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Book jacket A Savage History

Author talk: A Savage History with John Newton

Events / Member events

1 May 2014


This powerful account of a complex and bloody relationship includes stories of 18th-century whalers who hunted their prey along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, across the Pacific and into the Southern Ocean. Although industrial whaling has ceased in Australia, John Newton shows that the work of those who wish to protect whales is far from over. Before the talk, curator Michelle Linder will guide a tour of the Amazing Cetaceans exhibition at 1.30 pm.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $25. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential: When date is confirmed bookings will re-open.
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email

Book jacket Saltwater People

Author talk: Saltwater People with John Ogden

Events / Member events

4 May 2014

Sunday 4 May | 2 - 4 pm

Come and hear photographer, cinematographer, writer and publisher John Ogden talk about his book Saltwater People, which was the unanimous winner of the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize in 2013. Praised by one judge
as 'a sumptuous curation of historical and contemporary art and photography', this lavish two-volume set examines the coastline around Sydney and its role in Australian culture and social and political history.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $25. Includes wine and refreshments.
Bookings essential:  book online
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email

Coral sea lunch photo courtesy John Hazell

Special: Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative lunch

Events / Member events

10 May 2014

Saturday 10 May | 12 pm - 3 pm

The famous Battle of the Coral Sea, fought between 4 and 8 March 1942, was a strategic victory for the allies and a turning point in the seemingly unstoppable Japanese expansion in the Pacific. We welcome back Captain Stewart Holbrook usn, United States Naval Attaché, to lead a lively discussion of this significant event.

Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $85, guests $100. Includes a three course lunch and wine.
Seating will be at tables of 10. Make up your own table or advise preferences when booking.
Bookings essential:
book online .
Enquiries: Phone +61 2 9298 3644 or email
Meet: In the museum foyer.

Heritage train Newington Armory

Walking tour: Visit to Newington Armoury

Events / Member events

15 May 2014

Thursday 15 May | 9.00 am - 2.00 pm

Join us as we explore Newington Armoury, which during its working life operated as a naval armament depot. After disembarking at Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf and walking a short distance to the site, we will board a heritage train for our tour. Explore the original 1897 wharf, take a torchlight walk through the passageways of the original gunpowder magazine and visit the former explosives storehouse and laboratory.


Cost and booking information

Cost: Members $20 Guests $30. Bring a picnic lunch, or buy lunch the Armoury Wharf Café.
Booking essential: book online .
Ph: 61 2 9298 3646, email:
Circular Quay to catch the 9 am ferry to the site (ferry ticket not included).

Book cover Shallows

Members book group: Tim Winton, Shallows

Events / Member events

18 May 2014

Sunday 18 May | 3-5 pm

Join us in the Members Lounge for a discussion of this landmark novel, Tim Winton's first Miles Franklin Award winner. 'Shallows is that rare thing, not historical fiction, but fiction which brings the history of a place to life … a major work of Australian literature.' (Washington Post) 'Shallows is more than a passionate meditation on the tragedy of whaling: it is in some ways a minimalist Moby Dick, a questioning of the ways of God to man and of man to God.' (Sydney Morning Herald)

Cost and booking information

Members Free Guests $5. Includes coffee, wine and refreshments.
Book online
Phone +61 2 9298 3644 or email

Midget Submarine being winched from Sydney Harbour

Cruise: Japanese midget submarine tour

Events / Member events

31 May 2014

Saturday 31 May | 10 am - 2.30 pm 

On this 72nd anniversary of 'The Battle of Sydney Harbour', when Japanese midget submarines attacked American and Australian ships at anchor, join author and expert Steven Carruthers as he guides us through the events of 31 May 1942. We will cruise to each site and trace the paths of the three midget subs through the harbour, then go ashore at the Naval Heritage Centre on Garden Island to see a conning tower recovered from one of the subs. Enjoy lunch at the Salt Horse Café before rejoining our vessel to return to the museum.

Cost and booking information

Costs: Members $65 Guests $75. Includes morning tea and lunch
Bookings essential:
Book online
Enquiries: +61 2 9298 3644 or email 
at the HMAS Vampire ticket booth at 9.30 am


ANMM Tour: Celebes Sailors, Ships & Spice

Events / Member events

2 June 2014 - 16 June 2014

2-16 June 2014 | $5490

Discover the exotic, orchid-shaped Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the Wallace Line meets the Equator - formerly the fabled Celebes, home of Bugis pirates and rival sultans who battled the Dutch for the treasures of the Spice Islands. Today its seaport, Makassar, is a dynamic growth centre of modern Indonesia, but its traditional prahu port is still home to the world's last great timber trading fleet. Its old forts and colonial remnants, Chinese and Arab quarters, pagoda-shaped mosques, temples and crowded bazaars all recall a turbulent, cosmopolitan history - reflected, too, in its famous seafood and cuisine.
This exclusive tour meets Indonesia's most celebrated boat builders and seafarers, the Makassans, who sailed to Australia before the Europeans, and their neighbours the Bugis, the Mandar and the Sea Gypsies. In the footsteps of the great naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, and novelist Joseph Conrad, who called Makassar 'the prettiest town in the East', we explore lakes and rivers and reach the acclaimed mountain cultures and spectacular architecture of the Toraja highlands. Join the Australian National Maritime Museum's latest tour of the maritime cultures of our region, led once again by former Signals editor Jeffrey Mellefont, to discover southern Sulawesi's ever-changing vista of tropical land and seascapes, cultures and cuisines. We hope you can join us!

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