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Who We Are
Twentieth Anniversary trip to Morpeth on Hunter River
The Australian Canal Society (ACS) is a society of people with an enthusiasm for canals and other inland waterways around the world, particularly those of the UK and Europe. Many of our members cruise canals and inland waterways while overseas. They also read books on the subject and enjoy sharing their interest with other enthusiasts. The ACS was established to develop this interest in canals. It offers very different experiences for Australians when they travel in other parts of the world. The ACS welcomes all who are curious, fascinated, addicted, or who just wish to reminisce or dream about waterways!
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What We Do
A regular meeting
Members of our society and guest speakers share their experiences and expertise on widely varying aspects of canals in friendly, informal meetings. These meetings are carefully planned to provide varied and imaginative programmes designed to ensure enjoyment, learning and socialising with other enthusiasts. We organise occasional historic cruises, walks, picnics and appropriate site visits. We also initiate and maintain contact and support with overseas inland waterway bodies. The Overseas Friends of the ACS gather every couple of years at an English canal-side pub.
Although we are not a fund-raising body, periodically we make small financial contributions to British waterway restoration projects. We also collect postage stamps and donate them to the Shropshire Union Canal Society.
ACS Links with Overseas Bodies and Projects
(see Links page)
Restoration Projects: It is somewhat odd for a canal society not to have a local canal to restore or maintain or to be a fund-raising body. Our main focus is outside Australia. We feel it is important to know about the struggles that have taken place in the past, and of current efforts on behalf of overseas waterways, all of which give us so much pleasure. Hence our interest and involvement in restoration programs such as the Ipswich-Stowmarket Navigation, and the Lichfield and Hatherton projects in the UK. We have also been sponsors of the Anderton Lift and are members of the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust.
Working on the restoration of Baylham Lock,
River Gipping (Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation)
Membership of the British Inland Waterways Association
Other Memberships and Associations:
Overseas Canal Links have become increasingly meaningful. When overseas people show interest in the ACS they are placed on a Friends List and given an ACS Link person, who keeps in contact by sending our quarterly Newsletters. Many friendships across the world have been formed in this way.
2005 English gathering
ACS Overseas Friends Gatherings
Overseas member, David Stevenson, on ACS outing