Founded as the Sydney Sailors' Home - Serving seafarers for almost 160 years
Last Update: October 2022
For AMWS to be recognised as a leading supporter of seafarer welfare in Australia.
The AMWS Story
AMWS commenced life in 1863 as the Sydney Sailors Home.
For over a century, the Sydney Sailors Home performed a vital role in providing seafarers from all nations, accommodation, dignity, and respect. However, as working conditions for seafarers gradually improved and with significant reductions in crew numbers due to new technology, the need for a dedicated Sailors Home declined.
Following the sale of the Sydney Sailors Home, the Society shifted its focus to the welfare of seafarers worldwide.
Today, the Society's principal activities include:
AMWS is proud of its achievements in providing welfare to seafarers and their families for over a century and will continue to show leadership and compassion on all issues that affect mariner's welfare in the years ahead.
We are committed to the welfare of seafarers worldwide. AMWS will work with all likeminded individuals, companies, organisations and NGOs that are committed to improving the welfare of seafarers everywhere.
If you share our concerns, you are encouraged to become a member of AMWS and be part of this vital work
The Australian Mariners Welfare Society acknowledges the Gadigal and Bidjigal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional owners of the land on which the Sydney Sailors Home is located.