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Ocean Talks: Maritime Archaeology Mysteries

National Archaeology Week Special Talk: Titanic, Black Reefs and other shipwreck stories

What do the Titanic, a satellite and South Australia have in common?

Join us as we discuss these topics and more with a lively panel of maritime archaeology experts.

Hosted by Kieran Hosty, manager of the museum’s Maritime Archaeological Program.


Emily Jateff, ANMM: The last mysteries of the Titanic.
In 2005, Emily Jateff participated in the Last Mysteries of the Titanic expedition led by filmmaker and explorer James Cameron. The expedition investigated RMS Titanic using miniature remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and sent the first live video feed from the bottom of the ocean.

Paul Hundley, SWF: Boots and All – Recent Shipwreck Discoveries in the Coral Sea.
In 2018, a team of archaeologists from the Silentworld Foundation and ANMN located a mystery shipwreck at Boot Reef. Archival information narrowed down the possible identity to one of a handful of wrecks from the early 19th century, which according to legend, contained a hoard of silver coins known as ‘The Jardine Treasure’.

Dr James Hunter, ANMM: The Barque South Australian – Discovery and Documentation of South Australia’s Oldest Known Shipwreck.
In 2018, a collaborative team comprising maritime archaeologists, museum specialists and volunteers located the shipwreck site of the barque South Australian; South Australia’s oldest documented shipwreck. This talk will discuss the effort to locate South Australian and archaeological fieldwork that has taken place at the wreck site.

Irini Malliaros, SWF: Black as Reefs.
Satellite imagery of reef systems that are home to historic shipwrecks has revealed their effect on the surrounding reef ecosystem. This talk will discuss how iron is being released into the water and having a surprising and useful effect.

In partnership with The Silentworld Foundation.

Ticket includes light refreshments and exclusive access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition between 5 – 6pm.

Image: Lee Graham



Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Sydney
Located right on Darling Harbour (the Pyrmont side) at 2 Murray St, Sydney


Thursday 23 May 2019 from 6pm to 8pm


Adults: $35.00
Members: $20.00
Student: $20.00

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