Recent updates to the site.
Welcome everyone
If you are a regular visitor to my web site, this page is a quick reference source for any recent information which I have access to. The updated information[see below] will be dated and a link is available to the relevant sections of the web site.
As usual I would welcome any comments or contributions to continue improving and maintaining the best possible web site on this great ship.

Regards.

Ken Ironside.

21st. August 1998.

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The most recent update comes first

New on the 06-03-2017:
A selection of 20 photos taken by an ex-passenger during a Northbound voyage in 1975: Wayne Eddy's Picture Gallery


New on the 16-02-2017:
Ken Brewer and his family sailed on the Australis from Southampton in April 1973: Ken Brewer's Picture Gallery


New on the 09-09-2015:
Pictures from the Australis taken in late 1977: David Harman's Picture Gallery


New on the 29-03-2015:
Photos taken by an ex-crew member from 1976: Jackie Duckworth's (nee - MCKINLAY) Picture Gallery


New on the 05-02-2015:
These pictures were taken in 1972 by an ex-passenger: Jackie Wenham's Picture Gallery


New on the 31-05-2014:
A few photos from a southbound voyage in 1970: Del Parry's Picture Gallery


New on the 05-05-2014:
These pictures were taken on the ship in the late sixties: Peter Baunsgaard's Picture Gallery


New on the 14-04-2014:
View photos taken by an ex-crew member: Antonios Exintaris's Picture Gallery


New on the 07-04-2014:
Read about Glenn Martin's voyage Northbound, from 1974: Glenn Martin's Northbound Adventure in 1974


New on the 13-03-2014:
More photos from ex Master-at-Arms Tom Whyte, taken in the 1960's-`70's: Tom Whyte's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the 14-02-2014:
A new book incorporating interesting S.S. Australis memoirs: Life's A Ship And Then You Fly


New on the 25-01-2014:
Tom Whyte was a Master-at-Arms on several Chandris ships in the 1960's-`70's: Tom Whyte's Picture Gallery, Pt. 1.


New on the 27-07-2013:
Wayne Jacksons story of his trip on the Australis in 1977: Memories of the cruise


New on the: 20-05-2013.
I have picked 75 photos kindly sent by an ex-passenger. He took them on a voyage in 1977: Wayne Jackson's Picture Gallery


New on the: 23-02-2012.
Crew member shares photos of her trip on the Australis: : Josie's Picture Gallery


New on the: 12-02-2012.
Ex-Stewardess writes about her time working on the S. S. Australis in 1976: : Ex-Crew Member Josie Worked As A Stewardess


New on the: 09-11-2011.
See the latest pictures of the American Star wreck: Christian Gepp's Picture Gallery


New on the: 18-10-2011.
My wife and I are coming to Sydney in December and hope to have a few reunions with as many ex-crew of the Australis as possible: Message for S. S. Australis Ex-Crew Members


New on the: 15-10-2011.
Ex-passenger Jake Jagt has sent me a YouTube link to a piece of cine film that his father took on the Australis in 1971: S. S. Australis.
Many thanks to Jake Jagt for his contribution to the site

New on the: 11-05-2011.
Just a small update to John Livings great new book details here: "POMMY BASTARD".


New on the: 19-02-2011.
Ian Best sent these in slide format which I have transferred, so that we can all view them: Ian Best's Picture Gallery.


*If you would like to send me your slides, I would gladly convert them for addition to the site*:   You can Contact me here


New on the: 28-01-2011.
Another set of photos from 1972 taken by an ex-passengers: Angelika & Franz Herbertz's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the: 31-12-2010.
A small set of pictures taken on the Australis in 1972: Angelika & Franz Herbertz's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 14-11-2010.
A great collection of photos taken on both the Ellinis & Australis: Lenny & Markus Seifert's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-09-2010.
Photos taken by an ex-passanger on the southbound voyage in 1969: Ann De Jong's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 02-09-2010.
A few pictures taken by an ex-passanger in 1969: Joy Ruscoe's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-07-2010.
More pictures taken by ex-crew member Ron Hall: Ron Hall's Picture Gallery, Pt. 2.


