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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2465


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

Concerning the anchors referred to in his press release of 13 April 1973, (a) by which department or other authority were they (i) discovered, (ii) recovered and (iii) cleaned or otherwise restored, (b) what process or procedure was used in their restoration and (c) who has possession of them now.


Mr Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   (i) and (ii) The 'Endeavour' anchor was located and recovered by a private expedition led by Mr

David Hume of Melbourne. The two anchors from Matthew Flinders' ship 'Investigator' were located by an expedition from the Underwater Explorers' Club of South Australia and recovery was carried out by this expedition and by the Commonwealth Lighthouse vessel 'Cape Don'.

(iii)   The 'Endeavour' anchor is being restored at the Defence Standards Laboratory in Melbourne. The Investigator' anchors are currently being restored at the Western Australian Museum Conservation Laboratory in Fremantle.

(b)   Restoration processes involving the wrought iron anchors include - radiographic examination, removal of the encrustations, products of corrosion and the chloride by mechanical, chemical and/or electrolytic methods, followed by thorough washing and drying and the surfaces sealed with a suitable coating.

(c)   The anchors are being restored in Melbourne and Fremantle on behalf of the Australian Government.

Ship Wrecks off Australian Coast (Question No. 502)


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Have any items similar to Cook's guns and Cook's and Hinders' anchors been discovered.

(2)   If so, what are the items, and who has possession of them in each case.


Mr Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Some hundreds of vessels have been wrecked off the Australian coast Anchors or other items have been recovered from many of them. Such items are in the possession of the Australian Government, State Governments, Australian cities and towns and are displayed in museums or elsewhere. An indeterminate number of items are in the possession of private individuals and Historical Societies.







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