Tu Do arrived in Darwin on 21 November 1977 with 31 Vietnamese refugees crowded on board.

Their hopes for a better life in Australia were echoed in the vessel's name, which means 'freedom'. The first 'boat people' fled the turmoil of South Vietnam in simple coastal fishing craft, often unsuited to a long ocean voyage. Tu Do's passengers were lucky, outpacing pirates in the Gulf of Thailand and surviving violent storms at sea.

Refugee Week Special Event: Meet the Fleet – Tu Do tours

Join a guided tour of our 1970s Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do at the display pontoon during Refugee Week. Visitors will listen to a talk about the Lu family’s voyage from Vietnam to Australia in 1977.

Dates: Monday 17 to Friday 21 June 2019
Where: Meet in museum foyer
When: 11am and 2pm 
Suitable for: All ages
Cost: Free
10 visitors maximum 

Discover the remarkable stories of Tu Do:

Restoring hope and a fishing boat called ‘Freedom’

14 Jun 2012

With all the rain in Sydney recently, you could be forgiven for forgetting what blue sky looks like. But for the Lu family, who arrived in Australia in 1977 on the Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do, the colour sky blue is forever etched in their memories as the colour of freedom.

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