Wrecked! A survey of shipwreck sites on the Queensland coast

Throughout history, Queensland’s treacherous coastline has claimed nearly 1,400 vessels. The maritime industry is at the heart of Queensland’s and Australia’s historic development and shipping was the principal mode of transport for goods and people until well into the 20th Century.

The high volume of sea trade coupled with the treacherous nature of our coastline resulted is a many vessels being lost or abandoned. Today, these shipwrecks continue to attract attention, both from a historical and a touristic viewpoint. Yet, despite its profile there is much we do not know about our maritime heritage. The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) is conducting a five year survey of Queensland’s historic shipwrecks to draw together all the available information, establishing a more complete picture of where the wrecks are and what they can tell us.

Join Paddy Waterson, Queensland’s appointed Historical Shipwreck Practitioner, as she brings some of these stories to the surface.

Presented by State Library of Queensland and the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Speaker: Paddy Waterson
When: Wed 20 Apr, 2011. 12.30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 1 hour

Contact State Library Queensland for more information regarding Wrecked! A survey of shipwreck sites on the Queensland coast.