Aurora: plucky little ship

20 June 2017 marked 100 years since the famous polar vessel Aurora left Newcastle, Australia with a cargo of coal, never to be seen again. 

The museum recently accepted the gift of the ship’s lifebuoy, recovered from the seas six months later. 

A powerful emblem, with the ghost lettering of its famous Antarctic expeditions on its rim, it acts as a lifeline to all the sailors, whalers, scientists, workers, expeditioners and sealers whose lives, toils and achievements were entwined with it.


Read the epic story of the vessel that took Australia to Antarctica, then see it in the Tasman Light Gallery until November 2017.


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