Exhibition Explores Australians Love of Boats

Liz Pidgeon

7 November, 2022

Image: Kay Cottee on Blackmore’s First Lady, Andrew Frolows, Australian National Maritime Museum

Remarkable – Stories of Australians and their boats
Australia’s history is populated with maritime related stories. With over 1,000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the water.

This November and continuing for most of summer, selected libraries are hosting a travelling exhibition presenting some of those stories, exploring the remarkable connections between people and their boats. Remarkable – Stories of Australians and their boats is on an 18-month national tour across regional Australia.

34 stories were nominated by maritime museums and heritage institutions from around Australia with 12 of the most compelling stories selected to feature in the exhibition. All 34 submitted Remarkable stories are available on the AMMC website in a digital archive at Blog Posts.

Remarkable, is created by the Australian Maritime Museums Council (AMMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum The project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Vision of Australia program.

Sailing on the Yan Yean Reservoir and Yarra River have historically been a local pastime. The Sugarloaf Sailing Club offers training for beginners. The Eltham Sea Scouts and Ivanhoe Sea Scouts  are local youth groups with a particular love of water participating in boating activities locally. The Northern Suburbs Fly Fishing Club have enjoyed fly fishing at Yarrambat Lake since 1971.

The exhibition will be at the following libraries:
Eltham Library – 14 November 2022 to 14 December 2022
Lalor Library – 19 December 2022 to 29 January 2023
Watsonia Library – 12 December 2022 to 29 January 2023*

Eltham Library is hosting a guest speaker Nick Cree who will speak about experiences of European migrants who arrived in Australia by boat on the 28 November.

The exhibition is supported by a short film Moogy’s Yuki, a documentary about the building of a canoe.  A film screening will take at Watsonia library on 15 December 2022. 

Lalor Library will host a speaker who will speak about the Merri Creek on Thursday 19 January 2023.  

This exhibition will appeal to the general public and maritime enthusiasts.

Enjoy these related titles via Kanopy:

At the Canoe Camp

Earl's Canoe

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

*Please note that the dates are correct; however, there are duplicate sets of the exhibition available for YPRL to show at multiple locations.

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