Down to the Sea in Ships


We noticed this statue of a sailor at Elizabeth Quay in Perth. It is by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith and will eventually be part of the Australian Sailor Monument in Fremantle, honouring all the men and women who have played a role in Australia’s maritime history.

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Not all the items on display in the “Travellers & Traders” exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The skull above was made on a 3D printer. It’s a replica of a skull from the ill-fated Batavia (1629). And the Ghost Net Crocodile below was made from abandoned fishing gear.

The exhibition runs through to 23 April and is well worth a visit.

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There are also some great vintage maps on display in the “Travellers and Traders” exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. This one dates from the 1620s and shows the (then) recent discoveries of Dirk Hartog.

This map was also included in a Dutch painting from the 1660s. The original painting was destroyed during World War 2, and now exists as a black and white photograph.You can see more maps from the exhibition at our Instagram page, onthemap42.

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These two old, weathered pewter plates are not the largest or most colourful items displayed in the “Travellers & Traders” exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum – but they are the most interesting, especially for West Australians.

The plate above is Dirk Hartog’s plate, which was left on Dirk Hartog Island in 1616, when the Dutch ship Eendracht visited Western Australia. That was over 150 years before Captain Cook cruised along the east coast of Australia.

Then in 1697, another Dutch ship captained by Willem de Vlamingh found Hartog’s plate, replaced it with a plate of their own, and took Hartog’s one back to Amsterdam. Today it is part of the Rijksmuseum’s collection.

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We went for a wander around Fremantle harbour recently. Had coffee in the E Shed, walked beside the A and B Sheds (left above), stopped to admire Sail Training Ship Leeuwin II, and went into the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

The current exhibition, Travellers & Traders in the Indian Ocean World, is very interesting. We’ll show you some highlights over the next few blog entries.