following books and booklets have been published by the various Australian
state government departments responsible for maritime heritage and custodians
of protected shipwrecks, both national and state.
state: SOUTH AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA
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also Australian Shipwrecks.
OUR HISTORIC SHIPWRECKS. Covers thirty-two historic shipwreck
sites in South Australia, giving a brief history of the ship, and an indication
of the condition of the site and what remains of the vessel.
mono plates, 42 pages.
STRAIT MARITIME HERITAGE TRAIL.
excellent booklet of 36 pages with mono prints covers eight shipwrecks
in the straits between the Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, plus another
six briefly mentioned off the Althorpe Islands. A brief history of the
loss of each ships followed by wrecksite details, each with longitude and
latitude points. Some ships have a wrecksite plan.
ISLAND SHIPS' GRAVEYARD.
Island at the entrance to the Port Adelaide River is a huge ships' graveyard
with old sailing ships, steamers, barges, ferries and pontoons, from 1856
to 1945. This fine small book of 50 pages covers the major vessels scuttled,
with a brief description of their history, their current condition, and
recent photographs. There is a wealth of history in these old vessels which
only have been given the respect they deserve.
BOAT TRAIL - SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
delightful book of A4 size, 36 pages, with colour photographs, giving an
excellent historic description of the ports from Paringa down to Goolwa,
and the river boats that plied the Murray River.
OF ENCOUNTER BAY AND BACKSTAIRS PASSAGE
size, 134 pages, mono photographs. Another professionally produced book
in the South Australian Maritime Heritage Series, covering twenty-eight
major vessels. The substantial introductory paragraphs cover a geographical
expose of the study area, an historical overview of the region, and methodology
of site examination. The shipwreck gazette section provides each vessel
with a brief history and recent site conditions; some with site diagrams,
and extensive bibliography included.
OF INVESTIGATOR STRAIT AND THE LOWER YORKE PENINSULA
Cosmos Coroneos and Robert McKinnon.
A4 size, 120 page monograph is the definitive work on the shipwrecks of
the region, and covers much of the maritime archaeological surveys on the
sites conducted by the (South Australia) Department for Environment and
Heritage. Twenty-six wrecks are included, each with a brief history of
the vessel and her situation when lost. The substantial introductory paragraphs
cover a geographical expose of the study area, an historical overview of
the region, and methodology of site examination.
and extensive bibliography.
OCEAN SHIPWRECK TRAIL.
a dozen of so major shipwrecks along the south-east coast of South Australia,
from the Coorong down to Port MacDonnell. The 46 page booklet on quality
paper is printed in two colours, with many photographs, and a brief description
of each wreck.
co-ordinates are not included.
ISLAND MARITIME HERITAGE TRAIL.
Island off Port Victoria in Spencer Gulf, South Australia, has eight major
shipwrecks off its shores. This excellent booklet of 24 pages gives a brief
history of the ship, and detailed sight bearings to locate the wreck.
drawing of each wrecksite is shown.
separate insert sheet provides GPS co-ordinates.
AND SEALING SITES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Parry Kostoglou and Justin McCarthy.
eighteen whaling sites and eight sealing sites on the coast of South Australia.
Each site includes an historic background, and recent site descriptions,
with photographs and some site diagrams. A4 size, 78 pages, mono prints.
18/5/13 - None listed on Classic
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SEALING AND WHALING SITES IN VICTORIA
40-page, A4 size mono booklet covers the history of nine sites in Victoria,
complete with wrecksite diagrams and archaeological finds.
very important historical work.
- DISASTER TO DISCOVERY
loss of the paddle-steamer Clonmel in 1841 east of Wilsons Promontory led
to the opening up of the rich pastoral lands of south Gippsland. This well
designed book of 28 pages in full colour, provides an historical background
to colonial Victoria, a history of the ship and her loss, the rescue
and subsequent settlement of Port Albert and the neighbouring district.
Wrecksite description and site plan is also covered.
PHILLIP SHIPWRECKS - AN HISTORICAL SURVEY
four books in this series represent a major authoritative work on the vessels
lost in Port Phillip. All known details of each ship and wrecksite, as
per the Heritage Victoria database, are included in the books which are
divided by period and region. Of particular interest and importance are
the various chapters which include such topics as social change,
maritime technology, maritime archaeology methodology, and an analysis
of the reasons for loss in the regions of the bay. Very important historical
1. Vessels lost within a ten nautical mile radius of the Heads, inside
2. Vessels lost within a ten nautical mile radius of the Heads, outside
3. Vessels lost in the area south of Point Cook on the west side and of
Ricketts point, Beaumaris, on the east side of the Bay.
4. Vessels lost in the area north of Point Cook on the west side and of
Ricketts point, Beaumaris, on the east side of the Bay.
IN THE SIGHT GLASS - PROTECTORS AND RAIDERS OF THE SS CITY OF LAUNCESTON.
Shirley Strachan. $22.00
excellent full colour square format booklet of 80 pages covering the history
of the vessel and her loss after colliding with the SS Penola in Port Phillip
Bay on 19 November 1865. The wreck site drawings and photograph of a model
of the site is extremely informative and interesting as there was considerable
archaeological work done on the site. The re-discovery of the illusive
wreck (site) is included, and the attempt to protect the site from vandals.
There was an early attempt to raise the vessel which proved unsuccessful.
The brief history of shipping in the bay is also of great interest.
||SURF COAST WRECKS
Historic Shiprecks Between
Point Lonsdale and Cape Otway, 1853-1940
Ross Anderson & Anne
As would be expected from
two maritime archaeology staff at Heritage Victoria, this is an excellnt,
thoroughly researched with a fascinating introduction to shipwrecks in
the region, followwed by an alphabetic listing of some detail on each historic
shipqwreck. The history of each vessel is included, followed by details
of it loss, its physical construction and cargo, lifes lost, crew, salvage
and long-lat cordinates for the vssel where knon. Of particular value is
the list of primary and secondary sources.
Softcover, A4 size, 268
pages, mono sepia prints, index.
||THE WILD COAST
Another excellent publication
put out by Heritage Victoria, this on covering the wrecks from Moonlight
Bay to Port Fairy, on what is generally called the Shipwreck Coast. Whereas
it has limited historic information, each vssel listed is covered in regards
to its physical dimensions, base information on construction and registration,
where lost, and location by longitude and latitude. Of particulr importance
is the list of primary and secondary sources for each listing. Softcover,
142 pages, mono prints (some of less thn exceptional quality), index.
AND TIDE - A GUIDE TO THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE WILLIAM SALTHOUSE
Elliget and Harry Breidahl.
fine oblong booklet of 32 pages printed in colour on gloss art paper gives
a complete history of the vessel and her loss, and subsequent legal protection.
Considerable archaeological work has been done on the fragile wrecksite
by Heritage Victoria.
booklet includes recent site drawings and descriptions, artifacts recovered,
and a plea for its future protection.
ON THE REEF - A GUIDE TO THE HISTORIC SHIPWRECKS AT PORT PHILLIP HEADS.
oblong-shaped book of 64 pages, with central colour plates; covers some
thirty of the major wrecks on the Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean reefs
at the entrance to Port Phillip. Historical information on the vessel and
her loss is included with a description of the wrecksite. Some site plans
are shown. Mono photographs.