New on the: 23-06-2010.
Ron Hall and I joined the ship at the same time, here are the photos he took: Ron Hall's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-02-2010.
A small selection of pictures have been added from an ex-passenger: Simon Whittle's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 20-01-2010.
A new slideshow of memorabilia has been added from ex-passenger Errol Munn:  Errol Munn's Memorabilia Slideshow.


New on the: 21-11-2009.
Jeroen Van Der Beek travelled from New Zealand on the 31st of December, 1973:  Jeroen Van Der Beek's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-10-2009.
June Nicholls travelled on the Australis in 1973:  June Nicholl's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-09-2009.
Bruce Van Essen has sent me his pictures taken on the Australis in the seventies:  Bruce Van Essen's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 29-06-2009.
Another passenger has kindly sent me a few pictures and memorabilia to add to the site:  Rob Prins Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-06-2009.
Just a few photos from an ex-passenger who travelled on the ship in 1970:  Carol Romanella's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-05-2009.
Ros Dawes is an ex-crew member - she has sent some photos for me to add to the site: Ros Dawes Picture Gallery.


New on the: 16-05-2009.
Norbert Raab has sent me a very interesting video taken of the wreck: Norbert Raab's S. S. Australis/American Star Video.


New on the: 29-03-2009.
View the most recent photos taken at the wreck of the American Star: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-02-2009.
New photos from one of the ex-crew who worked on the Australis in `77: John Dunlea's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 24-01-2009.
Just a few pictures taken by an ex-passenger: Martin Todd's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 10-01-2009.
View more photos from ex Master-at-Arms Thomas Hendrie: Thomas Hendrie's Picture Gallery 2.


New on the: 14-12-2008.
A selection of photos taken by ex Master-at-Arms Thomas Hendrie: Thomas Hendrie's Picture Gallery 1.


New on the: 04-06-2008.
View the most recent photos taken of the wreck in Fuerteventura: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-02-2008.
View a set of photos from an ex-passenger: Chris Rabet's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-02-2008.
View the most recent photos of the American Star wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 08-01-2008.
New pictures of the American Star wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-09-2007.
View recent pictures showing the state of the wreck now: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-06-2007.
New video footage of the wreck: Video Footage Of The Wreck.


New on the: 13-06-2007.
A new selection of pictures showing the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 08-06-2007.
Read Pat Pettett's account of the fire on the Australis in 1970: Pat Pettett's Story of the Fire in 1970.


New on the: 01-06-2007.
New photos of the Australis at Southampton in 1976 & `77: Andy Crespin's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-05-2007.
View photos taken on a South Pacific cruise in 1966: Tony Morse Picture Gallery.


New on the: 18-04-2007.
View these dramatic photos taken by Andrew Dickinson: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-03-2007.
Photos taken of the American Star with wind surfers near the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 12-02-2007.
New photos of the American Star wreck taken by Sonia and Eddy Devroey: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 09-01-2007.
A selection of an ex-crew members photos taken between 1973 and `78: Linda Duncan's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 01-01-2007.
Robert Toet recalls the fire on the Australis during a Toastmaster speech: Robert Toet's story "Drill or No Drill"


New on the: 05-12-2006.
A tribute from Jim Galloway's brother: A Tribute to Jim Galloway


New on the: 15-11-2006.
Ex-Inventory Officer\Master-at-Arms Jim Galloway 1942 - 2006: Jim Galloway 1942 - 2006


New on the: 01-11-2006.
A short piece of video footage (no sound) of the wreck taken on the 6th October 2006: View video footage of the wreck.


New on the: 26-10-2006.
Photos were taken on the 12th. of October by Juan and Malene Calbarro: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-10-2006.
The very latest photos taken at the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 14-10-2006.
A few newspaper articles about the fire on the ship in 1968: The Cape Times Newspaper Article


PLEASE NOTE:You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read this: Download and Install Adobe Acrobat Reader

Why not add your photos of the trip you made on the Australis... for everyone to enjoy!
If you would like to see your photos in the Picture Gallery, then please e-mail the details here: Ken Ironside

You may be interested in a new project I am working on now: The Rock Doctor.


