Tomaree Museum Association Committee

The Executive Committee comprises:


Deputy Chairperson

Secretary / Public Officer


Web Design and Data Base Management

Historian / Grants Manager

Ian Farnsworth

John (Stinker) Clarke

Susan (Alex) West


Ross Carroll

Chris Peters

The Committee includes the following Ordinary Committee Members:

Assistant Secretary

Assistant Historian

Marketing and Publicity Manager

Volunteer Manager / Assistant Treasurer

Mary Sillince

Warwick Mathieson

John (Stinker) Clarke

Doug Cross

Meet the Committee

Ian Farnsworth - Chairperson

Ian is a retired engineer and worked with John Clarke to set up the Tomaree Museum Association in September 2019. Following a 35 year career in the RAAF as an aircraft engineering officer and project manager; Ian has subsequently provided consultancy and management services to both Government and the private sector. Ian was first a resident of Port Stephens in 1998 and is active in other NFP Community associations as Chairman of Salamander Bay Recycling and is on the Committee of Fighter World. Ian has a special interest in military history and in environmental and sustainability issues in Port Stephens. Ian is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John 'Stinker' Clarke - Vice-Chairperson

John 'Stinker' Clarke was the initial driving force for Tomaree Museum. John Clarke has had a career as sportsman, teacher, historian, author and media personality but has always found time to go fishing. John has been a resident of the Nelson Bay area since 1975 when he was appointed to teach at the local High School. He has been extremely active in the local community and his many books have made a significant contribution to the historical record of Port Stephens.

Susan (Alex) West - Secretary / Public Officer

Alex is a retired logistics and project manager with both military and private sector experience. She is currently a volunteer for a Port Stephens Council Landcare group. Alex has a keen interest in seeing the establishment of a world class regional museum in Port Stephens and is an inaugural member of the Tomaree Museum Association.

Chris Peters - Historian / Grants Manager

Chris had a management career in corporate finance and investment planning. In the former, this involved presenting lengthy proposals to boards and, in the latter, advising boards on superannuation investment strategy. He has also spent a lot of time pretending to be an offshore sailor. He retired early to owner-build a sustainable house and to complete an honours degree in history. He is now a presenter and committee member at U3A, assistant secretary at TRRA and inaugural member of the TMA. He has passions for science, renewable energy and maritime history.

Mary Sillince - Assistant Secretary

Mary is a retired administration officer having spent many years in education management and more recently evolving into event management internationally. Mary has a keen interest in local history and museums in particular, having graduated from Macquarie University with a degree in Social Science. Together with her family she has been frequenting the Port Stephens area since the early 1980s and in 2018 moved to Fingal Bay. Mary is a member of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Inc., Art Gallery of New South Wales and other local historical societies as well as an inaugural member of the Tomaree Museum Association

Warwick Mathieson - Assistant Historian

Warwick is a shipwright by trade. He started his own construction company in 1974, and moved to Nelson Bay in 1980. He is recently retired. Warwick has been very active in the local community. He was a captain in the Rural Fire Service (now Retired), is a long time board member of Port Stephens Veterans and Citizens Aged Care, was President of the Nelson Bay Rotary Club in 2000, is a member of the Nelson Bay Australia Day Committee and Chairman of the Tomaree Community College.

Doug Cross - Volunteer Manager / Assistant Treasurer

Doug is a retired Air Force Aerospace Engineer currently working as a Deputy Programme Manager for Hensoldt Sensors GmbH (formerly Airbus Defence and Space). His current role is to project manage a major Defence Programme to install nine permanent and two interim Air Traffic Control radar systems across Australia for the Air Force, Navy and Army. Doug is active in the Ports Stephens community and has been a member of a number of community groups including the Nelson Bay Australia Day committee of which he has been the Chairman for 23 years.


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.



The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive including records of people who may have passed away.

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