Refer "A Review of the Museums and Historical Collections of the Royal Australian Navy - 1997".
was the first published overall general survey concerning historic holdings
of the RAN. Its conclusions support the 'in principle' decision of the
Navy League's Victoria Division and Federal Council that a National
Naval Museum should be established.
Australia's Naval & M<aritime museums are now centred in Sydney, largely with Federal Government support although the HMAS Naval Heritage museum is an exception and is now being supported by the Naval Heritage Collection in Sydney.
Victoria, was the Australian Navy's birthplace from 1856 when HMVCS Victoria arrived to the forming of the foundation fleet on 1st Matrch 1901 and Williamstown naval Depot being the centre of Naval training up until 1921 when Flinders Naval Depot was built. It was Victoria that ensured the foundation fleet was supported in the first decade of federation and where Navy Office was located up until 1959.
This history cannot be overlooked when deciding where to locate and support Naval museums, for Victoria was the base form which it began.