Journal of Maritime Archaeology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 191–203 | Cite as

Thirty Years of Managing the Wreck of the Historic Australian Colonial-Built Schooner Clarence (1841–1850): From Ineffective to Pro-active Management

  • Peter Harvey
  • Debra ShefiEmail author
Original Paper


Since its discovery in the early 1980s, the nineteenth-century Australian colonial-built schooner Clarence has undergone more extensive research and investigation than any other historic vessel located within Victoria’s jurisdictional waters. Although early managerial approaches were well intentioned, those in-situ preservation methods employed proved ineffective and in some circumstances had an adverse effect, resulting in a significant loss of the archaeological integrity in a short 30-year period. As such, this paper outlines the knowledge gained due to both managerial successes and failures over the last 30 years, discusses the long-term applications of the applied methodologies and highlights the importance of environmental assessments, ongoing active management and the application of pro-active in-situ preservation methods.


In-situ preservation Underwater cultural heritage Heritage management Environmental assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maritime Heritage Unit, Department of Transport, Planning, Local and InfrastructureHeritage VictoriaMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts, School of Social SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Archaeology, School of Humanities and Creative ArtsFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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