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Matt Poll, the ANMM’s new Manager Indigenous Programs

Kevin Sumption, CEO and Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), is delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Poll as the museum’s Manager Indigenous Programs.

‘We are very pleased to have secured Matt from the University of Sydney where he has built an impressive reputation as Assistant Curator of Indigenous Heritage. His experience was built first at the Macleay Museum and most recently at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum. Matt brings over 20 years’ experience and understanding of First Nations cultural and arts practice to our museum and is the perfect person to continue to shape both our Indigenous programs and the National Maritime Collection.’

Matt, who is of South Sea and Torres Strait Islander heritage, said ‘I have been incredibly fortunate over many years to work with indigenous communities and knowledge custodians who have generously provided me with learning experiences through which I have developed a unique understanding of the important need for authenticity in how Indigenous voices are to be brought to the forefront of representing Indigenous culture today.  Accountability and authenticity are not only a part of the consultation process, but more importantly, need to be shown as tangible and visible aspects of public programming and exhibitions outcomes. Continue reading MARITIME MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW FIRST NATIONS MANAGER


The Australian National Maritime Museum in association with the Sydney  Festival presents Badu by ERTH. 

Journey into the wild wonders of  our ocean with an immersive experience that features beautiful puppetry, visual effects and multi media.  

‘Badu’ is an Indigenous word meaning ‘water’ which reflects on the preciousness and the wonder of  aquatic life in Sydney Harbour.

Audience members will meet a lively cast of aquatic creatures including humpback whales, grey nurse and  bull sharks, stingrays, musical mulletfish, leafy sea dragons and bioluminescent jellyfish. Continue reading BADU BY ERTH OPENS AT AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM


Susannah Fullerton says it’s time to discuss the wonderful variety of men in literature – romantic heroes, dastardly villains, schoolboys, men of action, serving men and their masters, cads and fools. She’ll talk about sexy men, muddled men, men who are treacherous, confused, cool under fire, or the ‘strong and silent’ types. And the literary works in which they appear will provide you with comedy and tragedy, adventure and violence, piety and devotion. Come along and hear about some well known literary men and the writers who created them. Hopefully you’ll meet some interesting new ones too. Continue reading LITERARY LECTURES : MEN, GLORIOUS MEN, HAMLET TO JAMES BOND

Through These Lines

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As we lead into the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC tradition, established in Gallipoli through the fierce bravery and camaraderie displayed by the Australian and New Zealand troops under the most appalling conditions, we welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the stories of these soldiers and their sacrifice. However, there were also Australian and New Zealand women who endured hardship and experienced great trauma during WW1, – the nurses. It is heartening to see their stories are being told as well, without gloss or glamour.

THROUGH THESE LINES writer and ensemble member, Cheryl Ward (she plays the fair but strict Matron Ada Watson) demonstrates extensive research and effective manipulation of techniques and emotions to bring to life the story of Sister Florence Whiting, (Kate Skinner). Continue reading Through These Lines