Bass Strait Maritime Centre collection EOI for valuation

Devonport City Council Tasmania

Devonport City Council invites expressions of interest (EOI) from individuals or organisations to undertake a complete valuation of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s maritime and local history collections.  

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff said the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s collection includes more than 3,000 objects and about 15,000 photographic negatives, acquired since1973.  

Cr Rockliff said it’s been almost 10 years since Council established the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, which is why a full evaluation of the collection is needed.

The last valuation was done in 2004 of 112 significant items, which were valued at about $700,000.

Cr Rockliff said Council expected the latest valuation would be much higher, given the collection has grown in the last 17 years.

“This is a great collection of Devonport’s maritime history and Council looks forward to finding the right person to value this important piece of our history,” Cr Rockliff said.

“The Bass Strait Maritime Centre is one of Devonport’s significant cultural facilities, and over the years many pieces of its collections have been donated by families with links to our city’s maritime history.

“Council is keen to find the right valuer that can provide a valuation of the entire collection or can manage the valuation and sub-contracting segments of the collection.”

A detailed collection summary can be found here and EOIs close on Friday, 9 April 2021.

Valuers will have access to the catalogue of works, including digital and hardcopy records pertaining to maker, history, materials, date or period, scale, provenance, and condition.

On-site visitation is recommended and should be considered as part of a submission. The Bass Strait Maritime Centre will provide staff to assist the audit and valuation where possible.

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre is located at 6 Gloucester Avenue, Devonport, Tasmania.

Please address your submission to: 

Geoffrey Dobson 

Convention and Arts Centre Director 

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