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Dirk Hartog landing site 1616 at Cape Inscription, Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia. Image: Nicola Bryden / © Copyright Department of the Environment.
A Chance Encounter: Dirk Hartog’s Landing in 1616

Posted on September 19, 2016

Four hundred years ago, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog (1580–1621) sailed into history when, on 25 October 1616, he made the first documented European landing on the west coast of Australia.

A fishing boat called Freedom: the story of Tu Do

Posted on April 30, 2015

Learn about the amazing journey of Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do after the Fall of Saigon, and its restoration at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Captain William Fowler. ANMM Collection: ANMS1397[007].
An Australian Sailor in the Spanish Civil War

Posted on August 02, 2016

William Fowler was an Australian merchant sailor who found himself caught up in the Spanish Civil War, running blockades and rescuing refugees from the Basque region.

Four Aboriginal watercraft from the museum’s collection. IMAGE: ANDREW FROLOWS.
Australia's First Watercraft

Posted on December 15, 2016

From canoes to rafts and rediscovering traditional techniques, explore the history and types of watercraft used by Australia's Indigenous people.

Australian Lighthouses

Posted on August 14, 2015

Learn about the 100-year history of Commonwealth lighthouses and explore some of Australia's famous lighthouses – the tallest, the oldest and the most isolated – located all around our vast coastline.

39 foot gaff cutter AKARANA. ANMM Collection 00001600. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.
Australian Sailing

Posted on December 04, 2017

How the playful forces of wind and sea led to world sporting domination.

Black Armada

Posted on August 17, 2015

On 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. Learn more about Australia’s role during the Indonesian independence struggle and the so-called 'Black Armada'.

The explosion of the MV Neptuna and clouds of smoke from oil storage tanks. In the foreground is HMAS Deloraine, which escaped damage.
Bombing of Darwin

Posted on February 19, 2017

Remembering 75 years since the Bombing of Darwin - the first attack by Japanese forces on the Australian mainland after Australia had officially declared war on Japan in 1941.

DP World Australia container terminal, Port Botany, photo Glenn Duffus, 2015. Reproduced courtesy DP World Australia.

Posted on November 01, 2017

The box changed the world. Seaborne trade accounts for 90% of all global trade and it relies on a humble steel box. Do you know the story behind this revolution?

Submarine AE2
First in at Gallipoli: submarine AE2

Posted on April 23, 2015

Read about the harrowing voyage of Australian submarine AE2 during the Gallipoli campaign, and its rediscovery a century later in the Sea of Mamara.