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.

A week away, working in the UK

18 Mar 2013

Over the last week of February I travelled to the UK as part of my work at the museum, where my first appointment was to attend the meeting of the International Congress of Maritime Museums’ (ICMM) International Historic and Traditional Ships panel.

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An epic Antarctic inspiration

07 Mar 2013

I have always been an avid reader, the type of kid that disappeared at Christmas to read the books left by Santa or being told turn off the light and sneaking a torch under the covers just to read just a little bit more.

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Up close and personal with MV KRAIT

06 Mar 2013

I have been a student of history for many years now, and I know the profound feeling of standing in a landscape, an ancient temple, or in front of an object that you have only ever read about.

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A rainy day at Garden Island Boatshed

01 Mar 2013

Today some of the museum’s staff braved the weather conditions to attend the launch of the Naval Historical Society of Australia’s latest documentary film, The History of the Captain Cook Graving Dock.

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A chance encounter in Albury

28 Feb 2013

Last week I went to Albury to install our travelling exhibition On their own – Britain’s child migrants at Albury Library Museum. This lively venue is the only regional stop in our national tour, which has so far taken in Adelaide, Melbourne, Fremantle and Canberra.

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The Molong Historical Museum

22 Feb 2013

These are all words I scribbled down as I read and listened to the oral histories of people who had come to Australia as child migrants. The topic is intriguing and compelling and I was particularly drawn to the history of Fairbridge Farm School in Molong, NSW, as this child migrant school is not far from my childhood home.

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Mrs Cook's Valentine's Day

14 Feb 2013

On Valentine’s Day in 1779 Captain James Cook was killed in the Hawaiian Islands. Ironically perhaps, his death was the beginning of a long love affair with Cook by generations of people in the Western world who revered the great navigator. It was also the beginning of 56 long years for his wife Elizabeth Cook, without the love of her life.

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