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Tony Albert - The Hand You’re Dealt, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Photo: Sam Noonan

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Triennial

31 Jan 2021

An exhibition closing soon at the museum reflects on two significant events in the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – the arrival of James Cook in 1770 and the 1967 Referendum that recognised them as citizens in their own country.

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'The Ones That Got Away' wearable art by Marina DeBris. Photo By Nic Walker. Outfit made from plastic bottles & cans found washed up on Coogee Beach and Gordons Bay. Commissioned by TOMRA. This image features model Laura Wells - an environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus-size models

Beach Couture: Art and activism for the oceans

21 Jan 2021

It is estimated that every year, 8 million tonnes of plastics enter our ocean. This is in addition to the estimated 150 million tonnes that currently circulate in our marine environments. A new exhibition at the museum, aims to raise awareness of this problem and prompt a change in our wasteful habits.

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Screenshot from the PS 'Herald' VR experience

The PS 'Herald' VR Experience: Seven students, one virtual dive

14 Sep 2020

How do you share a historic shipwreck with those who aren't divers or maritime archaeologists? The museum's Curator of RAN Maritime Archaeology, Dr James Hunter, teamed up with Professor Holger Deuter and seven masters students from Germany's University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern to allow anyone to participate in a 'virtual dive' on PS Herald, a wrecked sidewheel steamship that lies off North Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.

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Military personnel photographed boarding Orsova in 1916

A deadly shipmate: Surviving 'Spanish flu' aboard HMAT Orsova

19 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is turning many eyes back to 1919. Coinciding with the end of World War I, the risk of ‘Spanish’ flu coming to Australia aboard troop transports was very real. Dr Peter Hobbins explores what troopship records reveal about life, death and discipline during the pneumonic influenza pandemic.

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Sylvia Earle celebrating the ocean at the top of the world [Michael Aw]

Her deepness: Dr Sylvia Earle

13 Sep 2019

Sylvia Earle has lived underwater for a week, walked the sea floor at a (record-breaking) depth of 381 metres and has led over 50 ocean expeditions. At 84, Time’s ‘Hero for the Planet’ isn’t slowing down. We explore Sylvia's incredible career and how she is saving the ocean through Hope Spots

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