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MID WEST GALLERY
A winding road of discovery inspired by the Murchison River, this exhibition offers surprises and fascinating artefacts around every bend of the snaking gallery.
The exhibition consists of two major sections: natural history and social history.
In natural history, see fossils that reveal the Mid Wests prehistoric past and discover its unique native flora and fauna.
In social history explore the rich culture of the local Yamaji people, tales of European exploration and settlers of more recent times - all of whom have battled this challenging environment.
Discover the fascinating maritime history of the States midwest, from the famous Batavia mutiny, to lesser known tales such as the inspiring saga of human ingenuity displayed by Zeewijk survivors and the unknown fate of other European shipwreck survivors stranded on Western Australian shores.
The gallery features artefacts from four local shipwrecks including clay pipes, silver coins, cannons, the original Batavia stone portico and numerous other relics.
HMAS SYDNEY (II) - PRIDE OF THE FLEET
The ship HMAS Sydney (II) was lost after a fierce sea battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran on the 19 November 1941. None of the 645 crew on board the Sydney survived and this loss had a profound effect on wartime Australia, generating enormous grief and a desire to reveal the mystery of what happened on that fateful evening.
Sixty-seven years later, on 16 March 2008, the wreck of HMAS Sydney (II) was found about 112 nautical miles off Steep Point Western Australia in 2,470 metres of water. This momentous find occurred five days after the wreck of the Kormoran was also discovered.
HMAS Sydney (II) - Pride of the Fleet is the first formal exhibition to cover all major aspects of one of Australias most enduring maritime mysteries.
Pride of the Fleet gives a comprehensive overview of the story of HMAS Sydney II as well as telling some of the stories of the men who were lost and the families they left behind.
The exhibition gives due recognition to the Finding Sydney Foundation, the HMAS Sydney Search team and their work in discovering the battle site and wreck sites for both ships.
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Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Times: 9.30am - 4.00pm
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Western Australian Museum-Geraldton
1 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina Geraldton Western Australia 6530 Map
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