Members Maritime Series

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Join us for exclusive members talks and behind the scenes previews.

  • Exclusive talk series for members

    New and exclusive! Each month, a museum curator will deliver an informative presentation. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the museum’s research programs and varied aspects of maritime history and culture, and to meet other Members. Afternoon tea will be provided.

    Melinda Piesse with beside the Batavia Tapestry

    Batavia Shipwrecked

    Melinda Piesse will take you on a journey back in time to 1629, to the shipwreck of the Batavia among the Abrolhos Islands off Western Australia.                                  
    Batavia was the Titanic of her day, fatefully shipwrecked on her maiden voyage. However, they didn't all go down with the ship ... the tale of the marooned survivors, held captive by pirates, is rife with murder, mutiny, mayhem and ultimately heroism.                    

    This remarkable story was the subject of Melinda Piesse's Master of Fine Arts and her depth of knowledge is reflected in a beautiful narrative tapestry, currently on display at the museum, in the Tasman Light Gallery until end October 2017.                              

    Melbourne-based artist Melinda Piesse specialises in textiles, traditional rope-work and teaching the visual arts including art and craft, ceramics and textiles. She has a Master of Fine Art, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and a Diploma of Education awarded by Monash University. Melinda has exhibited at Craft Victoria, the Australian Tapestry Workshop, the Kendall School of Art and Design (USA), Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of Tasmania.

    Thursday 3 August 2017,  3 – 5pm

    Eventbrite - Member Maritime Series: Batavia Shipwrecked

    *Image: The artist Melinda Piesse with her Batavia Tapestry. Photography by Kristina Kingston, reproduced courtesy of Melinda Piesse.

    Warren Fahey AM

    All at Sea

    Warren Fahey AM is well-known as a cultural historian, prolific author, broadcaster and performer. For the past fifty years he has collected, annotated and performed the stories, songs and poetry that are the signposts to our history. 

    His latest book, his 30th, is ‘All At Sea’, the story of Australia’s relationship with its seas and rivers. Warren admits to being surprised as to the sheer number of maritime songs in the collection, especially shanties documented as used on the Australian run. He also discovered songs about the sixty-milers, countless shipwrecks and a song about the establishment of the surf life saving movement. In his talk he guarantees to press a few nautical nostalgia buttons and sing a few of his favourite sea songs.

    Thursday 7 September 2017, 2-4pm

    Eventbrite - Member Maritime Series: All at Sea

    Guardians of Sunda Strait

    Guardians of Sunda Strait - World War II loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston

    Late on the night of Saturday 28 February 1942 and into the early hours of Sunday 1 March 1942, the cruisers HMAS Perth and USS Houston fought for their lives in the Dutch East Indies.

    Against overwhelming odds – outnumbered and outgunned by a large advancing Japanese force – they fought bravely and defiantly but lost the battle. Both ships sank that dreadful night in the Battle of Sunda Strait. Join Lindsey Shaw as she unfolds this historic account.

    Lindsey Shaw is one of ANMM's Honorary Research Associates, having worked at the museum for 27 years from its inception in 1986. She was Senior Curator responsible for the museum's naval collections and most recently curated the exhibition, Guardians of Sunda Strait.

    Thursday 12 October 2017, 2-4pm

    Eventbrite - Member Maritime Series: Guardians of Sunda Strait

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