His­toric work recog­nised

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THE man who has worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to al­low visi­tors to en­joy the Mar­itime Mu­seum and Ship­wreck Gallery has re­tired.

Fre­man­tle Mu­se­ums and Col­lec­tions ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ian Ma­cLeod went out on a high as he was con­ferred a Fel­low of the WA Mu­seum.

WA Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Coles said Dr Ma­cLeod had made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­seum through his work in ship­wreck con­ser­va­tion and the preser­va­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal rock art.

“Ian came to mu­seum con­ser­va­tion from an elec­tro­chem­istry back­ground and it was the min­er­als that formed on the cop­per sheath­ing of ships’ hulls that drew him to the WA Mu­seum as a re­search of­fi­cer in 1978,” he said.

“Since that time he has de­vel­oped a for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s lead­ing ex­perts in con­ser­va­tion sci­ence and his ser­vices con­tinue to be in great de­mand on in­ter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant projects.

“There are cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als whose name and pro­file are so in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked with the WA Mu­seum that it is hard to imag­ine the Mu­seum with­out them and there is no one who bet­ter fits that de­scrip­tion than Ian Ma­cLeod.”

Dr Ma­cLeod has worked on the con­ser­va­tion of Aus­tralian WWI sub­ma­rine AE2, pre­served arte­facts found on four VOC ship­wrecks off the coast and has worked on the 1697 de Vlam­ingh Plate, an in­scribed pewter plate con­sid­ered to be one of Aus­tralia’s old­est and most trea­sured his­tor­i­cal records.

Ian Ma­cLeod has been made a Fel­low of the WA Mu­seum.

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