The Register of Australian and New Zealand Ships and Boats

Builder's plates

This page shows examples of plates fitted by Australian and New Zealand Ship and Boat builders. Some of these are small, some are large. However, all are an expression of pride by the builders in the product of their labour. After handover, the builder's plate was sometimes kept highly polished, sometimes it was left to go green with neglect. Nowadays, a builder's plate may be the only tangible reminder of a ship or boat long gone.

This great photo of a sailor polishing the HMAS Arunta's builder's plate with pride is part of the Australian War Memorial Naval Historical Collection ID No.300200.




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Adelaide Ship Construction Ltd

Birkenhead, SA

Left: South Australian Maritime Museum





F. N. Allsopp

Kogarah, Sydney, NSW



Alkira Boatshed

Toronto, Lake Macquarie, NSW




Australian Defence Industries Ltd

Garden Island, Sydney, NSW





Australian Marine Engineering Consolidated

Williamstown, Melbourne, Vic





Charles Bailey jnr

Auckland, NZ



Edward Richard (Ted) Bailey

Wellington, NZ





M. Boorman

Alexanders Boat Shed,
Dolan's Bay,
Port Hacking, NSW

Note LB7051 is probably a phone number








Broken Hill Pty Coy Ltd

Whyalla, SA

South Australian Maritime Museum







Douglas Brooker Custom Yachts

Manly Vale and Dee Why , Sydney, NSW








J. C. Bull

Gippsland Lakes







Carrington Slipways Pty Ltd

Tomago, NSW







John Castle







Cayzer Bros & Sons

Queenscliff, Vic







J. W.Clark

Brisbane, Qld

RAN Heritage Centre,
Garden Island








Clausen Craft J.P.Clausen & Sons

Largs Bay, SA







Cockatoo Docks & Engineering Co Pty Ltd

Sydney, NSW







Collings and Bell

Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ







Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd

Green Point Naval Boatyard, Sydney, NSW







Crowley, C.E.

McConnell Street, Bulimba, Brisbane, Qld

Courtesy: John Stapleton







Evans Deakin & Co Ltd

Brisbane, Qld

South Australian Maritime Museum







William Fisher

Putney, Sydney, NSW



Original plate

Replica plate by Wal and Chris McCadams



Frecheville Heaney

Paynesville, Vic







Ford Manufacturing Co

Geelong, Vic

Photo: Clive Paton

W. Goddard
& Sons

Palm Beach, NSW

Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd

Sydney, NSW



Kincaid, McQueen &Co

Vulcan Works, Dunedin





William Lloyd Holmes

McMahon's Point,
Sydney, NSW





Lane Motor Boat Co

Panmure, Auckland, NZ





Lewis Bros

Taren Point NSW





Logan Bros

Auckland, NZ




Maritime Services Board of NSW Goat Island Shipyard

Sydney, NSW





R.C. (Clem) Masters Boatbuilders Pty Ltd

Deagon, Brisbane, Qld




Millkraft Boatyard Pty Ltd

Bulimba, Brisbane, Qld





Hugh Morris

Hemmant, Brisbane, Qld


Mort's Dock & Engineering Co Ltd

Mort's Bay, Balmain, Sydney, NSW

Left: Australian National Maritime Museum

Right: South Australian Maritime Museum




Poole & Steel

Balmain, Sydney, NSW

South Australian Maritime Museum




L. Rossiter

Nailsworth, SA



Saunders Bros

Paremata, NZ





Seacraft Manufacturing Co

Mordialloc, Vic





Shevill Launch Company

Cooks River, NSW

Australian National Maritime Museum





Simes & Martin

Port Adelaide, SA

South Australian Maritime Museum





State Dockyard

Newcastle, NSW

Both: South Australian Maritime Museum




Sutton, Mason & Co Ltd

Mt. Roskill, Auckland, NZ


Tenix Defence Pty Ltd

Williamstown, Victoria





Transfield Defence Systems Pty Ltd

Williamstown, Vic

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Walkers Ltd

Maryborough, Qld

South Australian Maritime Museum





Walsh Island Dockyard

Newcastle, NSW

South West Rocks Maritime Museum


Watts & Wright




Whangarei Engineering Co Ltd


Wangarei, NZ





Whyalla Shipbuilding and Engineering Works

Whyalla, SA

South Australian Maritime Museum




A. G. Williams

St. George's Crescent, Drummoyne,
Sydney, NSW

Williams Drummoyne





Graeme (Bluey) Williams






H. Wood

Devonport, Tasmania





Norman R. Wright & Sons

Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland