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.

Reflected IR photograph, created by the conservation team to study the Blaeu globe. Image: Katie Wood/ANMM.

What's in the world?

04 Jul 2019

The Blaeu globe is one of the oldest objects in the collection. Recently the conservation team carried out visual and photographic analysis to work out how this globe was made and find out what has happened to it over the last 400 years…

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Annette Kellerman: The Mermaid from Marrickville

03 Jul 2019

When you think of the images associated with cigarette packaging today, it doesn’t come close to this photograph of the famous Australian swimming star, Annette Kellerman. This cigarette card features a promotional still of Kellerman for her leading role in the film, A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

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Two women and a baby. Photo: Samuel J Hood. ANMMCollection 00034602

Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers

10 May 2019

As Mother’s Day approaches a maritime museum is not usually a place one would look for motherly sentiment. Yet here at the museum and the Vaughan Evans Library there are small yet extraordinary reminders of what motherhood can mean.

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Gervaise Purcell, 1954 hats

Hats off to Gervaise Purcell

07 May 2019

Most lovers of Australian photography will be familiar with the iconic images of Max Dupain. However, they may not be as familiar with the work of one of his extraordinary contemporaries - Gervaise Purcell.

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Japanned papier-mâché tea tray bearing the patent mark of Henry Clay and painted with a scene of the death of Captain Cook. Image Andrew Frolows/ANMM

Anyone for tea?

15 Apr 2019

The death of Captain Cook may seem a bizarre scene for a tea tray, but such an item was the perfect gift for wealthy industrialist Henry Bolckow.

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