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Hidden Museum - HMAS Castlemaine

Gem Pier, Williamstown

Tel: (03) 9397 2363

Open Weekends and Public Holidays (except on days of extreme heat – over 36°C) 
Entry costs Adults $8, Children 4 – 16 years $4, Families 2A2C $20, Children under 4 FREE.

One of 60 'BATHURST' Class vessels constructed in Australia HMAS CASTLEMAINE was built at Williamstown and launched on 7th August 1941.

Built primarily as minesweepers, the BATHURST Class ships performed armed escort duties, troop landings & resupply and engaged in anti-submarine warfare. Armed with anti-aircraft guns, depth charges and a QF-4 Inch deck gun CASTLEMAINE operated with a crew ranging from 70 to 100 and was officially designated an "Australian Mine Sweeper".

HMAS CASTLEMAINE saw service in the Pacific & Indian Oceans, the China Sea and northern Australian waters. She sustained minor damage in numerous enemy actions and at the end of the war was dispatched to Hong Kong to participate in the Japanese surrender.

Lovingly restored and cared for by dedicated volunteers CASTLEMAINE is a monument to the courage of hundreds of young men who served on her and many other vessels of her type in the defence of the nation during World War 2.

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