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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 Daniel Janes.

The past year has seen some considerable achievements, with $233,985 raised, including over $177,000 in June. Cultural gifts valued at $113,000 were also added to the collection.

This year the Foundation agreed to invest $135,000 in museum priorities, including a major work for the upcoming Alick Tipoti retrospective Mariw Minaral (Spiritual Patterns) and another major project which will be announced in due course. The Foundation also underwrote fundraising for an additional three objects for the Tipoti exhibition and, to date, a second major work for the retrospective, Danagai Waaru (Blind Turtle), has been acquired with the support of the museum’s inaugural ambassador, Christine Sadler.

The Foundation also underwrote the innovative installation A Mile in My Shoes.

A Mile in My Shoes

With the support of the Foundation referred to above and a large number of donors, the museum will present A Mile in My Shoes, in partnership with the UK-based Empathy Museum, in January 2021. This installation will provide visitors with the opportunity to literally walk in the shoes of a migrant and listen to their story. The museum raised nearly $90,000 towards this project, including from the end-of year appeal, an online crowdfunding campaign, a major donation on behalf of the Kytherian Association and a grant from the City of Sydney. In-kind support from the project has also been secured from Melbourne Arts Centre, SBS and Muslim Times. The museum will continue fundraising in 2020 and has achieved unprecedented outreach to migrant and ethnic communities, with more than 300 organisations contacted so far.

Welcome Wall

After being closed for new registrations for more than 12 months, the Welcome Wall was reopened in September 2019. The 20-year-old computer system was improved and upgraded. Changes included online registration and additional space for families to outline and share their story. The 82nd panel of the Welcome Wall filled quickly, with 287 inscriptions added. An unveiling took place on 1 December 2019 with more than 1,000 in people attendance. $204,500 was donated during the financial year from the Welcome Wall registrations, which will be directed towards the museum’s Migration Heritage Fund to continue sharing the stories of people who started a new life in Australia.

Inaugural gala dinner

The inaugural gala dinner for the Foundation took place on 28 February 2020, at which 170 guests enjoyed drinks on the HMAS Vampire before proceeding to the Lighthouse Gallery to enjoy dinner curated by guest chef Giovanni Pilu and sustainable seafood donated by the Sydney Fish Markets. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra quartet’s music and speech by the Museum’s Chairman, Mr John Mullen AM, were highlights of the evening. The event raised more than $88,000 net for the Foundation.

MV Krait

A generous donation of $25,000 honouring Sgt Douglas Herps, Z Special Unit and Mrs Patricia Herps ensures that the astonishing historic events of MV Krait will be recounted to future generations. Our education team is producing a student pack detailing Krait’s daring wartime undercover operations through its involvement with Operation Jaywick by the Z Special Unit in World War II.

SY Ena

Thanks to a generous $75,000 donation from the David and Jennie Sutherland Foundation, Ena is receiving the regular maintenance and support needed to keep it in condition. The 120-year-old steam yacht is now in full survey and a new business plan will maximise the potential of this remarkable museum asset.

Dr David and Jennie Sutherland were made Ambassadors of the museum this year, as their total gifts to the Foundation now exceed more than $100,000.

American Friends

The American Friends of the Australian National Maritime Museum met on 2 April 2020. Chaired by the Hon Peter Collins, the group agreed to appoint Jill Viola to assist the organisation in maintaining US legislative requirements and promote fundraising initiatives based in the USA.

Governance and administration

The Board met four times this year: 19 August 2019, 18 November 2019, 30 March 2020 and 3 June 2020.

List of directors and number of meetings attended

Daniel Janes 4 (Board Member until appointed Chairman in August 2019)

John Mullen AM 4 (Chairman until August 2019; ex-officio Board Member)

Kevin Sumption PSM 3 (ex-officio Board Member)

Arlene Tansey 3

Peter Dexter AM 4

David Mathlin 2 (appointed December 2019)

Jeanne-Claude Strong 2 (appointed December 2019)

Tom O’Donnell 2 (appointed December 2019)

David Blackley 1 (appointed May 2020)

Jeff McMullen AM 0 (resigned August 2019)

Rob Mundle OAM 0 (resigned January 2020)

The Head of Fundraising and Development, Mr Malcolm Moir, left the Museum in May 2020, after which Paul McCarthy, Senior Executive Strategy and External Relations, again assumed day-to-day responsibility for management of the Foundation and supporting the Foundation Board.

Biographies of Foundation Board

Daniel Janes

Daniel Janes was appointed Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation on 17 August 2019. Mr Janes is the Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking Coverage (Australia) at Bank of America (formerly Bank of America Merrill Lynch), and previously held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Barclays and ABN AMRO. During his 20-year investment banking career in London, New York and Sydney, Dan 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. Dan has studied maritime history and has maintained an avid interest.

Peter Dexter AM

Peter Dexter AM retired from his executive role as Regional Director of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Oceania, in September 2005 to assume a range of non-executive appointments. Mr Dexter is a director of the Board of the Australian National Maritime Foundation and former Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum. He is a fellow (FAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by the King of Norway for his contribution to Norwegian/Australian business and his work during the Tampa crisis. He was named a member (AM) in the Order of Australia for services to the development of the shipping and maritime industries through leadership roles, to international relations and to the community in 2005.

David Blackley

David Blackley was inducted into the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015 for his achievements in the advertising industry over more than 30 years. He is a former Councillor of the Museum, Chairman of Clemenger BBDO and a member of the Worldwide Creative Board of BBDO New York, representing BBDO’s interests across Australia, New Zealand and Asia on that Board. Under his leadership, Clemenger BBDO won the Australian Agency of the Year award eight times. Mr Blackley has been involved with Brainwave Australia, a charity supporting children with neurological conditions, since its inception in 1994 and joined its board in 2008.

David Mathlin

David Mathlin is an avid sailor and has a strong interest in maritime history. He has served as the public company director of Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, as a director of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and is currently a member of the Chairman’s Council at the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Dr Jeanne-Claude Strong

Dr Jeanne-Claude Strong is a practising medical doctor and has been a non-executive director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research Foundation since 2011. She is also a competitive sailor with numerous wins to her name, including the Etchells Australasian Championship in 2015.

Tom O’Donnell

Tom O’Donnell has had a global career in private banking and is the CEO of TOD Advisory, a strategic investment company. He served on the Sydney Swans Centre Circle board for six-and-a-half years and has been a Taronga Zoo Foundation Board member since 2013.

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