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Curators love collections and the stories they hold but less than ten percent of our collection can be displayed in the Museum at any time. Scuttlebutt goes to the ninety percent behind the scenes. Here's the latest.

Anna and Fredrick Gadd - mariners

Anna Gadd, her spouse Johan Frederik Gadd and her young son Julius Gadd, of Abo/Turku Finland spent many years at sea, sailing all over the world and, in particular, to  South Australia. Their ships, three and four masted, brought goods to Australia and carried grain from South Australia’s wheat belt to Europe.  Read more about Anna and Fredrick Gadd - mariners >

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Gladys in Quarantine

The Torrens Island Quarantine Station (TIQS) story continues to unfold with the discovery of the diary of Gladys Ward at the State Library of South Australia. Gladys was a passenger on Strathaird in August 1938. Read more about Gladys in Quarantine >

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Archie’s Coxswains

Without its team of qualified coxswains, South Australian Maritime Museum’s historic launch Archie Badenoch wouldn’t be able to leave its berth with regular groups of excited school children onboard. It is important to mention is that the coxswains and crew are all volunteers. Read more about Archie’s Coxswains >

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dead man & the canoe (Portland Canal)

I was walking the line behind Port Dock Station
the old woolstores gave a strange vibration
strapped up with steel, wood beams and bricks
it was about a  time I almost missed  
when a world was dying, old ways of working being eclipsed
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Miss Kate Hutton: Outer Harbor’s ‘Goat Lady’

Motorists travelling to Outer Harbor in the 1940s and 1950s would invariably have to contend with a horde of livestock across the roadway near Taperoo. This odd impediment and hindrance to free passage was Kate Hutton’s substantial goat herd. Read more about Miss Kate Hutton: Outer Harbor’s ‘Goat Lady’ >

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Why I have a crush on Matthew Flinders

At the tender age of 27, Matthew Flinders took command of HMS Investigator under Admiralty instructions to chart and explore the last unknown Australian coast between the Great Australian Bight and the Victorian coast. Read more about Why I have a crush on Matthew Flinders >

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The Port Adelaide Sailing Club

Just below the north-west end of Port Adelaide’s Birkenhead Bridge is an empty inlet, without boats or any sign of human activity.  Apart from the derelict buildings at one end of the basin, the area is now not dissimilar to the mudflats that existed there during early development of the area.  Y Read more about The Port Adelaide Sailing Club >

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A Port Adelaide Dredge’s Forgettable Career

In the early morning of 2nd October 1979, the night watchman on the dredge H.C. Meyer, Wally Patro, contacted the signal station at Outer Harbour advising that the vessel had developed a dangerous list and that he was about to abandon ship. Read more about A Port Adelaide Dredge’s Forgettable Career >

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Naval Gunner’s Historic Journal Revealed

When the South Australian Maritime Museum received a donation of various personal possessions that previously belonged to a naval officer who had served in South Australia's colonial gunboat, HMCS Protector, there was a further unexpected windfall. Read more about Naval Gunner’s Historic Journal Revealed >

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Whiz Bang IV

Whiz Bang IV belongs to the last generation of timber powerboats. Its plywood clinker hull was built by JP Clausen & Sons of Jenkins Street Port Adelaide in 1959. Read more about Whiz Bang IV >

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