Seafarers Centre Port Chalmers
Sailors’ Society in Otago (Port Chalmers/Dunedin)
Centre Address: 2 George Street, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand
Mail Address: PO Box 1175 DUNEDIN
Hours: 1900 – 2200 when ships are in port; Open during the day for cruise ship visits
Contact: Managing Trustee, Shirley Farquhar (03) 454 4789 barton.hill(at)xtra.co.nz
Services: Telephone; Email; TV; Pool Table; Tea and Coffee; Mail
Ships in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Ravensbourne, are visited on behalf of the Society. Transport available by arrangement
Shipping Schedules (links to Port Otago website and opens in new window)
The Port Chalmers Seafarers Centre (by the yellow road sign on the left) is sited within 100m of the port entrance
A Busy Day at the Seafarers Centre in Port Chalmers
Port Chalmers. Main Street looking towards port (Seafarers Centre on left)
Historical Note: Port Chalmers opened the first Sailors’ Rest in the Southern Hemisphere in 1872 and over the years the facilities have been updated and the Society is now in its fourth centre which was opened in 1999.
Frank Bullen, the famous writer of sea stories (The Cruise of the Cachalot, The Log of a Sea Waif and The Men of the Merchant Service) claims he was converted to Christianity following his experiences attending services in the Port Chalmers Centre.
The Port Chalmers Centre has been affiliated to the Sailors Society since 1906.