Williamstown Maritime Association

In 2003, a small band of maritime enthusiasts from the Shenandoah Society met to discuss holding a wooden boat show at the site. Parks Victoria agreed and after a massive volunteer clean-up effort, the first Boat Show took place in early 2004. The Williamstown Maritime Association was set up after that very successful event, with the vision of creating a working maritime precinct on the site.

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. Numerous events later (see Achievements page), the WMA has proven itself to be a unique community asset, locally as well as to Melbourne itself.

WMA Executive 2017-2018

President: Maurice Boyd

MauriceX 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 has developed new reporting processes to enable analysis of the operations. He is also an active member of the Williamstown Historical Society in the capacity of Treasurer. Maurice has a wealth of experience in various Management and Consulting roles in private and government organisations.

Vice President: Peter Camilleri (Cammo)

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.

Secretary: Marjorie Baird

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 with membership and events at the site.

Treasurer: Samantha Tannahill

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WMA Committee Members 2017-2018

David Baird

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.

Andrew Cohen

Andrew has a long history of working in the electronics industry after six years in the RAAF. He is now in the Renewable Energy industry where he assists companies reduce their energy consumption of gas, electricity, water and waste products. His passion is maritime heritage and the restoration of all types of wooden boats and ships. He has been involved with organising many wooden boat festivals around Australia and currently owns four wooden boats. He is VP and Treasurer of the Wooden Boat Association, VP of the Alma Doepel Supporters Club and an active supporter of Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre.

Janis Brooks

Janis is a Newport resident and a long time member of the WMA, and has also been actively involved with the Williamstown Lifesaving Club for many years. Janis has worked tirelessly to assist the staff in promoting the venue and assisting with events, along with ensuring the quality of service we enjoy is maintained.

Penny Lloyd

PennyLloyd1Penny Lloyd joined the committee in 2015. Penny has had years of experience in administration and Management. She has her Food Safety Supervisors Certificate and has her own small catering business.

Tavern Manager

Wendy Pelns

Wendy PelnsWendy 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.