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Your $30 pa membership of the Friends supports the Paul Mcguire Maritime Library Collection in the State Library of South Australia.

Included are 6 issues of the newsletter, The Traverse Board, and other notices concerning the Friends.

There are three ways to join or to pay your membership:

  • In person to the Treasurer at one of our meetings
  • By post to
The Treasurer
The Friends of the Paul McGuire Maritime Library Inc
2 Quigley Court
Aberfoyle Park 5159
  • By bank transfer:

Peoples Choice Credit Union
Account 805-050 61338546
Friends McGuire

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A membership form can be found here.

Hi, my name is Travis Rowe

I went on the One and All from Ceduna to Port Adelaide on the 1st to the 5th of October 2017.   I would like to thank you for letting me have the opportunity to sail on the One and All.

It was a great experience for me and I have taken a lot of things out of this trip.

The trip was amazing.   I met a lot of new friends and we are hoping to catch up with each other soon.

The most memorable moment that I had on the boat was when I was asked to go and help the deck crew tie the sails to the yards so they didn't flap around.   I learnt a lot of things about the sail boat such as how it works, how to coil the ropes, how to haul and ease the ropes and sails.

We also were able to steer to boat while on our shift.   Our shift went for 4 hours and if the next group was not on time they would have to sing nursery rhymes in front of the crew and our group.

We were the only group that was on time every time so we didn't have to sing any nursery rhymes.

Once again I would like to thank you and the people that made this opportunity possible for me. I wish you all the best with everything and hope to see you soon.

Leon at the wheel

After running late for the departure of the “One and All” trip on May 17 from Port Adelaide , Leon finally made it onboard with just enough time to jump onto the ship after a quick goodbye to his mother and his Community Mentor Vince. He was sorry that he didn’t get a chance to say thank you to Julian Murray and Neil Waller who had waited patiently to see him off. Leon has expressed to me his thanks and hopes that he didn’t have you both (Julian and Neil) to worried that he wouldn’t show up!

Leon said that having the experience on the One and All allowed him to grow as a person. He made new friends, experienced some difficulties and managed to overcome them as well.

On this trip I learnt many useful skills including team work and team building skills. It was beautiful out there on the ocean and I felt I developed new confidences. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Friends of the Paul McGuire Maritime Library who had a hand in sponsoring me for this trip. I am truly grateful and the experience and memories will be things I will remember for life.

Leon Kitek and Heidi Unferdorben, Local Community Mentor Coordinator, Department of Education and Children’s Services.


Avalon spoke about her adventures at a meeting of the Friends on 30th May, 2011.   Here are some photos of that event and Avalon aboard the One And All.

On the 12th of April – 16th of April 2010 I embarked on the trip of a lifetime.
I received a scholarship from friends of the Paul McGuire Maritime Library to sail on the One and All sailing ship.
The One & All is a tall ship that carted grain through the bight.
We sailed from Wallaroo to Port Vincent, stopping at Emu Bay.
On the ship we helped with general running of the ship until we learnt the ropes.
On the Wednesday the students were handed the boat to sail ourselves.Our supervisors had taught us enough, and trusted us enough to navigate and sail to Port Vincent ourselves.
And we did so perfectly.
Whilst on the One & All I made some wonderful new friends and I will never forget the amazing time I had.
I would like to thank the friends of Paul McGuire Maritime Library, Community Mentoring – Inner North and Gepps Cross Girls High School for this opportunity, it was truly amazing.
Jess Francis
Year 10 
Gepps Cross Girls High School