The wreck of the Mermaid, Philip Parker King’s survey vessel.
Expedition led by National Maritime Museum archaeologists.

The Silentworld Foundation was founded with the purpose of supporting maritime archaeology in Australia, especially relative to pre-colonial and early colonial history.

From these early beginnings the Foundation’s objectives have expanded to include humanitarian and philanthropic assistance to remote communities, especially in the Pacific Islands.


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Latest Fieldwork- Ashmore Reef

Ashmore Reef is thought to be the resting place of a number of shipwrecks lost in the early to middle of the 19th century. One such shipwreck was located by the Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Benalla when it was surveying the northern section o  Continue Reading »


Latest Acquisition- Major Taylor

RAEBURN, Henry, [1756–1823].  School of… Portrait in oils of Brigade-Major Taylor on the hill above San Sebastian. Oil portrait on canvas, 125.5 x 98.5 cm. Edinburgh, circa 1814. Major James Taylor [1785-1829] was one of Australia’s leading early  Continue Reading »


Upcoming Events- 2015/16 Fieldwork

Having missed the 2015-2016 weather window for our fieldwork in the Great Barrier Marine Park and Far North Queensland, we will be re-evaluating our upcoming fieldwork plans for 2016-2017. We are currently looking at developing several  projects which  Continue Reading »