The preservation of surf life saving togs is just one of the great projects we support.

28 February 2022

Great artefacts, like march past swimwear worn by our early life savers from the Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club, give us a glimpse into our past.

Their stories are brought to life through support from the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS).

Through this scheme, the Australian National Maritime Museum supports regional museums and organisations preserve our maritime legacy.

In this round, over $150,000 has been granted to fund 5 internships and 23 projects ranging from the physical restoration of vessels to educational programs and exhibitions.

These grants include funding for: the restoration of a milk and cream delivery boat—the 'Sunlight', which was a common sight on the Manning River in the 1930s, the next stage of the development of a website for submarine enthusiasts which involves identifying relevant online collections relating to the service of Australians in submarines of the Royal Australian Navy; and the conservation and storage of iconic Bondi swimwear—a precursor to today's budgie smugglers.

Preserving our maritime heritage provides a significant opportunity for Australians to reflect on our history and how we interact with the sea and inland waterways, as well as the environment.

The scheme provides grants of up to $15,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help display and conserve objects of national and historical maritime significance and up to $3,000 for internships to develop professional networks and skills.

To find out more about the recipients and when the next funding round opens, visit the Australian National Maritime Museum's website.

Story image courtesy of Bondi Surf Bather Life Saving Club from the Textile Collection Conservation project: swimming and competition march past costume from the 1950s.