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.

Heroes of Colonial Encounters - William Bligh, © Helen S Tiernan 2017, ANMM Collection 00055148

William Bligh 101 – who was he and why should we care?

13 Jun 2019

Who was Captain William Bligh? Perhaps you know him as a sailor and the infamous mutiny on board the HMS Bounty. Or maybe you know him as the governor of New South Wales who was deposed in the only successful military coup in Australian history? Or perhaps you have never heard of William Bligh and don’t understand all the fuss?

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Two women and a baby. Photo: Samuel J Hood. ANMMCollection 00034602

Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers

10 May 2019

As Mother’s Day approaches a maritime museum is not usually a place one would look for motherly sentiment. Yet here at the museum and the Vaughan Evans Library there are small yet extraordinary reminders of what motherhood can mean.

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Gervaise Purcell, 1954 hats

Hats off to Gervaise Purcell

07 May 2019

Most lovers of Australian photography will be familiar with the iconic images of Max Dupain. However, they may not be as familiar with the work of one of his extraordinary contemporaries - Gervaise Purcell.

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