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Moruya & District Historical Society is hosting the Australian National Maritime Museum’s touring exhibition SUBMERGED: Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks from Saturday 1 September – Friday 26 October. Check with https://www.mdhs.org.au/ for museum opening hours.

SUBMERGED will be opened by the Mayor of Eurobodalla Shire Council, Liz Innes.

A light afternoon tea will follow the official launch at the museum at 2 pm.

DATE: Saturday, 1 September 2018
TIME: 2 pm
VENUE: Moruya Museum
COST: Note Donation (includes entry and afternoon tea
RSVP: For catering purposes please email the secretary at secretary@mdhs.org.au (using LAUNCH in the subject line) if you will be attending.

The exhibition is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council and is the result of a national project with workshops held across the country to develop the exhibition and to source shipwreck stories.

The exhibition features stories about the wrecks of merchant vessels, steamers, schooners, whalers and a submarine. The oldest wreck featured is WA’s Batavia. Its 1629 loss on Beacon Island, and subsequent mutiny, is one of the most dramatic events in Dutch and Australian history.

Other wrecks include Sanyo Maru, a Japanese motor vessel lost in 1937 in Boucaut Bay NT, British merchant ship Sydney Cove lost in 1797 off Preservation Island, Tasmania and the paddle steamer Wagga Wagga which sank at Narrandera, NSW in 1913.

The exhibition also features one shipwreck from outside Australia – Australia’s second submarine HMAS AE2 which was lost in 1915 during the First World War in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey.

Local shipwrecks include the Rover, lost in Broulee Bay in 1841, the Monaro, wrecked on Kelly’s Point, Bingie in 1879 and the Kameruka,sunk off Pedro Point in1897.

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