HMAS Castlemaine corvette/minesweeper, was built at Williamstown Victoria 1941-42 and served with distinction during World War II in the coastal and northern waters of Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean and China Sea. She was paid off in 1945 and later used for training purposes at HMAS Cerberus, Westernport Victoria until the early 1970's. The Maritime Trust has now restored the vessel as a floating museum and naval memorial.
Castlemaine is a historic WWII Australian vessel and our collection centres around the ship and period, but also covers many other aspects of maritime heritage relating to South East Australia particularly. Topics include exploration, early steam and sailing vessels, coastal trade and Bass Strait, Port Phillip and Melbourne Port history, shipwrecks, Victorian Colonial Navy Defences, early Royal Australian Navy, WW2 and shipbuilding. All are supported in the collection with books, manuscripts, relics, pictorial images, working files, ship plans etc