Applications open – MMAPSS 2013-14

The 2013–2014 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (or MMAPSS) annual grants program is now open to support eligible Australian organisations that care for and preserve Australia’s maritime heritage.

The applications closing date is 31 August 2013.

Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to support legally incorporated not-for-profit organisations that care for Australia’s maritime heritage and a variety of project types are eligible for funding in the areas of collection management, conservation, presentation, the development of relevant education or public programs which make significant collections more accessible to audiences and museological training.

The MMAPSS internships program offers an opportunity for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations to spend time at the Australian National Maritime Museum for up to two weeks with funding of up to $3,000 available for successful applicants.

The program last year supported four internships and the projects of 30 organisations including variety such as a research project into Mallacoota’s regional military maritime history from WWI, a digital film documentary on paddle steamer and barge building at Goolwa 1853-1913, data logging units to monitor collection storage conditions at Eden Killer Whale Museum, and the development of a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the P.S Canally.

On arrival at Morgan October 2011  (Photographer J.Seton)

P.S Canally on arrival at Morgan October 2011
(Photographer J.Seton) – P.S Canally Restoration Committee

If your organisation has an object or collection that contributes to an understanding of Australia, its people and developments which have influenced its maritime history you may be interested to visit the MMAPSS website for details about the application process, key dates, eligibility and a list of past grant recipients.

You can also make contact via the details on the website if you have any questions about the program or want to discuss your project.

– MMAPSS Coordinator

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government.