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Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation

As the fundraising arm of the museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation is overseen by a Board chaired by Mr John Mullen. The past year has seen some considerable achievements, with $668,000 donated in 2018–19.

Migration Heritage Fund

The Migration Heritage Fund was established to protect, strengthen and support the museum’s important work in the area of migration. The museum’s Welcome Wall also celebrated its 20th anniversary and a mailout was conducted as the second fundraising campaign for the year. Thirty thousand families are represented on the Welcome Wall. As well as vital funds being raised, more than 134 donations were received with $50 being the average.

A new membership group, the Captain’s Circle, was launched to provide vital support for the preservation and promotion of Australia’s rich maritime heritage. Captain’s Circle members contribute $3,000, or annual instalments of $1,000 for three years. Members receive unique opportunities, invitations to VIP events, harbour cruises on heritage vessels and access to behind-the-scenes tours of our collections. This exclusive group quickly grew to 20 during the year with raised and pledged funds totalling almost $40,000. A highlight was an event hosted by John and Jacqui Mullen of Silentworld Foundation aboard their superyacht MY Silentworld.

American Friends

The American Friends of the Australian National Maritime Museum met on 26 March 2019. In April its chairman, the Hon Peter Collins, and the ANMM Director, Kevin Sumption PSM, travelled to New York and attended a luncheon held by the Consul-General of Australia to New York, the Honourable Alastair Walton, and his wife, Ms Berry Fanning, to introduce prospective supporters to the American Friends. Francesca Beale, who attended the luncheon, presented a cheque for AUD $11,945. Mrs Beale’s father, Lieutenant Commander McCartney RANVR, served on HMAS Hobart.


On 7 August 2018 the Governor-General hosted a dinner to acknowledge and thank donors who supported the Find AE1 campaign. AE1 was the first submarine commissioned into the fledgling Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and became the navy’s first wartime loss when it mysteriously disappeared with all hands off Papua New Guinea in the opening months of World War I. The 49 guests who attended the dinner included Mr Kerry Stokes AC, Ms Catherine Livingstone AM, Ms Penny Fowler, Mr Arthur Tzaneros and Mr Terry Tzaneros, Mr Paul Seaton, Mr Christian Johnston, Mr Alan Joyce AC, Mr Warren King, Mr Michael Burn, Mr Greg Levy and Mr Rob Sindel.

At the reception, the Governor-General spoke about the tragedy of HMAS AE1 and the importance of finding the vessel’s final resting place. Mr Mullen was presented with a replica of the axe used to cut the rope at the 1913 launch of HMAS AE1 and HMAS AE2 for his efforts in acquiring the funding. The then Minister for Communications and the Arts, the Hon Mitch Fifield, and Mr Mullen hosted the formal dinner that followed. Seventeen individuals and major corporations contributed close to $500,000, making possible the successful search for Australia’s first submarine. Speeches on the night included that of Mrs Vera Ryan, who spoke for the descendants of the 35 men who lost their lives on the vessel. The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra played at this moving event.

SY Ena

In May 2019, the magnificent Steam Yacht (SY) Ena returned to the museum’s fleet after mechanical repairs. Thanks to a generous $50,000 donation from the David and Jennie Sutherland Foundation, Ena is receiving the regular maintenance and support needed to keep it in condition. This year Ena was a feature in the Transport Heritage Steam Festival in May and delighted 60 people who enjoyed high tea on Mother’s Day. Ena also provides a spectacular event venue for visiting dignitaries.

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board met four times during the year. There were no changes to the Board. Dr Kimberley Webber resigned as Foundation Manager and Marisa Chilcott was appointed in March.

Board meeting dates

20 August 2018
30 November 2018
5 March 2019
3 June 2019

List of directors and number of meetings attended
John Mullen 4
Daniel Janes 3
Jeff McMullen AM 4
Rob Mundle OAM 3
Arlene Tansey 3
Peter Dexter AM 4
Kevin Sumption PSM 4

Board Members*

Rob Mundle OAM

Rob Mundle is the author of 16 sailing and maritime-history related books (including a biography of Bob Oatley and the international bestseller Fatal Storm). Seven of his other titles have been national bestsellers.

Mr Mundle has been a journalist for more than 50 years. In that time he has reported on seven America’s Cup matches, four Olympics and more than 50 Sydney to Hobart races. He has competed in the Sydney to Hobart race three times, won local, state and Australian sailing championships and contested major international offshore events.

Mr Mundle is currently the media manager for the Wild Oats XI Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race campaign and an organiser of Australia’s largest keelboat regatta and a founder and promoter of Hamilton Island Race Week. He was also the founder of the acclaimed Hayman Island Big Boat Series.

He has been an Ambassador for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation and is the only Australian member of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Between 2010 and 2012 he was the Commodore of Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. His previous association with the ANMM was as a director of the museum’s Foundation from 2001–13.

Daniel Janes

Daniel Janes is a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, having previously held senior positions at Barclays and ABN AMRO. He was most recently Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Barclays in Australia, where he established the bank’s corporate finance and M&A teams.

During his 20-year investment-banking career in London, New York and Sydney, Daniel Janes has advised and led, on behalf of clients, a wide range of high-profile transactions. These have involved many of Australia’s landmark transactions, including over $120BN successful M&A transactions and over $60BN of capital markets transactions. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales.

Daniel Janes has studied maritime history and has maintained an avid interest in the subject.

Jeff McMullen AM

A journalist, author and filmmaker for 50 years, Jeff McMullen’s work includes many decades as a foreign correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, reporting for Four Corners and 60 Minutes, as the interviewer and anchor of the 33-part ABC-TV series Difference of Opinion, and host of televised forums on the National Indigenous Television Network. Throughout his professional life, he has written, filmed and campaigned around the world to improve the health, education and human rights of Indigenous people.

* Biographies for Peter Dexter, John Mullen, Kevin Sumption and Arlene Tansey can be found in ANMM Council.