New on the: 04-10-2006.
Read what the Fuerteventura tourist brochure says about the wreck: The American Star - A disappearing ship.

Many thanks to Sean Handley for supplying the extract from the brochure.

PLEASE NOTE:You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read this: Download and Install Adobe Acrobat Reader


New on the: 01-10-2006.
Sonia and Eddy Devroey's set of photos of the wreck taken on the 23/09/`06: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-7-2006.
View a new exhibition of photos and memorabilia for RCCL/Celebrity and Chandris Lines: The Call Center Photo Album.


New on the: 16-7-2006.
A second set of pictures from ex-passenger Paul Clement: Paul Clement's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 23-6-2006.
Surinder Paul Saini was a crew member from May 1972 through to September 1977: Surinder Paul Saini's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-6-2006.
Paul Clement was on a southbound voyage in 1971: Paul Clement's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 13-6-2006.
Lorraine and Rod have a few photos to share with everyone: Lorraine and Rod`s photos


New on the: 2-6-2006.
Lorraine and Rod left Southampton in February 1974, bound for New Zealand: Lorraine and Rod`s southbound trip to New Zealand.


New on the: 26-5-2006.
In 1970 William Palk returned to the UK on the Australis: William Palk's northbound journey on the Australis.


New on the: 20-5-2006.
Christian Urban has taken some photos of the wreck recently: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 5-4-2006.
Steve Whittington has sent a couple of dramatic photos of the wreck: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 7-2-2006.
Mark McKendrick has sent me some excellent photos of the wreck, taken in January 2006: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-12-2005.
New photos of the American Star wreck, taken in December 2005: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 20-11-2005.
Steve Mobey has sent me a 50 second video clip of the wreck: The American Star Video Footage.


New on the: 11-11-2005.
Several sets of new photos - including some of the wreck collapsing: The American Star Picture Gallery.


New on the: 09-11-2005.
Vangel Cvetkovski emigrated to Australia from the former Yugoslavia in 1969: Vangel Cvetkovski's adventure on the SS Australis.


New on the: 26-10-2005.
Roger Harris has written his account of his journeys on the ship: A Cable & Wireless engineers cruise Story.


New on the: 06-09-2005.
New pictures of the Australis from an ex-passenger: Al Mote's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-06-2005.
Personal message from Ken (The Webmaster!): A messase from Me - The Webmaster.


New on the: 20-02-2005.
Ex-Master-At-Arms Chris Preston has put together a list of over 500 former Chandris Lines Colleagues. Carol Mavroidaki has kindly let me link to the list on her site (You will need MS Excel to read the list): Chris Prestons Crew List.


New on the: 12-01-2005.
An excellent selection of photos showing the American Star wreck: Christian Gepp's American Star Picture Gallery..


New on the: 12-01-2005.
Newspaper Clippings about the fire on the Australis in 1970: Fiji Times Newspaper Clippings.

I have also updated the old newspaper clipping I received a few years ago: Fire on the Australis, October 1970.


New on the: 25-08-2004.
New pictures from an ex-passenger: Poppy's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 03-07-2004.
Ex-crew member Lesley Nicholls has sent her photos: Lesley Nicholl's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 27-05-2004.
Sandra Byott has sent her photos for you all to enjoy: Sandra Byott's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-05-2004.
More Pictures from ex-crew member Roy Blinston: Roy Blinston's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 13-05-2004.
Photo collection taken by an ex-crew member: Roy Blinston's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 03-05-2004.
A new memorabilia slideshow: John McAleer's Memorabilia Slideshow


New on the: 25-04-2004.
View Lee Corpe's collection of photos: Lee Corpe's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 21-04-2004.
Ex-crew members small collection of photos: Efren Moldez's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 17-04-2004.
Nigel Vicars memorabilia Collection: Nigel Vicars Memorabilia Slideshow.


New on the: 12-04-2004.
D'Arcy Richards second memorabilia collection: D'Arcy Richards Memorabilia Slideshow Part Two.


