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SY Ena

 

SY ENA is an Edwardian steam yacht built in Australia and one of only three that remain extant in the country.

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Lady Hopetoun

Lady Hopetoun

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John Louis

John Louis

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MB172

MB 172

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Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud

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Mayflower

Mayflower

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Thistle

Thistle

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Before the mast… before the boom

29 Oct 2013

Think of Western Australia and red earth, big skies and endless, timeless landscapes come to mind. That and the monumentalism of the mining boom, its huge trucks, open cut mines and mind boggling economics.

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AUSTRALIA II, the winged keel and more

24 Sep 2013

Australia II has become one of the nation’s most recognisable vessels, thanks to that extraordinary America’s Cup win in 1983. Almost everyone knows about its winged keel that seemed to make it unbeatable.

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The Sleeping Beauties

28 Aug 2013

War, for all of its awful consequences, produces some fascinating advances in technology and some very curious inventions. Some have transferred their purposes to civilian society (the modern computer, the humble slinky) but others are too strange, too specialised to have ever left the realm of warfare.

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A tale of self-rescue

10 Jul 2013

Sometimes when it all goes pear-shaped you have to find a way to extract yourself from the situation. The gaff rigged 28 foot long Maluka and its crew got into and out of desperate circumstances late in 1935, helped a Christmas pudding, a lucky unplanned arrival onshore and their practical, bushman’s can-do resolve.

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Rescue - the Australian surf boats

09 Jul 2013

Famous throughout Australia as a symbol of the surf, surf clubs and the surf lifesaving movement, the surf lifesaving boat is an Australian class of boat evolved to suit the coastal beaches.

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Rescue - early Australian Lifeboats

01 Jul 2013

The coastline of Australia has some particularly exposed and dangerous areas, and a notable graveyard of accidents is the southwest coastline of Victoria and across to South Australia.

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East of India: a soldier settler of the Central West

14 May 2013

The small village of Rockley, 35km south of Bathurst in NSW, has a heritage that echoes of both England and India. The three locations are linked by the adventurous life of one man; soldier settler Watson Augustus Steel, whose life I began to look into in the lead up to the museum’s East of India exhibition.

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