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Bruce Stannard AM has had a life-long association with maritime heritage and has a special knowledge of the ships of the mid-nineteenth century. 

Bruce is also a passionate advocate for the recognition and preservation of the marine environment and is currently focussed on highlighting the plight of the Wandering Albatross.

In 1997 Bruce was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia for his work in preserving Australia’s maritime heritage.  Bruce has also been awarded a Knighthood by the King of Norway, Norway's highest civil honour.













Bruce is a Life Member of the Australian National Maritime Museum.  As a Member of the inaugural Council (the governing body) of the Museum and serving as a Council Member for a total of 10 years, Bruce he secured for the Museum, Norway’s Bicentennial Gift to the people of Australia - the gaff-rigged ketch Kathleen Gillett, and New Zealand’s Bicentennial Gift -the gaff-cutter Akarana.  He also conceived the idea for the Endeavour Replica and was instrumental in raising much of the $17 million for Endeavour’s construction.


In 1982 Bruce was the first Australian journalist to be awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. 


Bruce Stannard is the author of 16 books, including the biographies of the marine artist Jack Earl, the designer of Australia II Ben Lexcen, and the US America's Cup skipper Dennis Conner, together with the titles Sparkling Sydney and Aboard Endeavour.


One of Bruce's best known books, the award-winning Bluewater Bushmen, was first published in 1981.  In 2004, Maritime Heritage Press (then The Heritage Press) reprinted a Limited Edition of the title.  Details may be viewed here


Bruce Stannard is also a regular contributor to Afloat Magazine and the US publication Wooden Boat.  To contact Bruce please use the email link below.








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