Submerged: Stories of Australia's Shipwrecks: Moruya Historical museum until Oct 26th

Moruya and District Historical Society presents:

Submerged: Stories of Australia's Shipwrecks

Most objects have the ability to tell thousands of stories. This toilet seat cover and lid, taken from the wreck of the Monaro at Kellys Point Bingie Bingie in 1879 is no exception. Thankfully most of this object's stories will remain untold.


Moruya & District Historical Society is hosting the Australian National Maritime Museum’s touring exhibition SUBMERGED: Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks from Saturday 1 September - Friday 26 October.

The exhibition is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council and is the result of a national project with workshops held across the country to develop the exhibition and to source shipwreck stories.

The exhibition features stories about the wrecks of merchant vessels, steamers, schooners, whalers and a submarine. The oldest wreck featured is WA’s Batavia. Its 1629 loss on Beacon Island, and subsequent mutiny, is one of the most dramatic events in Dutch and Australian history.

Other wrecks include Sanyo Maru, a Japanese motor vessel lost in 1937 in Boucaut Bay NT, British merchant ship Sydney Cove lost in 1797 off Preservation Island, Tasmania and the paddle steamer Wagga Wagga which sank at Narrandera, NSW in 1913.

The exhibition also features one shipwreck from outside Australia – Australia’s second submarine HMAS AE2 which was lost in 1915 during the First World War in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey.

Local shipwrecks include the Rover, lost in Broulee Bay in 1841, the Monaro, wrecked on Kelly’s Point, Bingie in 1879 and the Kameruka,sunk off Pedro Point in1897.

The official launch will be held on the 1st of September at 2pm.

Submerged will be opened by the Mayor of Eurobodalla Shire Council, Liz Innes followed by a light afternoon tea.

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