Celebrating 100 years of Commonwealth Lighthouses
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (the AMSA Act). AMSA’s principal functions are:
- promoting maritime safety and protection of the marine environment
- preventing and combating ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment
- providing infrastructure to support safety of navigation in Australian waters
- providing a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors.
AMSA is celebrating 100 years of Australian Government management of lighthouses in 2015 with a series of promotional events including lighthouse openings, two coins produced by the Royal Australian Mint, an Australia Post stamp series as well as the release of a new interactive map showcasing all the heritage listed Australian lighthouses under their management.
Guiding lights at the Australian National Maritime Museum
David Payne is Curator of Historic Vessels at Australian National Maritime Museum, and through the Australian Register of Historic Vessels he works closely with heritage boat owners throughout Australia researching and advising on their craft and their social connections. David has also been a yacht designer and documented many of the museum’s vessels with extensive drawings. He has had a wide sailing experience, from Lasers and 12-foot skiffs through to long ocean passages.