Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

Gina Sinozich, We are sailing the Suez Canal on our way to Australia, 2003. ANMM Collection Gift from Gina Sinozich 00037916

Sail, steam and Suez views

17 Nov 2019

This week marks the 150th anniversary of a great historic coincidence – the opening of the Suez Canal and the launch of the British tea clipper Cutty Sark.

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Coming and Going, the Sydney memorial to British child migrants by Sasha Reid, located outside the museum in Darling Harbour

Reflecting on the child migrant apology

16 Nov 2019

Ten years ago today, the Australian government made a long-awaited national apology to the thousands of former child migrants whose lives were impacted by government-sponsored child migration schemes.

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Whispers from the deep

11 Nov 2019

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Wireless radio operator, John Brown, kept a journal of his service during WWI. Brown’s journal begins just before the outbreak of WWI and concludes after Armistice.

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Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

William Bligh at war

05 Nov 2019

Fighting in both the battles of Camperdown (1797) and Copenhagen (1801), William Bligh proved to be a formidable opponent of Britain’s enemies, taking on larger and more heavily armed ships as his military prowess became clear. 

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Workers place concrete reinforcement steel in the Tooma–Tumut Tunnel, part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, 1960. Photographer Don Edwards. ANMM Collection Gift from Barbara Alysen ANMS0215[016]

Snowy stories

17 Oct 2019

Seventy years ago today, the first blast was fired in the town of Adaminaby in southern New South Wales, officially marking the start of construction on Australia’s largest engineering project – the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.

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