Exhibition at the Maritime Museum

posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:36 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 6:38 PM ]
John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes...

The MMT has some exciting news!!

  Over the last few weeks, we have been very, very busy.   And now the efforts of our fine volunteers and staff have paid off with the opening last Friday of our next major exhibition – “THE TURNING TIDE, Australia’s War at Sea in 1942” in the Carnegie Gallery.

 This exhibition looks at Australia's naval war in the Pacific and south-east Asia during the dark days of 1942 - a pivotal year during the Second World War.  Not only does the exhibition deal with the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 and other key naval engagements, it also deals with the war effort in Tasmania.  We have found some wonderful material dealing with wartime industries like the Zinc Works, local naval defence efforts, and visiting troopships to Hobart. And there are the little known stories including German mines laid in Storm Bay and Bass Strait, and the Japanese reconnaissance flight over Hobart!  

  Many thanks to all our volunteers for their help.  Thanks also to Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Brian Morrison (Warships and Marine Corps Museum), Rex Cox, Graeme Broxam, Roger Dewar, the Minett family and the RAAF Museum for loaning paintings, photographs, objects and models.  Also a big thanks to the Australian National Maritime Museum for loaning two videos, which run continuously through the exhibition. The exhibition has been made possible through a grant from the State Government Centenary of Anzac program, in part to acknowledge the significance of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

  We hope that you can come and inspect the exhibition. Open every day 9-5 from now until 3 November. SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON.

By the way, if you would like to have a group visit and/or a guided tour of the exhibition, please contact us.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Corner Argyle and Davey Streets, Hobart TAS 7000 

POSTAL ADDRESS: GPO Box 1118 Hobart Tas 7001

  Ph (03) 6234 1427 for the Maritime Museum or me on 0417 487 289

Please note I normally work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the MMT, but am available on mobile at other times

Photo source: navy.gov.au  http://bit.ly/2vyh6wO