Navigators – defining Australia 2012 @ Australian National Maritime Museum


As you enter this exhibition, look up! The ceiling of stars shows the constellations that once helped guide navigators to Australia. If you watch long enough, you can see them twinkle. Successive waves of sailors and settlers have navigated to our shores over thousands of years. Australia has been 'discovered' many times, some of them recorded, some not. This exhibition takes us from early contacts with Asia, like the Makassan trepang trade in northern Australia, through to the European era of Dutch, French and British explorers. Follow the European story through historical maps and charts, instruments and paintings. In this exhibition you'll also find one of the museum's oldest objects. The Blaeu celestial globe dates from 1602 and was the first globe to show constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.


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