All you museum buffs can wander around the Maritime Museum or the Powerhouse and see these amazing exhibitions.
National Maritime Museum
The Australian Maritime Museum houses a number of exhibits reflecting Australia's multifaceted relationship to our waterways and the sea. Most of the exhibits are located within the building's glittering white shell, but some are moored on Darling Harbour, or stored in the adjacent Maritime Heritage Centre in Wharf 7.
Once inside the Museum, you'll find a series of galleries featuring displays that detail aspects of Australia's indigenous and European maritime history. They include a 19th-century carved wooden figurehead from the HMAS Nelson; a cannon jettisoned from Captain Cook's Endeavour on his 1770 voyage of discovery along Australia's east coast; a bunch of vividly decorated Pukumani funeral poles from the Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Islands; a naval rescue helicopter; nautically-themed artworks; and water sports memorabilia. The world's fastest speedboat, Spirit of Australia, has also found a home here.
Outside, along the wharves, a fleet of historic vessels are moored: among them, the former Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire (on which you can take an audio-visual tour); and the naval submarine HMAS Onslow (take a daily guided tour). You can also see a pearling lugger from Broome; historic yachts; a tug boat; a lightship; a Vietnamese refugee boat; an Indonesian prahu; and a historic krait which carried Z Special Unit commandos on a successful raid on occupied Singapore during World War II.
Regular free tours take visitors behind the scenes at the Maritime Heritage Centre, and live entertainment and activities for young visitors are staged on weekends and during school holiday periods.
The Australian Maritime Museum is located at 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour. It’s open 9.30am - 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day. On Saturday 17th April 2004, 25 of Sydney’s best museums, including the Maritime & Powerhouse Museums, will be open to the public from 6pm-midnight as part of the Easter in Sydney initiative. Contact the Maritime Museum for further details. Phone: (02) 9298 3777.
Sport: More Than Heroes & Legends is a celebration of the nation’s outstanding sporting history. There’ll be something for everyone, whether you’re an athlete, a fan, a coach, an administrator or a sideline mum. Over 500 items are on display, loaned from the MCG’s Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, New South Wales Hall of Champions, private and corporate collections and the Powerhouse Museum’s stores, featuring treasured objects from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Unmask the heroes and legends, hear their stories, some familiar, some forgotten and some unknown. Learn some new sporting tips and skills or discover something you never knew about your favourite sport. You’ll have the chance to participate, you’ll get hands-on experience of scientific phenomena, have the opportunity to relive sports magic moments and find out how your body works when you play sport.
Elite and Olympic sports; Australians at the world’s games
This introductory section deals with Australia’s place within international sport. For a country with a small population, Australia has made a big mark on international sport. It is here that you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our greatest Olympic athletes. See Betty Cuthbert’s Olympic Medals; Gold medals belonging to Raelene Boyle and Debbie Flintoff-King; Taekwondo gold medallist, Lauren Burns’ outfit; the full body running suit worn by Cathy Freeman; Susie O’Neill’s Australian Olympic team training swim uniform; Ian Thorpe’s Adidas bodysuit; Kathy Watt’s cycling suit and Louise Sauvage’s race chair.
Weekend warriors and watchers; Playing the most popular sports
On weekends nearly half of us are playing or watching Australia’s favourite sports. Cricketers are spread out across ovals, courts are covered with netballers stretching and basketballers leaping, fields are filled with soccer players and footballers running, kicking and jumping. At each of these venues, fans will be found cheering and screaming their support.
Check out our MCG loans: from Bodyline and Bradman to Lillee, Border and Waugh. The Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum have also provided some extraordinary items such as memorabilia from the likes of soccer great Johnny Warren; objects belonging to rugby league legends like Dally Messenger. And with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, we’ve added a touch of the Rah Rah including items like John Eales’ Wallaby coat and Mark Ella’s Australian blazer.
Bats, balls, bows, bullets; Sports gear meets the space age
Tennis, shooting, archery and javelin are just some of the many sports that involve propelling or capturing a ball, bullet, arrow or other projectile. Find out in this section how the specialised equipment used in these sports has dramatically changed over the years in design and materials — with resulting improvements in performance.
You’ll never be so close to; Simon Fairweather’s bow and arrow; or Russell Mark’s Beretta. Then there’s loans from such stars as Beach Volleyballer Kerrie Potthurst, Hockey star Claire Mitchell-Taverner and Squash sensation Sara Fitzgerald.
Outdoors; Sports in the elements
Wind in your face, racing through water and snow, wheels on the road, soaring through the air – experiencing the natural environment is an important part of the appeal of many sports. Some of these activities have long traditions; others were born yesterday and challenge conventions.
Extreme gear includes “Jawa Speedway” motorcycle; a 12 metre kitesurfing kite; the outrigger (skiing crutch) of ski legend, Michael Milton; skate art by David Griggs; skating suit of Gold medallist, Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin’s ski’s.
Heroes and legends; and your personal best
The finale of the exhibition is Heroes and Legends. What makes a sporting hero or legend? Why are some performances – and personalities – celebrated while others are overlooked or forgotten?
Not all heroes of Australian sport are household names – some are not even players. They are the people who help make sport happen in the community, who support the elite athlete of tomorrow and who volunteer their time coaching, refereeing and organising others. They are the unsung heroes of Australian sport. In this section you will discover the Forest of Fame housing six Legends and three Unsung Heroes.