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Amateur whaling, or a tale of the Pacific

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Baby and a dog on a sailing ship

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Burning of the barque INDIA

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Carte des Indes Orientale

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SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA

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Swimming Gala poster featuring Beatrice Kerr

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Lustre: Pearling and Australia traces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands.

Lustre - A history of pearls, shells and people

18 Jul 2017

The museum has been fortunate to host a travelling exhibition on the history of pearling and the uses of pearl shell. The award winning exhibition – Lustre: Pearling and Australia – has been very well received by visitors.

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A Roman rostrum

29 May 2017

One of the most amazing objects in Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue is a rostrum from a Roman warship. A rostrum is a bronze ram attached to the bow of an ancient warship.

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The Batavia tapestry

10 May 2017

Last week we unveiled a new large-scale embroidered work, the Batavia Tapestry by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse at the museum.

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Reflections on a piece of pewter: The Hartog plate

01 May 2017

This week a very special piece of pewter is coming to the museum -  the Hartog plate, on loan from the Rijksmuseum to mark 400 years since Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog made the first recorded European landing on the west coast of Australia in October 1616.

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Behind the scenes of Escape from Pompeii

30 Apr 2017

The Roman artist who painted the beautiful wall fresco in the Villa of Livia could never have dreamt that 2,000 years later it would be reproduced at actual size and on display in an exhibition on the other side of the world.

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