Preserving Naval History since 1963

Collection

There are more than 10,000 catalogued items in the Museum’s collection, covering Naval, Maritme and Space history. The oldest item (from the late Bronze Age) is more than 3,000 years old.

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The Warship & Marine Corps Museum collection includes:

  • A library of over 3000 books and government documents covering all periods of Naval history. These books are used to help research Museum displays.
  • Diaries and handwritten personal accounts of life in the Navy both ashore & afloat, in war and peace.
  • Uniforms, rank and ratings badges and medals along with an extensive collection of cap tallies.
  • Models of ships along with a Royal Australian Navy 14′ sailing dinghy.
  • Paintings, prints and original recruiting posters from around the world.
  • More than 10,000 Naval-related postcards from the 1890s through to 1945.
  • Signed commissioning and decommissioning crews, autographed command cards, historical photographs and documents, newspaper posters.
  • Ships’ crests (including bridge wing crests) as well as nameplates, shell cases and signal flags, life buoys and artefacts from ships.
  • U.S. Space Program from the Mercury flights to the Space Shuttle; the European Space Agency; unmanned programs.
  • More than 80,000 negatives of Naval ships from a large number of navies taken from the early 1920s to the present. Prints available via our shop.
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