The State Library of South Australia has several major shipping registers and annual naval reviews. These are excellent sources of current and historical information about particular ships.
The Library does not hold any official records for the Merchant Navy or the Australian Merchant Navy.
Information about official records for the Australian Merchant Navy can be found at the National Archives.
Information about official records for the Merchant Navy (UK) can be found at the National Maritime Museum (UK)
Details about the role of the Australian Merchant Navy and the role Australian merchant ships played in World War II can be found at Merchant Ships of Australia in World War 2.
The library does have collections of books, dealing with most aspects of the Merchant Navy. Some of the most useful include:
Jane's publications have been around since 1898, producing high quality publications in subject areas including transport and defence. The State Library holds a number of titles which may be of use to the maritime historian.
The cargo ship Nestor in 1940. View more information about this image here.
Lloyd's information is in various forms and publications, compiled on a daily, weekly, quarterly or annual basis depending on the subject. It is useful for researching: