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Early Queensland Maritime History

March 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – $10

The coast of Queensland was the world’s last major coastline to be explored. The earliest European discoveries are examined and how these were received by the major powers of the day. Following settlement in Port Jackson in 1788, great interest was shown in what lay to the north and this opened a new era in maritime exploration. The types of ships and crews involved are examined, ranging from the earliest type of sailing ship to the arrival of steam in the ships of the Queensland Marine Defence Force in 1884.

Harvey Greenfield is a retired Barrister at Law and Corporate Counsel. Born and educated in Brisbane, he has a great interest in history, particularly naval and maritime. From the age of 13 he has been associated with matters maritime starting with the naval cadets and continuing in The Royal Australian Naval Reserve and in water sports. He is presently an active yachtsman in the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. He has given major addresses and papers on maritime matters particularly naval history, customs and traditions including ships’ heraldry. His specialist areas of history are maritime discovery and exploration and the global strategy of sea power. He is President of the Navy League of Australia, Queensland Division.

This event is free for members of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland. For non-members, the ticket price includes entry to the Commissariat Store Museum.

Please note that we are complying with the Queensland Government’s public health and social measures. This means that anyone who is vaccinated is welcome to enter the museum so long as they:

  • Provide a copy of their vaccination certificate, either on their phone or on paper
  • Have a valid medical exemption certificate if unvaccinated
  • Check in with the Check In Qld app

Anyone who is unvaccinated will be asked to leave.


March 9
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – $10
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The Royal Historical Society of Queensland


Commissariat Store Museum
115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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