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Material relating to the Cerberus Preservation Trust

Date: 1970 - 1972
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from McIlwraith McEacharn Limited
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0878

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    Description
    This archive collection is comprised of documents dating from 1970 to 1972 regarding the establishment and management of the Cerberus Preservation Trust - dedicated to saving the remains of the monitor HMCS / HMVS / HMAS CERBERUS from the Victorian Naval Brigade. It includes circulars, letters, meeting and financial records, newspaper clippings, memorandums, a report, list, submission, brochure and agenda.
    SignificanceThis archive collection hightlights the public interest in preserving the remains of the CERBERUS, with the formation of the Cerberus Preservation Trust - later the Maritime Trust of Australia - in 1971. The organisation aimed at raising the wrecked CERBERUS and towing it to a dry dock for restoration, but was unsuccessful in raising funds.
    HistoryThe CERBERUS was ordered in 1868 by the Colony of Victoria in pre-federation Australia to provide naval protection for Port Phillip. CERBERUS was the first major warship to rely on steam propulsion alone, and had her turrets raised on an armoured breastwork to improve her sea-keeping ability. The vessel arrived in Port Phillip in 1871 and never left, becoming the longest serving colonial warship. Sold for scrap in 1925, she was sunk as a breakwater in the bay in 1926.

    The world wide significance of CERBERUS in the development of naval architecture and the conduct of naval warface was recognised in 2005, when it was included in the Australian National Heritage List.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Material relating to the Cerberus Preservation Trust

    Primary title: MATERIAL DOCUMENTING THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF THE CERBERUS PRESERVATION TRUST, FROM THE COLLECTION OF MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN

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