Dr Kevin Fewster was appointed Director of the National Maritime Museum (including the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and now also Cutty Sark) in September 2007.
Dr Fewster had previously held directorships at several museums in Australia, including:
- Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – 2000–07
- Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney – 1989–99
- South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide – 1984–89
At the latter two venues he was the inaugural director.
From 1996–99 Dr Fewster also held the role of President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums. From 2004–07 he was Chairman of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and a director of the Collections Council of Australia.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2001 for services to museum administration and the preservation of maritime history. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Before joining the heritage sector, Dr Fewster taught History at the University of New South Wales, RMC Duntroon, Canberra and Monash University, Melbourne. He is also the author of several books on the 1915 Gallipoli campaign as well as a number of published articles and conference papers.
He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the Australian National University, Canberra.
Dr Fewster is married and has one daughter.