Online exhibitions


Waves of migration

 Woman holding key 

Waves of migration explores migration to Australia and the compelling stories of those who've come across the seas. Discover Australia's migration history, personal stories of immigration and share your own story of migration to Australia.

Launching on Australia Day, the Waves of Migration eight-minute animated projection will be displayed on the museums iconic roofline. It will run daily from 9.30 pm - 11 pm daily until 13 February.

The lightshow has been enhanced with new content including the story of Gina Sinozich, a Croatian migrant artist. A new, specially composed soundtrack accompanying the show will be played on Pyrmont Bridge.

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On their own - Britain's child migrants

On their own online exhibition 

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.

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War Brides

War Brides online exhibition  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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Dreamboats & Workboats - The Halvorsen Story

Halvorsen online database  

The Halvorsen story is told in this detailed online exhibition featuring vessel plans, historic images from the ANMM 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.

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