Digital Exhibitions

View of the roof of the Australian National Maritime Museum with the light show Waves of Migration projected onto it

View online exhibitions from the comfort of your home, including On Their Own – Britain's Child Migrants, the extensive War Brides and The Halvorsen Story.

  • Waves of Migration

    Waves of Migration

    Waves of Migration explores migration to Australia and the compelling stories of those who've come across the seas.
    • Learn about Australia's migration history and read personal stories of immigration
    • Share your own story of migration to Australia.
    • Read about the light show that was projected onto the museum’s roof in 2014.

    See Waves of Migration

    Waves of Migration lightshow on the roof of the Australian National Maritime Museum
  • On Their Own

    On Their Own

    Britain's child migrants 

    From the 1860s, more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes. They were sent by charitable and religious organisations, with government support, in the belief that their lives would improve, and that they would provide much-needed labour and increase the population.

    Few were orphans; many came from families who were unable to care for them. The lives of these children changed dramatically and fortunes varied. Some succeeded in creating new futures. Others suffered lonely, brutal childhoods. All experienced disruption and separation from family and homeland.

    See On Their Own

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  • War Brides

    War Brides

    Between 12,000 and 15,000 Australian women married American servicemen during World War II. Some made a life in the USA, while others returned to Australia, with or without their husbands following the war.

    In this comprehensive online exhibition, you can meet the brides, learn about their courtships and life after marriage, and find out why some why some returned to Australia. View images of their lives here and in the USA and listen to oral history interviews with the war brides.

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    War brides on board the "S.S. Marine Falcon", 1946
  • Dreamboats and Workboats

    Dreamboats and Workboats

    The Halvorsen story 

    The Halvorsen story is told in this detailed online exhibition featuring vessel plans, historic images from the museum’s collection and original plans in ink and on linen. Browse photos and plans or use the comprehensive search function to access a database of vessels by name, Halvo job number or year of build.

    See the Halvorsen Story

    A Halvorsen motorboat underway

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