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Cockatoo Island Dockyard: A Guide to the Records


Cockatoo Island Dockyard: A Guide to the Records

Margaret Chambers

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This guide is number 13 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

For over 100 years Cockatoo Island was one of the busiest places in Sydney Harbour. Thousands of people worked at the dockyard and contributed their skills to the vessels that were built or refitted there. This comprehensive guide describes the records of that long period of activity, including the dockyard's history, facilities, ships, aircraft and fast boats. It also covers docking and launching records, photographs and publications. For those interested in the history and development of Australian ship building, this guide opens the way to a treasure trove of design and engineering information.

Margaret Chambers has an MA in History from the University of Melbourne. She worked for 11 years in the National Archives of Australia offices in Sydney and Melbourne and, in 1990, was seconded to the Australian Maritime Museum to establish an archives section. In 1991 she moved to the Department of Defence to manage the arrangement and description of the Cockatoo Island Dockyard records. She subsequently returned to the National Archives where she compiled Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists. She also co-authored the National Archives research guide Sound Recordings in the National Archives.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000

First published 2000
First published online 2000

ISSN 1442-8245
ISBN 0 642 34418 3

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

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