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 by visitors.

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 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 into our bank account:

Name: Maritime Trust of Australia Inc.
BSB: 013-141
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 for membership.

Committees Past and Present

Current Committee
committee member Dennis Gale
committee member Dick Budzienny
committee member Bob Pearson
committee member Michael Harrington
committee member Andy McNeill
committee member Martin Woodhead

Early Committee

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
Len Barker
Doug Bews
Geoff P. Butt
Adrian Champ
Allan R. Colquhoun #
Alex Colville
Laurie Crooks
Lindsey Crowle
F. A. Goldstone
Noel Hernan
Kerry Hodges
Vice Adm Lionel Lockwood
Sir Cecil Looker #
Addison Lowes
B. McCallum
Campbell Mclaren #
S. Baillieu Myer #
Capt Peter Richardson
J. H. H. Paterson
P. M. Scott
Ross Shilton
Cdre Dacre Smythe
Wesley Stenning
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 *.

Dick Budzienny*
Andrew Campbell
Frank Casio
Toni Casio
Peter Driver
Dennis Gale*
Bob Gerring
Michael Harrington*
Russell Hopton
Jim Johnston
Steven Knipe
Andy McNeill*
Geoff Middleton
Bob Pearson*
Ian Shackleton
Peter Williams OAM
Martin Woodhead*

See our list of Volunteers Past and Present here