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Australian Maritime Museum Council exhibition coming to Cundletown Museum

The Marion Mayfield tug was built for John Wright of Tuncurry. The model, made by Ian Goulding of Port Macquarie, will be on exhibit at Cundletown Museum.
The Marion Mayfield tug was built for John Wright of Tuncurry. The model, made by Ian Goulding of Port Macquarie, will be on exhibit at Cundletown Museum.

Australia's history is populated with maritime related stories. With more than 1000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the water,

The exhibition "Remarkable - Stories of Australians and their boats" presents some of those stories, exploring the remarkable connection between people and their boats. It is on at Cundletown Museum from June 26 to August 8.

"Remarkable", created by the Australian Maritime Museum Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum, provides an opportunity for regional audiences to hear national and local stories.

Thirty four stories were nominated by maritime museums and heritage institutions from around Australia with 12 of the most compelling stories selected for the exhibition.

In addition, Cundletown Museum will feature several model ships, providing a connection with boats utilised on the local waterways of the Wallamba, Manning and Hastings rivers. These are on loan from Ian Goulding of Port Macquarie.

The artefacts and memorabilia located in Cundletown Museum's "Maritime Room" will also enhance appreciation of the importance of maritime activities in our area's development.

The museum is open 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday and tour groups are welcome. The museum will open on Mondays for groups with prior arrangements. Bookings are essential and COVID restrictions apply. Contact Margaret Love on 0428 522 556 or 6553 9574 for details.

"After a period of drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and floods, the chance for regional communities to enhance a national exhibition with their own content is a great opportunity for outreach and community development," director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Kevin Sumption said. "It gives affected communities the chance to share their stories both locally and nationally."

The "Remarkable" exhibition is on an 18 month national tour across regional Australia. All 34 submitted shipwreck stories are available on the AMMC website.

The project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Vision of Australia program.