New on the: 03-04-2004.
D'Arcy Richards has sent his picture collection to add to the gallery: D'Arcy Richards Picture Gallery.


New on the: 29-03-2004.
A new memorabilia slideshow page has been added: D'Arcy Richards memorabilia slideshow.


New on the: 22-03-2004.
View a set of photos taken by an ex-passenger: John McAleer's Picture Gallery.

Read a short story from John McAleer: Recollections of the S.S. Australis, 27 years on..


New on the: 17-03-2004.
Ex-passenger Lee Corpe tells us her story: Lee Corpe's photos.


New on the: 22-02-2004.
Photos taken by an ex-passenger: Gary Fuller's photos.


New on the: 15-12-2003.
A short story and photos by an ex-passenger: David Ross's story and photos.


New on the: 23-09-2003.
View a collection of "Show" photos taken by my brother Ray: Ray Ironside's Patris "Show" photos.


New on the: 16-09-2003.
View a collection of "Show" memorabilia from my brother Ray Ironside: Ray Ironside's memorabilia collection.


An ex-passengers story of his trip on the Australis: Wolfram Dallwitz aboard the SS Australis in 1970.


New on the: 13-09-2003.
Ex-Master at Arms Peter Evans photo collection: Peter Evans Picture Gallery.


Read ex-crew member Keith Weavers story from 1969: Keith Weavers Australis Adventure.


New on the: 11-09-2003.
Wolfram Dallwitz's third set of photos: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part three.


New on the: 08-09-2003.
Bernie Carvell worked on the Ellinis and Australis, see his Ellinis collection here: Bernie Carvell's Picture Gallery Part One.


New on the: 05-09-2003.
View my brothers "shows" picture collection: Ray Ironside's Picture Gallery Part One.


New on the: 30-08-2003.
Part one of Wolfram dallwitz picture collection: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part One.


Part two of Wolfram's picture collection: Wolfram Dallwitz's Picture Gallery Part Two.

New on the: 17-07-2003.
I have changed the design of the Picture Gallery: Picture Gallery


New on the: 09-07-2003.
The third and final set of photos from ex-stewardess Vicky Penrice: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part Three.


New on the: 28-06-2003.
Second set of photos from ex-stewardess Vicky Penrice: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part Two.


New on the: 21-06-2003.
First set of photos from an ex-stewardess: Vicky Penrice's Picture Gallery Part One.


New on the: 16-06-2003.
A short story and pictures from an ex-passenger: Maureen Amor tells us her story.


New on the: 11-06-2003.
A memorabilia slideshow page has been added: Memorabilia Slideshows.

*WARNING* The slideshow may take a few minutes to download on a slow connection, please be patient.


New on the: 23-04-2003.
Keith Hackney's second set of photos: Keith Hackney's Picture Collection Part Two.

Keith has also sent in an interesting account of his voyage: "Our Voyage To New Zealand" by Keith Hackney.


New on the: 16-04-2003.
Read about and see photos taken at a crew reunion in Plymouth, UK: Crew reunion in Plymouth.


New on the: 10-04-2003.
Part one of a set of pictures sent in by an ex-passenger: Keith Hackney's Picture Collection Part One.


New on the: 2-04-2003.
A second set of photos have been sent in by an ex-passenger: Graham Lenton's Picture Collection.


New on the: 29-03-2003.
John Newton has sent in a few photos for the gallery: John Newton's Picture Collection.

An ex-passenger recalls the fire on voyage 13 Southbound: John Recalls the fire on the Australis in 1968.


New on the: 14-03-2003.
A new story told by an ex-passenger set on voyage 27 Southbound: Southbound From Southampton 1971.


New on the: 4-03-2003.
Photos from ex-crew member Kerri addy: Kerri Addy's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 25-02-2003.
Great photos supplied by an ex-passenger and taken in 1976: Graham Lenton's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 22-02-2003.
16 photos supplied by an ex-passenger who travelled on the ship in 1972: Alan Waller's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 15-02-2003.
11 new photos taken on the Australis in 1973: Gavin Lee's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 8-02-2003.
A selection of interesting new memorabilia in a slideshow format: Chandris Lines Memorabilia.


