About Us

Matterson Marine Pty Ltd is a family owned company based in Brisbane, Queensland and was formed in 1999 by Richard and Allison Matterson.

Richard holds a Marine Master Class IV and Australian 2nd Mates Certificate of Competency amongst his qualifications and has been involved in ships and boats since a very young age growing up on the banks of the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania. He has served with the Royal Australian Navy (1988-1996), and worked for Blue Star Line and Sydney Ferries prior to opening Matterson Marine Pty Ltd using the 34' yacht 'Illusion' for sail training on Sydney Harbour.

An Australian Yachting Federation qualified Offshore Yachtmaster, Richard has extensive small boat sailing experience, including the bluewater classic Sydney-Hobart and many other offshore yacht races. Richard is heavily involved in business management and training and in November 2002 was elected to the board of The Australian Wine Society Co-operative Limited.

Allison was raised in the small town of Bigga, in country New South Wales, and is a registered nurse who manages to work, look after two small children, act as Company Secretary and Director for Matterson Marine Pty Ltd, whilst still maintaining her sense of humour. She and Richard were married in 1992 and have two children, William and Rachel.

In 2001 Richard and Allison moved from Sydney to Brisbane and began to expand their business interests including Queensland Marine Training Services and Brisbane Barge Services.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to security restrictions imposed 1 July 2004 some of the areas listed below may no longer be accessible.

Port of Sydney, NSW
- Port Botany - Moulineaux Point, Henry Head or Bare Island.
- Port Jackson - Dawes Point, Milson's Point, North Head and Bradley's Head are all very accessible.
- The Manly Ferry or Jetcat are great if you know the ETA of a ship.

Port Kembla (Wollongong) , NSW
- Either breakwater is ideal for close-ups of ships entering or departing (Southern for AM, Northern for PM).

Port of Newcastle, NSW
- Alongside the boat ramp or the cadet unit on the southern side of the harbour.

Port of Brisbane, QLD
- From a barge or line handling boat is our preferred spot but you can always try:
- Luggage Point or Pinkenba boat ramp (Afternoon only).
- Whyte Island (Beside the tug base).

Port of Cairns, QLD
- The breakwater at Marlin Marina is a great vantage point, photography is best between 10am and 3pm.

Port of Gladstone, QLD
- On the water is ideal, but reasonable photo's of ships going to the top half of the port can be obtained from the area adjacent to Gladstone marina.

Port of Hobart, TAS
- Hobart is blessed with a long river and an abundance of sandy beaches and accessible headlands. Depending on the sun Nutgrove Beach at Sandy Bay with a long lens is my preference.

Port of Launceston / Bell Bay, TAS
- For the morning I go to Georgetown and sit near the monument at Windmill Point, in the afternoon the Western side of the river near Garden Island is ideal. There is easy access at a number of points on each side of the river.

Port of Devonport, TAS
- Again both sides of the river are easily accessed, the Eastern side for morning sun and the Spirit of Tasmania arrivals and the Western side for afternoon photography.

Port of Melbourne, VIC
- The only decent photographs I've got in Melbourne have been from a boat that runs between Southbank and Williamstown. A number of Melbourne photographers have suggested that on water is best, but also Gellibrand Point or some of the lower reaches of the Yarra River if you can't get onto the water.

- Hiring a boat for the Eastern and Western anchorages is always best but if you are stuck on land try:
- Kusu Island (Great for ships passing through the Straits of Singapore)
- Sentosa Island (Western Anchorage)


Lloyds Register of Ships
Combat Fleets of the World
Ferries of Sydney (Graeme Andrews)
Ocean Ships (David Hornsby)
Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society
Ships Monthly Magazine
Shipping Yesterday & Today Magazine
The Log - Nautical Association of Australia
Shipping Information Service


The Boating Bible (Jim Murrant)
Small Ships Manual (Queensland Department of Transport)
Admiralty Manual of Seamanship
Admiralty Manual of Navigation
Australian Boating Manual (Captain Dick Gandy)


Camera: Pentax MZ-60 / Pentax MZ-50
Film: Kodak ISO 100 36 exposure preferred
Tripod: occasionally
Scanner: marine band VHF
Computer: HP pavilion mx70 running Windows xp
Scanner: HP psc 2210 all-in-one