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Shipyard Stories: The Maritime History of Cockatoo Island (Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, TAFE Students)

On Demand

Take a brief journey through history, with a real-deal story teller, having worked as one of the shipyards draftsman & the final CEO.


Cockatoo Island has a remarkable history as a shipbuilding and ship repair facility, contributing significantly to the nation’s maritime affairs between 1857 and 1991.

Join John Jeremy as he leads viewers on a journey through 134 years of maritime history at Cockatoo Island and offers his personal reflections.

First visiting the Island in Nov 1958 as a young school boy he couldn’t have imaged that on 4 Jan 1960 he would start work there as an apprenticeship draftsman. Studying and working his way up to becoming the final CEO of Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd.

Find out:
• Why Cockatoo Island was chosen as the location of a shipyard?
• What legacy did Cockatoo Island leave for Australia?
• What made the Dockyard such a special place to work?
• Are there remnants on the Island today?


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Harbour Trust


John Jeremy: From apprenticeship draftsman to becoming the final CEO of Cockatoo Dockyard Pty Ltd.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Dec-2027 11:30PM)

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


8 Minutes




Primary, Secondary

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

HSIE » History » Australian History: Colonials and National (Stage 3 - Year 5 and 6)

Other KLAs

HSIE » History

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More Information About This Event

Cockatoo Island has an important place in Australia’s maritime history, commencing with the construction of a dry dock in 1857.

The island was used for shipbuilding from 1870 and, in 1913, became the official dockyard of the Royal Australian Navy. During World War I, the island’s dockyard facilities were expanded to facilitate increased naval activity and during World War II, the dockyard was the main ship repair facility in the Southwest pacific. During the dockyard’s final 20 years of operation, its principal role was the refit and maintenance of submarines.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Harbour Trust Team

Phone: 02 8969 2100

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/

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