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.
12 Oct 2020
There are more than 10,000 objects in the museum’s collection relating to Australia’s rich immigration history. But the museum is also committed to contemporary collecting about immigration. Curator Kim Tao discusses three new acquisitions that explore the art of making through activism and sustainable socially engaged design.Read more
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.Read more
17 Feb 2020
Over two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef region each year, with the coral reef continuing to rank in the top 10 ‘must do before you die’ travel lists. But it was not always so. Curatorial Assistant Myffanwy Byrant looks at the origins of this tourist destination with the Embury Expedition in 1928.Read more
16 Jan 2020
Swimming caps were a popular fashion accessory in the 1950s and 1960s, with decorated caps the new vogue. We've selected our top five favourite swimming caps from the collection, featuring bright colours, applique and bedazzled jewels!
21 Dec 2019
The museum’s Registration team recently digitised 127 documents related to the working life and horrific wrecking of SS Federal. Curator of Ocean Science and Technology Emily Jateff provides an overview of the shipwreck and its discovery.Read more