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    The saga of Skaubryn

    18 May 2018

    It’s International Museum Day, an annual event that raises awareness about the role of museums in cultural exchange and the development of mutual understanding. This year’s theme of ‘hyperconnected museums’ focuses on how museums can make their collections accessible and … The post The saga of Skaubryn appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers

    11 May 2018

    Mothering on the high seas As Mother’s Day approaches a maritime museum is not usually a place one would look for motherly sentiment. Yet here at the museum and the Vaughan Evans Library, there are small yet extraordinary reminders of what motherhood … The post Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    The Sydney Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers

    02 May 2018

    An enigmatic engraving I often come across intriguing objects as I digitise the collection. Recently, in a box containing 263 engravings, covering topics including migration, the wrecking of vessels and ambitious shipbuilding commissions, there was one object which stood out: … The post The Sydney Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Who was John Watt?

    12 Apr 2018

    An enigmatic collector Over the years, the museum has acquired various collections that have taken the dedicated owner many years (or often a lifetime) to compile. The time, energy and cost required to gather together this type of comprehensive material … The post Who was John Watt? appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Four ships, one lifeboat

    06 Apr 2018

    The 60th anniversary of the Skaubryn sinking The Norwegian liner Skaubryn was the only vessel lost at sea during the era of post-war migration to Australia, when it caught fire in 1958 with 1,288 people on board, including more than … The post Four ships, one lifeboat appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Migration and photography: The Skaubryn archive

    28 Mar 2018

    Photography has always played a critical role in documenting the movement of people across borders. The photographs linked to the vast archive of Certificates of Exemption from the Dictation Test, for instance, put a face to those impacted by the … The post Migration and photography: The Skaubryn archive appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.