Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

School resources

This area is designed to provide students and teachers with sources of information for studies related to maritime heritage.

Share your information

Foundsome newinformation? Interviewed survivors of shipwrecks / descendants of shipwreck survivors or victims? Written a paper oressay about a shipwreck, lighthouseor other maritime heritage site? Created a poem about a shipwreck event? Taken a great photograph of a defence site, old wharf or pilot station?

Share your ideas and achievements. Email them to Maritime Heritage Online. If they are used they will be suitably credited and you will be helping others as well as promoting your school.

Associated documents and files

Listed below are all the related documents and files for the School Resources section of the website. Click on any hyperlink to download or view the associated files or web pages.

Communicate creatively

Dunbar poem
1857 Henry Kendall (1839-1882)

Dunbar poem c.1886

Keilawarra poem
The Keilawarra tragedy of 1886 involved the loss of some 41 lives and is one of the most significant maritime disasters in NSW

Develop knowledge about archaeology underwater

Use this area to assess what it is about the work of an archaeologist. What is their role? What ethics guide their work? What outcomes do they achieve?

Discover archaeology and history
Is this ancient? How do I know?

Find information about the science and methods of archaeology
Find out about the skills and methods of archaeologists

Find out how shipwrecks are raised and conserved

Investigate how archaeologists do what they do
How do archaeologists and historians investigate the past?

Understand the role of the archaeologist

Develop your analytical powers

Use the information and artefacts in museums to identify, describe and analyse artefacts and other objects. Below is a link to a museum that provides maritime archaeology workshops.

Analyse cargo carried by coastal shipping

Archaeology Workshops

Identify the causes of shipwreck
Why have nearly 2000 shipwrecks occurred in NSW waters?

Query archaeological data and history sources

Question ethics and professional behaviour

Develop your research and descriptive powers

Learn how to describe a maritime site and to prepare site reports.

Case studies
Examples of information that can be gathered and presented as a report following a maritime archeological survey of an historic shipwreck.

Describe conditions of a shipwreck site
Develop your research and descriptive powers

Underwater skills needed to record information about wrecks

Searching shipwrecks (searchingshipwrecks.pdf, 251KB)
Querying the Maritime Heritage Online site - learn how to make the most of your site searches

Evaluate shipwreck significance

Learn how to identify the attributes of a shipwreck to determine how they should be managed and protected

Evaluate the significance of shipwrecks

Shipwreck evaluation criteria (ShipwreckEvaluationCriteria.pdf, 18KB)
Historic shipwreck evaluation criteria

Fun and games for younger students

Fun student books

Investigate aboriginal maritime heritage

Aboriginal maritime heritage is ancient, diverse and continues in many forms to the present day.

Develop knowledge of diversity in Aboriginal maritime heritage
Develop knowledge of diversity in Aboriginal maritme heritage. Traditional watercraft used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Learn about maritime heritage legislation

Identify the Powers of Wreck Inspectors
Summary of key provisions and powers of official Wreck Inspectors.

Understand laws that protect maritime historical areas
Goes to Managing maritime heritage - please see the Legislation section of this page.

Understand shipwreck chemistry

Shipwrecks are complex chemical, biological and electrolytic systems. Explore this intriguing, simmering world.

Conservation of materials from a marine environment

Learn about conditions under which rusting of iron occurs and the process of rusting

Learn about the use of iron and steel in ships

Learn to preserve materials from a marine environment


Page last updated: 31 August 2012