Pearling & Australia
Explore the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.
From a 2,000-year-old natural pearl found in a Kimberley rockshelter to modern lustrous pearl jewellery, Lustre: Pearling and Australia traces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands.
The exhibition delves into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.
Discover the intriguing stories behind northern Australia's unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country.
Image: Cultured pearls have renewed the pearl’s significance. Cygnet Bay Pearls.
Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 18 February to 13 August 2017.
Included in the FREE galleries ticket.
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After you visit the exhibition be sure to take a close look at the museum’s beautifully restored pearling lugger John Louis. Moored at our harbourside heritage wharves John Louis was one of the last sail-rigged working craft built in Australia.
Developed and designed by Western Australian Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777