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.

Photojournalist Justin Gilligan standing in front of his photograph, Colliding Views

Q&A with WPY finalist Justin Gilligan

22 May 2020

As a finalist in the 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, we caught up with photojournalist Justin Gilligan to find out more about his love for the ocean, photography and what it means to have his work selected and displayed in one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions.

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Arthur Pringle as a lieutenant in 1899. Image courtesy of Eliots of Port Eliot

'Ever your loving son': Arthur Pringle and his letters home

21 May 2020

Arthur Pringle as a 13-year old boy wrote to home to his mother while training for the Royal Navy on HMS Britannia.  The letters, in true teenage style, are hardly full of information, but they tell enough to show this young boy was keen to impress his parents back at home.

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Military personnel photographed boarding Orsova in 1916

A deadly shipmate: Surviving 'Spanish flu' aboard HMAT Orsova

19 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is turning many eyes back to 1919. Coinciding with the end of World War I, the risk of ‘Spanish’ flu coming to Australia aboard troop transports was very real. Dr Peter Hobbins explores what troopship records reveal about life, death and discipline during the pneumonic influenza pandemic.

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June and Herbert Edelman

Love and migration

24 Feb 2020

Explore the relationship between love and migration through the stories of Japanese and Australian war brides.

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