ANMM Blog

  • ANMM Collections

    The sinking of SS Ceramic

    07 Dec 2017

    A British liner, a German U-boat, the mid-Atlantic Ocean and the Royal Australian Navy – what do they have in common? The SS Ceramic. Built by the famous Belfast shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, SS Ceramic was launched on 11 December 1912 … The post The sinking of SS Ceramic appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Learning

    A Hawaiian Friendship Ceremony: Marking 75 years of War and Peace in the Pacific

    04 Dec 2017

    This year the formal learning team, funded through the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund, embarked on a new and very different project, reflecting on the cumulative 75th anniversaries relating to World War II in the Pacific. We invited schools from the … The post A Hawaiian Friendship Ceremony: Marking 75 years of War and Peace in the Pacific appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Sydney Harbour

    Two invasions, two nations and a solitary carving

    29 Nov 2017

    Saigon bristled with terror in April 1975. As shelling and small-arms fire sounded out an ever-shrinking cordon around the South Vietnamese capital, wails of a different kind split the airspace above the city. On board a Royal Australian Air Force … The post Two invasions, two nations and a solitary carving appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    ‘The beautiful Balts’ – 70 years on

    28 Nov 2017

    At the museum, we hold a rich collection of ephemera, which refers to written or printed materials that have short-term use, like letters, postcards, brochures, invitations and greeting cards. Many of these items go on to acquire a lasting historical … The post ‘The beautiful Balts’ – 70 years on appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Nawi Indigenous watercraft

    On the River to Gundagai – Yarri, Jacky and the Great Flood of 1852

    24 Nov 2017

    On Friday June 25 1852 the small township of Gundagai, nestled on the river flats of the Murrumbidgee River, was completely destroyed when the flooded river burst its banks. Previous floods had not been this devastating and the early settlers ignored the advice … The post On the River to Gundagai – Yarri, Jacky and the Great Flood of 1852 appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Ken Warby and SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA: Still the world record holder, 40 years later

    20 Nov 2017

    On 20 November 1977, Ken Warby set the world water speed record, piloting his wooden jet-powered boat, Spirit of Australia, into the history books. Warby’s home-made wooden hydroplane reached speeds of 464.44 km/h, breaking the previous ten-year-old record of 458.98 … The post Ken Warby and SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA: Still the world record holder, 40 years later appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Maritime Moustaches

    16 Nov 2017

    Moustaches were big in the late 19th century. Really big. As the wielder of a reasonably large moustache, I thought I might look into the museum’s collection of photographs and see how many and what sorts of moustaches are there. … The post Maritime Moustaches appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Art of Science

    Napoleon’s artists and their new views of Australia

    13 Nov 2017

    In April 1802 when the lookout station situated on the southern headland at the entrance to Port Jackson reported the sighting of a French naval vessel approaching, the news spread quickly through the streets of Sydney. Isolated on the far … The post Napoleon’s artists and their new views of Australia appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Container: The box that changed the world

    Behind the scenes at Port Botany

    10 Nov 2017

    In today’s global world you may have drunk coffee from Brazil or a smoothie containing frozen fruit from China. You could be wearing clothes made in India, watching a TV made in Japan while sitting on a sofa containing wood … The post Behind the scenes at Port Botany appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Nawi Indigenous watercraft

    Canoe Cultures – Nawi 2017 Travelling Our Waters

    07 Nov 2017

    On 9 November the museum will host the second national conference on Indigenous watercraft. Nawi 2017  – Travelling Our Waters brings together traditional watercraft builders, community members, historians, students and others to share knowledge and culture about canoes and all the … The post Canoe Cultures – Nawi 2017 Travelling Our Waters appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Remembering the White Russians

    07 Nov 2017

    One of the things I find most interesting about Australia’s immigration history is how political events and uprisings on the other side of the world can have a flow-on effect and shape our own history. Take for example the October … The post Remembering the White Russians appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    The elusive Mrs Cherry

    06 Nov 2017

    I have recently finished reading Umbertina by Helen Barolini (1979), a classic novel about migration and identity as explored through the lives of three generations of Italian-American women. In the 1870s the title character, a Calabrian goatherd, commissions an intricate … The post The elusive Mrs Cherry appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    90 years since the Greycliffe ferry disaster

    03 Nov 2017

    The sinking of the Greycliffe ferry on 3 November 1927 remains the most significant accident on Sydney Harbour to date. Forty lives were lost when the ferry collided with the Union Steamship Company’s liner Tahiti. The tragedy had a marked … The post 90 years since the Greycliffe ferry disaster appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Sea Bird: A ghost ship story to shiver yer timbers

    31 Oct 2017

    One of the upsides of the eerie Halloween season is that you can let yourself dwell on the macabre. Even if the rest of the year you envision yourself as a hard-nosed cynic, on Halloween you are allowed to drop … The post Sea Bird: A ghost ship story to shiver yer timbers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Vessels

    Wild Oats XI: A giant of Australian racing

    20 Oct 2017

    The supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI is here at the museum for a short visit. Wild Oats and its crew have become an Australian sporting brand, recognised by the public as Australia’s premier racing yacht and team through their dominance … The post Wild Oats XI: A giant of Australian racing appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Journeys

    A voyage to Adelaide: Attending the 2017 AIMA conference

    17 Oct 2017

    Over the past six months, Em Blamey, Creative Producer at the museum, and I have travelled Australia engaging regional and remote maritime museums with the exhibition project Submerged: Stories of Australia’s shipwrecks. In late September, we were honoured to attend … The post A voyage to Adelaide: Attending the 2017 AIMA conference appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.