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.

Sunset over Needles

Caring for collections at 'Maat' Lighthouse

18 Oct 2018

In 2012, Friends of Maatsuyker Island received funds as part of Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) to complete the first stage of cataloguing the heritage objects of the Maatsuyker Lightstation, light tower and from the island.

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Krait

Operation diorama

15 Oct 2018

Volunteers Geoff Barnes and Roger Scott have once again used their impressive model making skills to create a unique diorama for the Museum, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Operation Jaywick and the restoration of Krait.

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Restoring Krait

Restoring Krait

26 Sep 2018

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Jaywick, a joint Australian and British raid on Singapore Harbour — one of the most audacious and successful commando operations deep inside enemy territory during World War II.

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This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.

Operation Jaywick

25 Sep 2018

On the night of 26 September 1943, Australian and British Z Special Unit commandos paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour, blowing up and severely damaging seven ships.

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Catch the classics up close this weekend

10 Apr 2018

The much anticipated Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is on at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour in just a few days, starting Friday 13th April and winding up on Sunday afternoon, 15th April.

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Grand times at Geelong

19 Mar 2018

The 9th Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong was held over the Victorian long weekend in mid-March, and it was another very successful event, drawing a big crowd over the three days.

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The sad fate of HMAS Perth (I)

28 Feb 2018

The shipwreck of HMAS Perth (I) lies in waters between Java and Sumatra, a victim of the Battle of Sunda Strait in 1942. A joint survey project between the museum and Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (Indonesia) has recorded the devastation caused by extensive illegal salvage.

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