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HMAS Sydney: Australian Light Cruiser

The name Sydney is one of the most famous ever carried by an Australian warship. The first Sydney was a Town Class light cruiser; one of three ordered in 1910 which were part of the initial Australian fleet unit. Traditionally cruisers were the most versatile element of a naval force. A cruiser’s role was to go anywhere and to do anything and they were to prove particularly useful in [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:02:32+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pinnacle Desert: Moonscape Scenery

Discover the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles, which sit in Nambung National Park, along with an idyllic stretch of coastline north of Perth. It's a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. Yet the park sits on the deep blue Indian Ocean, along with an idyllic stretch of coast three hour's drive north of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:03:06+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Discoveries|Tags: , |0 Comments

The sinking of the HMAS Armidale: World War II

For Australians 1942 was the most perilous year of the Second World War. A series of victories brought Japanese forces into Australian territory in New Guinea and within a few miles of the Australian mainland. The bombing of Darwin in February heightened fears that an invasion was imminent. This exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Armidale. An important yet neglected episode in Australia's wartime history, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:16:40+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMAS Adelaide Australian Cruiser: World War II

The first Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship to be named HMAS Adelaide was a light cruiser that was a modified version of the British Town-class, which was built in Australia during the First World War. The largest engineering project was undertaken within Australia prior to the Second World War. Built around the same time were her sister ships HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Brisbane, and the first HMAS Sydney, which was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:05:07+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battle of Passchendaele: World War I

Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became infamous not only for the scale of casualties but also for the mud. Ypres was the principal town within a salient (or bulge) in the British lines and the site of two previous battles: First Ypres (October-November 1914) and Second Ypres (April-May 1915). Haig had long wanted a British offensive in Flanders and, following a warning that the German [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:49:59+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Pozières: World War I

On July 26, 1916, during the epic Battle of the Somme, Australian troops taking part in their first offensive action on the Western Front battle the Germans at the Battle of Pozières, near the Somme River in France. Divisions of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, known as ANZAC, which had previously served on the Gallipoli Peninsula during the ill-fated Allied invasion there in 1915, were given the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:53:15+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Battle of Fromelles: World War I

The Battle of Fromelles in Northern France was the scene of one of the greatest tragedies suffered by the Australian nation during the 20th century. Despite the enormous losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, British command considered that the situation in the coming days would be encouraging and that a major German retreat was to be expected. In order to destabilize the German front [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:54:21+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Convicts First Fleet: First Settlers of Australia 1788-1850

Between 1788 and 1850 the English sent over 162,000 convicts to Australia in 806 ships. The first eleven of these ships are today known as the Convicts First Fleet and contained the convicts and marines that are now acknowledged as the Founders of Australia. This is their story. Captain James Cook discovered the east coast of New Holland in 1770 and named it New South Wales. He sailed the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:16:19+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mega Structures: Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House (1957 - 1973) is a masterpiece of late modern architecture. It is admired internationally and proudly treasured by the people of Australia. It was created by a young architect who understood and recognized the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Denmark’s Jørn Utzon gave Australia a challenging, graceful piece of urban sculpture in patterned tiles, glistening in the sunlight and invitingly [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:21:59+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: Constructions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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