The Maritime Trust of Australia, the body responsible for preserving HMAS Castlemaine, is wholly run by volunteers and financed by donations and entrance fees paid by visitors. 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 Castlemaine:

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 directly into our bank account:
Name: Maritime Trust of Australia Inc.
BSB: 013-141
A/c number: 850682757
Please make sure you 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 of the MTA by simply applying and paying a nominal membership fee. You do not have to be a member to be a volunteer, however members contribute greatly to the preservation of HMAS Castlemaine. Please contact us to apply for membership.

The original wireless receivers on board HMAS Castlemaine
The original wireless receivers on board HMAS Castlemaine

Join the Radio Society

The wireless transmitter aboard HMAS Castlemaine has been restored by members of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society, Australia, HMAS Castlemaine Group. The society is made up of radio amateurs with a maritime background or interest, and new members with an amateur radio license are welcome to join. To become involved in the RNARS, please contact:
Mr. Terry Murphy,
Events Coordinator, Amateur Radio Victoria,
40G Victory Blvd, Ashburton VIC 3147
Registered call sign VK3RAN
Phone: (03) 9885 9261 or Web: amateurradio.com.au