Wednesday, 30th March 2022

Bringing the Gellibrand Pile Light to Life

Seaworks was successful in the grant application for – Restoration, interpretive signage and an interactive panoramic overlay for the Gellibrand Pile Light.

Each year, the Australian National Maritime Museum supports Australia’s extensive network of regional museums and organisations, preserving the national maritime legacy, through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS). Funding is awarded to assist these groups in the collection, conservation and display of objects of historical national maritime significance.

Of all the iconic structures that Williamstown’s history has produced, the Gellibrand Pile Light must be the most cherished and best known. Not only by seafarers, for whom it had a special significance, but by the thousands of residents and tourists”, said Glenn Jones, Seaworks Executive Officer.

In 2019 the Gellibrand Pile Light was gifted to Seaworks from the National Trust Victoria and returned to the people of Williamstown. This grant will enable Seaworks to ensure the story of this icon structure will be enjoyed for generations to come. The 3D model will show what the Pile Light looked like before it was destroyed by fire, while the interpretive signage will tell the amazing history of the light.

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance. It also supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections. Many cultural institutions around the country care for maritime items of historical and national significance. The Australian National Maritime Museum (the Museum) supports and encourages efforts to conserve and display unique local objects for today’s audiences and future generations. Funding is provided by the Australian Government and the Museum.

“The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.”