This year marks the 28th anniversary of the opening of the Australian National Maritime Museum, and to say thank you for your support we’re inviting you to help us celebrate at our annual Anniversary Lunch.
Krait with visitors. Image: James Horan | ANMM
Join the museum’s Chairman John Mullen and Director Kevin Sumption PSM for pre-lunch drinks & canapes followed by a three-course meal with matching Tyrells wines by award-winning caterers Laissez-Faire in our stunning Lighthouse Gallery.
You’ll enjoy the company of fellow members and friends of the museum, take part in an exclusive pre-lunch tour of legendary WW2 fishing trawler Krait, and hear the remarkable story of the Krait and Operation Jaywick and its impact on modern-day special forces from keynote speaker Ian McPhedran. He will also discuss the Navy’s hazardous high seas battle against drug smugglers along the Indian Ocean’s notorious ‘Smack Track’, whose illicit bounty helps to fund today’s terrorist networks.
Saturday 23 November 2019 | 11.30am – 2.30pm
Adult $135.00 | Member Adult $120.00
About Ian McPhedran
Between 1990 and 2015 Ian McPhedran covered conflicts around the globe in places such as Burma, Indonesia, PNG, Somalia, Cambodia, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands. He was based in Baghdad to report first-hand on the 2003 US-led ‘shock and awe’ bombing campaign and the coalition and invasion of Iraq.
Ian was News Limited’s national defence writer for 17 years and in 1999 he was awarded the Walkley Award for journalism for his expose of the Collins Submarine project debacle.
McPhedran has published eight books including the 2005 national bestseller The Amazing SAS, as well as The Smack Track, The Mighty Krait and new title Where Soldiers Lie.
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. They had been deployed from a confiscated Japanese fishing boat (re-named Krait after a deadly snake) that had threaded its way undercover from Exmouth to Singapore.
Vessel MV Krait on water. Image: ANMM
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