Welcome to the WMA

The Williamstown Maritime Association (WMA) is a not-for-profit body that was set up to establish a working maritime precinct, Seaworks, on the old Port of Melbourne Authority site in Melbourne’s historic port of Williamstown.

The WMA established the famous Pirates Tavern in 2003 when a small band of maritime enthusiasts from the Shenandoah Society met to discuss holding a wooden boat show at the site.

With Parks Victoria approval, a massive volunteer clean-up effort took pace. The first Boat Show took place in early 2004 under the leadership of Leigh Goodall.

Then-Premier Steve Bracks gave his endorsement to the event, and encouraged Parks Victoria to work with the WMA. A second Boat Show followed in 2005, for which the WMA transformed a derelict shed into the fully licensed Pirates Tavern, built entirely by volunteers. Over one hundred thousand dollars  had been raised for improving the site.

The WMA has proven itself to be a unique community asset, locally as well as to Melbourne itself.

The Seaworks Foundation was initiated by the WMA to oversee management and development of the site, and the WMA works closely with the Foundation.

To this day the WMA still promotes the vision set out a decade ago for the development of the site. Our aims and objectives are as relevant today as they were then.


WMA Executive 2019-2020

  • Maurice Boyd President

    Maurice has been an active member since 2012. He has taken on the role of Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee that oversights all financial aspects of the WMA in particular the Pirates Tavern. He is also an active member of the Williamstown Historical Society in the capacity of Treasurer and Treasurer of the Western Suburbs Badminton Association. Maurice has a wealth of experience in various Management and Consulting roles in private and government organisations.

  • Peter Camilleri (Cammo) Vice President

    Peter has been a Pirates Tavern member since 2013. He has a 30 year Sales & Marketing background within the civil & commercial building industry. Peter also holds the position of Social Secretary for the FX FJ Holden Club and you will often see his old black Holden FX Ute down at Seaworks.

  • Sam Tannahill Treasurer

    I have lived in Willy for past 30 years, & have been active in a few community groups (Historical Society, Friends of Willy Cemetery). Currently Work in Anti money Laundering in the public sector, 20 years payroll and Hr, internal audit background

  • Marjorie Baird Secretary

    Marj has been a WMA member since 2008 and has been a long-time supporter and volunteer with our association. Marj has a wealth of retail and customer experience having worked and lived in the Williamstown area for many years. She is well known in the community and brings much needed skills to assist events at the site.

  • Wendy Pelns Manager

    Wendy is an asset to the management of the Pirates Tavern with her vast experience in the hospitality industry. Wendy advises on the best practices and makes suggestions for improvement for the Tavern, which benefits from her experience, enthusiasm and commitment. Wendy also runs the Functions, and the many testaments from extremely satisfied clients is proof of her dedication

  • David Baird Team Member

    David has been a WMA member since 2008 and his love of music has seen him become our co-ordinator for the bands that play at the Tavern. As well David is an accomplished classic guitar player and has recently had great success after teaming up with Patsy Toop to form the duo The Long and Short of It. David is a member of the Williamstown Sailing Club, a keen fisherman and is passionate about preserving our maritime history.

  • Mark Heaton Team Member

    Mark is a qualified motor mechanic and chemical plant operator.  Mark ran his own mechanical repair business for a number of years and has a Master technician grading with the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers.

  • Norm Colling Team Member

    Norm is only new to Williamstown since 2016 and soon went to The Pirates Tavern where he joined the first night and has been a regular ever since.  When he is not there he can be found at his day job as a Carpentry TAFE teacher

  • Richard Michelson Team Member

    Richard has 40 years’ experience in automotive service and fixed operations in a managerial position.  Several years as chairman of Mazda service managers committee.  Richard has had his own Bridgestone business for the past four years.

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