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.

Coming and Going, the Sydney memorial to British child migrants by Sasha Reid, located outside the museum in Darling Harbour

Reflecting on the child migrant apology

16 Nov 2019

Ten years ago today, the Australian government made a long-awaited national apology to the thousands of former child migrants whose lives were impacted by government-sponsored child migration schemes.

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Whispers from the deep

11 Nov 2019

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Wireless radio operator, John Brown, kept a journal of his service during WWI. Brown’s journal begins just before the outbreak of WWI and concludes after Armistice.

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Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

William Bligh at war

05 Nov 2019

Fighting in both the battles of Camperdown (1797) and Copenhagen (1801), William Bligh proved to be a formidable opponent of Britain’s enemies, taking on larger and more heavily armed ships as his military prowess became clear. 

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Workers place concrete reinforcement steel in the Tooma–Tumut Tunnel, part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, 1960. Photographer Don Edwards. ANMM Collection Gift from Barbara Alysen ANMS0215[016]

Snowy stories

17 Oct 2019

Seventy years ago today, the first blast was fired in the town of Adaminaby in southern New South Wales, officially marking the start of construction on Australia’s largest engineering project – the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.

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Classic Wooden Boat Festival 2018. Day 3 - Sunday 15, April 2018. Man in striped shirt and sailor's cap using an antique megaphone. MacDougall Photography for ANMM

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival: Save the Date

11 Oct 2019

The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival  (CWBF) is set to return to the museum on the first weekend in May 2020. With over 100 unique craft from around Australia afloat and ashore in the Darling Harbour precinct, this unmissable event is special for both boat lovers and curious enthusiasts. 

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