A Morning Walking Around the National Maritime Museum of Sydney
Just adjacent to the city centre of Sydney, you will find Darling Harbour, a destination of entertainment with waterfront dining, wine and cocktail bars and amazing attractions.
One of our favourites is the National Maritime Museum of Sydney. Built more than 20 years ago, on land traditionally owned by the Gadigal people. They found a rich source of fish and shellfish in the sheltered waters of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.
It opened in 1991, next to the historic 1903 Pyrmont Bridge, now a pedestrian link to the city. Inside the amazing construction, visitors can learn more about Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, immigration to the navy.
Last Sunday, the Free Entrance sign allured me to walk into it after a long time.
Apart from the ongoing exhibitions which will satisfy every history buff, don’t miss Sam J. Hood’s photographic collection Seafaring Pets, “Dogs & Cats, all at sea”.
March (At midday on 19 March 1790 HMS Sirius, flagship of the First Fleet, was wrecked on the coral reef off Slaughter Bay) marks the anniversary of the shipwreck of the HMS Sirius off Norfolk Island and it is thrilling seeing one of the three anchors which have been recovered from the wreck site in the museum. You can see another example in Macquarie Park in the center of Sydney.
HMS Sirius was the lead ship in the first fleet of 11 ships which had set out from Britain to Australia in 1787 to establish Australia’s first European settlement.
Other interesting exhibitions come from early contacts with Asia, like the Makassan trepang trade in northern Australia, through to the European era of Dutch, French and British explorers. You can follow the European story through historical maps and charts, instruments and paintings.
But, it isn’t only “old history”!
“First Woman” exhibition, opens a window into Kay’s Cottee solo adventure. Kay Cottee was the first woman to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world. She sailed over a period of 189 days from 29 November 1987 to 5 June 1988 on the Cavalier 37 yacht “BLACKMORES FIRST LADY”.
Last but not least the “EORA FIRST PEOPLE” exhibition takes you on a journey from Tasmania to Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, exploring their deep connection with the sea, through art and adornments.
Well worth a visit when you next visit Sydney. Want to know more about early Sydney History? Try this tour – click here