Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

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Daina Fletcher

Daina Fletcher is a senior curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

It's a Wrap: The Windjammer Sailors

04 May 2016

Last week saw a Christo-like wrapping of silky black satin on the wharf at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Pyrmont. Intriguing and mysterious the form it enveloped was unreadable…

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Windjammer Sailors

27 Apr 2016

The story behind the museum's life-sized bronze sculpture remembering the adventurous Windjammer sailors of the 1930s.

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James Caird into the southern oceans – Shackleton's carpenter's view

24 Apr 2015

On 24 April 1916, 99 years ago, Antarctic expedition leader Sir Ernest Shackleton, his Endurance skipper Frank Worsley and four of his crew loaded into the seven-metre lifeboat James Caird and set sail from the rocky spit of the sub-Antarctic Elephant Island to reach help across the treacherous southern oceans, leaving 22 men behind on the barren outcrop.

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Going for gold

06 Feb 2014

As the XXII Olympic Winter Games begin tomorrow in Sochi, Russia, the museum will celebrate Australia’s success at last year’s summer Games in London by featuring one of Australia’s gold medal boats, the International 470 class dinghy Practical Magic.

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Before the mast… before the boom

29 Oct 2013

Think of Western Australia and red earth, big skies and endless, timeless landscapes come to mind. That and the monumentalism of the mining boom, its huge trucks, open cut mines and mind boggling economics.

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