Meet authors and artists

Enjoy talks and lectures by authors and artists on a range of maritime topics. Learn more about your favourite books or works of art and meet their creators.

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    Regularly attracting bestselling authors and highly regarded artists, the Maritime Museum is the best place to hear intellectual and inspiring stories straight from the creators themselves.


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  • Past Talks

    Past Talks

    Head shot of Peter FitzSimons the author wearing a red scarf 

    Members' 24th Anniversary Lunch

    Saturday 28 November, 11.30am – 2.30pm

    Peter Fitzsimons will entertain you at our annual Members Anniversary Lunch which includes a three course gourmet meal with matching wines in a beautiful harbour-side setting.

    Detail of the book cover for Southern Surveyor: stories from onboard Australia's ocean research vessel

    Book launch – Southern Surveyor: stories from on board Australia's ocean research vessel

    Friday 20 November, 4 - 6.00pm

    Join us at the launch of Michael Veitch's book about the Southern Surveyor. Warm, engaging and sometimes dramatic the adventures of the captain, crew, support staff and scientists tell stories of finding sunken WWII shipwrecks and swirling coastal vortexes, 'undiscovering' islands and watching pre-dawn fireworks from undersea volcanoes. But there are also stories of discovery which tell the legacy of scientific innovation and the impact that Southern Surveyor left in it's wake.

    A painting by Stan Stefaniak.

    FREE Talk and Tea: Maritime artist Stan Stefaniak

    Sunday 27 September, 2 - 5pm

    Join us in the Members Lounge for a FREE talk and tea with artist Stan Stefaniak, creator of the beautiful artworks hanging in the lounge.

    Stan is known for his photorealist paintings of ships of all kinds. The talk will allow Stan to explain his work and introduce us to the seven paintings featured in the lounge.

    Still from Indonesia Calling documentary.

    History Week Talk & Screening: The Black Armada & Indonesia Calling

    September 2015

    Join Black Armada exhibition curator Dr Stephen Gapps and WSU's Dr Drew Cottle for a screening of John Hughes’ fascinating documentary about a documentary, Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia.

    This award winning feature recalls the impact of a small activist film made in the midst of the 1945 boycott of Dutch shipping in Australia in assistance to the fledgling Indonesian republic; a seminal moment colourfully dubbed by journalist Rupert Lockwood as “The Black Armada”.

    Dr Drew Cottle teaches Politics and History at Western Sydney University and has published articles about the Indonesian independence struggle in Australia.

    Dr Stephen Gapps is the Curator for the ANMM exhibition Black Armada, exploring Australian and Indonesian maritime connections.


    Tim Jarvis

    Author Talk: Tim Jarvis and his Antarctic Epic

    August 2015

    This is your opportunity to be immersed in a firsthand exploration experience.

    World renowned adventurer, scientist and Shackleton devotee Tim Jarvis will once again be joining members for an exclusive talk on his Antarctic epic. In the winter of 2013, Tim Jarvis successfully recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, outfitted solely with authentic equipment from Shackleton's time.

    Lawrence Hargrave Australia's father of flight

    Author Talk: Chris Beazley on the seafaring life of Lawrence Hargrave

    July 2015

    Lawrence Hargrave is well known as Australia’s father of flight, but little is known about his maritime roots.

    Chris Beazley explains how the aviation and maritime worlds combined in Hargrave’s life, starting with his apprenticeship at the Australasian Steam Navigation Company, up to and including his shipwreck off the coast of New Guinea.

    With 6 July 2015 marking 100 years since his death, this is a great way to commemorate Hargrave’s seafaring life and achievements.

    Image credit: Undiscovered #4 (2010) © Michael Cook. ANMM Collection.

    Gallery talk: Artist In Conversation: Michael Cook

    July 2015

    Hear from renowned Aboriginal Artist Michael Cook on his photographic practice and the stories behind his series Undiscovered.

    Map - Dutch East India company

    Free lecture: Digital Access to the Dutch East India Company archives

    July 2015

    Professor Charles Jeurgens will discuss the impact of digital accessibility and use of the Dutch East India Company archives in recent years. Professor Jeurgens is a noted international expert in the historic impact of the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch along the region known as the Indian Ocean Rim.

    He is highly experienced in the interpretation of historic archival material to a wide international audience and is the Professor of Archival Studies, Leiden University, and advisor to the National Archief in The Hague.

    Photograph of an iceberg from Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis

    Artists talk & sketch session: Painting for Antarctica with Bernard Ollis and Wendy Sharpe

    June 2015

    Hear from the renowned Australian artists behind the Painting for Antarctica exhibition, Bernard Ollis and Wendy Sharpe. They'll share their insights from an Antarctic residency spent capturing the wildlife and sublime land and seascapes of the Southern Ocean and South Georgia.

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