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.

Maritime tourism helps keep Indonesian traditions alive

27 Jan 2016

In December 2015 I joined a mixed group of American, European, Australian and New Zealand guests on this handsome motor-sailer, during a 12-day voyage through some of the most historic – and most remote – islands of our vast, archipelagic neighbour, the Republic of Indonesia.

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A tribute to Robert Oatley AO BEM

15 Jan 2016

Robert Ian ‘Bob’ Oatley AO BEM was a well-known and respected businessman, winemaker, yachtsman and philanthropist. To the Australian public he was best known for his first winemaking company, Rosemount, and his last yacht, the eight-time Sydney to Hobart winning super maxi Wild Oats XI.

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The Bonnie Dundee

28 Sep 2015

In 1987 the Australian National Maritime Museum purchased a set of original shipyard plans produced by the Scottish marine engineering and shipbuilding company Gourlay Brothers & Co. in Dundee.

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Australian Lighthouses

14 Aug 2015

Learn about the 100-year history of Commonwealth lighthouses and explore some of Australia's famous lighthouses – the tallest, the oldest and the most isolated – located all around our vast coastline.

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Magnus Halvorsen (1918–2015)

07 Aug 2015

A generation of a family known for their classic wooden boat building in Australia has now come to an end with the passing of Magnus Halvorsen late in July, a month short of his 97th birthday. He was born in Norway, but migrated to Australia (via South Africa) as a child in 1925 with his mother, four brothers and two sisters.

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