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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.

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.

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.

Sydney’s inverted bow section is illuminated by an ROV during the 2015 survey. Image: WA Museum and Curtin University. Copyright WA Museum.
Into the Abyss

Posted on November 18, 2016

Remembering the naval engagement between HMAS Sydney (II)) and HSK Kormoran seventy-five years on.

Pearl shell decorated with tufts of cassowary feathers by Richard David of Yam Island, Torres Strait. ANMM Collection 00018113.
Living Waters: Shellwork in Indigenous Art and Culture

Posted on March 16, 2016

Discover how traditional Indigenous shellwork techniques are being embraced to explore contemporary reflections about sea, sailing and water.