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.
In 1982 Bruce was the first
Australian journalist to be awarded a Nieman
Fellowship to Harvard University.
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 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.
Bruce was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia for his work in
preserving Australia’s maritime heritage.
has also been awarded a Knighthood by the King of Norway, Norway's highest
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.
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
the US publication Wooden Boat.
contact Bruce please use the email link below. To view the photograph at left please click on the ? symbol until the error can be corrected.