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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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A museum of dioramas

09 Oct 2015

On a recent trip to Indonesia I was struck by how many museums were based around dioramas. Rather than how we usually think of museums — as a display of things from the past (objects) with labels and text — many Indonesian museums are solely based around snapshots of history, with no objects in sight.

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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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