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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.

DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic Creative.
Full Ocean Depth

Posted on September 28, 2018

Discover the challenges faced to engineer a vessel capable of taking humanity to the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep at the heart of the Mariana Trench.

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.

The Payne family chronometer.
Longitude: A Story Comes Full Circle

Posted on May 05, 2016

Explore the history of how the measurement of time and distance developed - from tracking the sun to Einstein conceiving his the theory of relativity.

Initial attack on Pearl Harbor. A captured Japanese photograph. Image: USA National Archives.
Pearl Harbor Remembered

Posted on December 08, 2016

It is 75 years since the catastrophic attack which marked the USA's entry into World War II and Australia officially declaring war with Japan. Australian filmmaker Russell Dority recounts his father's first-hand experience of Pearl Harbor.

Percy Hockings: watercolours from the north

Posted on September 09, 2015

Find out about Percy Hockings’ rare collection of watercolours documenting the people, plants and pearling luggers of Thursday Island.

Escape from Pompeii. Image: ANMM.
Pompeii and the Roman Navy

Posted on April 04, 2017

A heroic ancient rescue attempt: How Pliny the Elder led the Roman navy on a voyage to save the people of Pompeii during the cataphoric eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.

Johnnie and Mehmet. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM..
Remembering AE2: Johnnie and Mehmet

Posted on August 19, 2016

'Johnnie and Mehmet', is a striking sculpture which commemorates the engagement between WW1 Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS AE2 and Turkish torpedo boat Sultanhisar.

Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica

Posted on March 30, 2015

Follow Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 through rare historic photographs, maps and artefacts.