The Esther Williams Trophy


The thing that most impressed me about the RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Heritage Centre is its focus on the leisure and off-duty activities of sailors at sea and in port (ok, maybe not all of them!). A significant part the Centre’s exhibits is focused on giving the visitor an understanding of what it was, and is, like to live on a warship and an understanding of the traditions and pastimes of the Navy and how these reinforce the spirit of a fighting service. Continue reading “The Esther Williams Trophy”

RAN Heritage Centre (Naval Museum)


For two reasons, I suspect, not many people visit the RAN Heritage Centre.

Firstly, from the name they have no idea what it is – it is the flagship museum of a small number of Australian navy museums – and secondly, they hear reference to its location on Garden Island, an active naval base, and assume it is going to be difficult to visit for security reasons – it is not. Continue reading “RAN Heritage Centre (Naval Museum)”

Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse


Lest my reader be surprised at seeing a lighthouse on the waterfront of the perfectly calm Darling Harbour I should explain that it is an exhibit of the adjacent Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). Given it size, it perhaps goes without saying that the lighthouse is part of museum’s permanent galleries collection. I actually say this because, being part of this collection it is free to visit the lantern room, though you do have to be on a tour to do so. More on that later. Continue reading “Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse”

Little Boats at the Maritime Museum


In my separate review, Big Boats at the Maritime Museum, I gave brief details on the larger vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum which I feel are worth boarding and thus buying a BIG ticket at A$30 to do so, especially so if the special exhibition on at the time of your visit is of interest as the BIG ticket gives access to it as well. Continue reading “Little Boats at the Maritime Museum”