Volunteering

Volunteering

A small group of volunteers aboard HMAS Castlemaine in 2009. A.F

A small group of volunteers aboard HMAS Castlemaine in 2009. A.F

The easiest way to become involved in HMAS Castlemaine is to become a volunteer. Volunteers can fulfil personal interests, connect with the past and develop new skills whilst making a real contribution to the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the ship. It is only through the work of volunteers that HMAS Castlemaine can be preserved afloat for future generations to enjoy.

Volunteers have been instrumental in every element of getting the ship to where she is today, from tracking down original fittings, welding, installing and machining new components to archiving, displaying and restoring artefacts. There is no set of skills wasted on board; HMAS Castlemaine is a microcosm of wider life with a place for every skill imaginable. New volunteers will find an atmosphere of camaraderie and cheer and a chance to use their skills and experiences for a common purpose whilst learning new ones along the way.

There is no age limit for volunteers and women are encouraged to join the ranks. Our volunteer days are Tuesdays and weekends and volunteers can come along as often or infrequently as they are able to, so long as they are willing to have fun, and be involved. To become involved or if you know someone who would benefit from a chance to make new friends, contact us by either visiting at Gem Pier Williamstown, phoning (03) 9397 2363, writing to us at P.O. Box 244, Williamstown, Vic. 3016 or emailing us on: hmascastlemaine@dodo.com.au.

Services to Volunteers

Three of our volunteers in cold weather jackets, provided through a generous Federal Government grant in 2010.

Three of our volunteers in cold weather jackets, provided through a generous Federal Government grant in 2010.

The Maritime Trust of Australia is volunteer-driven and has a long history of supporting and recognising the people who make up the crew. Volunteering on HMAS Castlemaine:

  • gives former servicemen and women a place to reconnect with their past, and enjoy the camaraderie they formerly enjoyed in an environment they can relate to,
  • fosters social connectedness and a sense of community for otherwise isolated people,
  • provides a place where volunteers of all ages can learn new skills or practise old ones, including occasional training in areas such as archiving and first aid,
  • gives volunteers a common goal and sense of pride in maintaining a historical ship,
  • rewards volunteers with social gatherings,
  • enables volunteers to be out and active on the picturesque Williamstown foreshore,
  • provides a united group where volunteers can talk freely amongst supportive and understanding members who genuinely care about one another,
  • allows passionate volunteers to share their enthusiasm with the general public.