New on the: 1-02-2003.
View 28 photos sent to me by ex-crew members: The Crew Image Gallery.


New on the: 18-01-2003.
Ex-Gym Instructor\masseur Doug Till shares his thoughts and pictures of the Australis: Doug Till's Picture Collection.


New on the: 14-12-2002.
This interesting story was submitted by ex-passenger Victor Willms: A cruise on the Australis, 1976.


New on the: 07-12-2002.
Ex-Stewardess Glynis Savory has also sent me her collection of photos: Glynis Revell's Picture Gallery.


New on the: 30-11-2002.
Ex-Stewardess Patricia O'Brien has sent me her collection of photos: Patricia O'Brien Picture Gallery.


New on the: 23-11-2002.
View ex-Master-at-Arms Jimmy Galloways picture collection: Master-at-Arms Jimmy Galloway


New on the: 16-11-2002.
A page dedicated to the late John L. Sullivan: John L. Sullivan.


New on the: 02-10-2002.
"The Soldier, the Sailor and the Singer, a new book written by Dodie Frost: View the book here.


New on the: 26-09-2002.
Commander D. Burling tells his story of the USS West Point: Read Commander Donald Burlings story.


New on the: 03-08-2002.
Ian Byard was Senior Berthing Officer, he tells his story: A "potted history" by Ian Byard.


New on the: 18-06-2002.
Read a newspaper article about the fire on the Australis *caution large download ahead*: The fire of 1970


New on the: 04-03-2002.
Recent addition of Welcome Aboard Booklet from Peter Brown: Booklet circa 1972.


New on the: 11-02-2002.
The latest set of photos are from February 1972, southbound: Pictures from Peter Brown.


New on the: 04-02-2002.
More photos and memorabilia sent in by an ex-passenger: Frank Peeters Photos & Memorabilia.


New on the: 01-02-2002.
The next set of pictures and memorabilia are from stephen Smith: The Steve Smith Picture Gallery.


New on the: 23-01-2002.
This is the first of several updates in the next few weeks: Brian Hanson's picture collection.


Read a new story submitted by Jerry who travelled on the Australis in 1977: "In Their Own Words".


New on the: 28-7-2001
New photos, plans and sketches of the Australis conversion sent in by Arminio Lozzi: American Star.


New on the: 24-04-2001
Photos from Steve Tacey were added to the picture gallery: Picture Gallery.

If you would like to have your photos added to the site, please e-mail me the details here: Ken Ironside

New on the: 14-04-2001
New to the site is an opportunity to have your story added to the site: "In Their Own Words"

Help Wanted: If you would like to have your story added, please contact me on this e-mail link: E-Mail.



New on the: 11-04-2001
I have re-built the history pages adding new paragraphs and photos, split into two sections:

You can start at the beginning or go straight to part two below: History Part 1.
Part two carries on from when Chandris Lines purchased her: History Part 2.

New on the: 14-10-2000.
Read extracts from one of the ships logs:: Ships log.

General Particulars of the Chandris Liners can be found here: The Chandris liners.

You can view photos of the wreck taken by Joerg Finke in September: Pictures by Hyperfinch.

New on the: 22-7-2000
This article is about the American Star drydocking and the preparation for the tow: Steamboat Bill.

If you are looking for anything specific on this site, you can now use a search engine Search the site.

Please view these photos of ex-crew members: Where are they now?

I hope you like all the new features I have added....ENJOY!!


New on the: 24-6-2000.
Read a very interesting letter written by Bill Lee who is a fellow admirer of the America: A letter by Bill Lee.


New on the: 21-8-`99.
A welcome page has been added, which includes a picture and e-mail address for my brother Ray: Click here.


New on the: 2-7-`99.
Pictures taken from a German documentary on the America Star, broadcast in 1999: Click here.


New on the: 22-5-`99.
Bill Miller tells Demitri Kaparis` story: Read Mr. Kaparis` story here.

View pictures of the ship as she lay rusting away in Piraeus, Greece: Click here.

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