Shipbuilding in the Australian Colonies Before 1850

Mark Staniforth, Debbie Shefi

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Shipbuilding in a colonial context draws on traditions from a variety of places including the parent culture. Colonial shipbuilding adapts and evolves over time to meet the local environmental conditions, the availability of endemic and other timbers and to suit the requirements of local and regional mercantile commerce. Establishing the identity and biography of colonial shipbuilders is key to understanding the processes which underpin shipbuilding development. This paper considers shipbuilding in the Williams River area of NSW and in southern Tasmania as two case studies in shipbuilding in the early Australian colonies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSociety for Historical Archaeology Conference 2014, Quebec (Montreal, Canada) - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 8 Jan 201412 Jan 2014


ConferenceSociety for Historical Archaeology Conference 2014, Quebec (Montreal, Canada)
CityQuebec City


  • Australian-built vessels
  • maritime archaeology
  • nautical archaeology
  • Colonial Australia
  • Australian colonies
  • Shipbuilding


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