ABOUT HMAS CASTLEMAINE
The Maritime Trust of Australia, the owner of and body responsible for
preserving HMAS Castlemaine, was formed in 1973. It is wholly run by
volunteers through a committee and financed by donations and entrance fees paid
In 1996 the Trust became an incorporated association. We are always keen for
people to become involved in our work, whether by visiting the ship, donating
artefacts, photos and papers, volunteering as a guide or restoration worker.
Here are ways you can assist HMAS
Provide a Donation
The MTA receives no direct funding from government sources, outside occasional
grants for specific projects, and we rely upon admission fees and donations to
pay the expenses of maintaining the ship.
If you would like to help ensure HMAS Castlemaine remains in existence
for future generations to enjoy, please make a donation. Donations of $2 and
above are tax deductible. Either contact us directly or donate into our
Name: Maritime Trust of Australia Inc.
A/c number: 850682757
Please enter your name and email us upon payment, so we can issue a receipt.
Become a Volunteer
Provide essential support for the ship and our operations by becoming a Volunteer - read more about the
benefits for Castlemaine and the benfits for you of
volunteering. Men and women of all ages are very welcome.
Become a Member
The Maritime Trust of Australia is an Incorporated Association that is
completely volunteer-based, a registered non-profit organisation without paid
positions. The committee consists of a President, Vice-president, Secretary,
Treasurer and four ordinary members, and is elected by the members of the MTA
every two years. Anybody can become a member by simply applying and paying a
nominal membership fee. Please contact us to apply
Committees Past and Present
The following is a list of members who guided the project in the
early years. The original members who conceived and got the project off the
ground are marked #.
Capt. Sam J. Benson
Geoff P. Butt
Allan R. Colquhoun #
F. A. Goldstone
Vice Adm Lionel Lockwood
Sir Cecil Looker #
Campbell Mclaren #
S. Baillieu Myer #
Capt Peter Richardson
J. H. H. Paterson
P. M. Scott
Cdre Dacre Smythe
Hon. Vernon Wilcox
Peter J. Williams #
Committee Since 2000s
The committee was re-formed in the early 2000s, and below are members of the
re-formed committee. Current members are denoted by *.
Peter Williams OAM
Volunteers Past and Present
The restoration and maintenance of Castlemaine has depended completely on
volunteers, men and women who have given their time and expertise to help
restore and maintain the vessel. If you know of anyone missing from the list
below, please contact us to update our records. Thank you to all of
Castlemaine's dedicated volunteers.
Alf 'Bluey' Thornton
Peter J. Williams