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.

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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Women in their swimming costumes on the beach at Lindeman Island, Queensland, Christmas 1928

Frolicking and Fossicking: Touring the Great Barrier Reef in 1928

17 Feb 2020

Over two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef region each year, with the coral reef continuing to rank in the top 10 ‘must do before you die’ travel lists. But it was not always so. Curatorial Assistant Myffanwy Byrant looks at the origins of this tourist destination with the Embury Expedition in 1928.

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Swimcap

Vintage beach glamour: Five stylish swimming caps

16 Jan 2020

Swimming caps were a popular fashion accessory in the 1950s and 1960s, with decorated caps the new vogue. We've selected our top five favourite swimming caps from the collection, featuring bright colours, applique and bedazzled jewels! 

 

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Advertising poster showing a woman surfing at the beach

Vintage beach glamour: Five stylish swimming caps

13 Jan 2020

Swimming caps were a popular fashion accessory in the 1950s and 1960s, with decorated caps the new vogue. We've selected our top five favourite swimming caps from the collection, featuring bright colours, applique and bedazzled jewels! 

 

 

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Itata shipwreck - Sydney Harbour

4 surprising shipwrecks of Sydney Harbour

20 Sep 2019

Sydney Harbour is known for its beautiful scenery, ferries, sailing... but did you know that there are several shipwreck sites in the harbour too? Here are the stories of just four that might surprise you!

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