War at Sea / HMAS Castlemaine Exhibition
1 April – 31 May 2017
Every Wednesday and Sunday, 11am-3pm
Tickets at the door, $3 Children, $5 Adults.
(Tours/Groups outside of these hours available by appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
War at Sea draws on the personal accounts of WWI Navy servicemen – through their diaries, mementoes, ship’s logs and letters home – to tell their incredible stories of bravery and sacrifice amidst the drudgery of life at sea, patrolling, blockading and escorting troopships. It also explores the mystery surrounding the loss of Australia’s first submarine AE1 and the role of the Royal Australian Bridging Train at Gallipoli in 1915.
The exhibition consists of eight display panels and four short videos which delve into different aspects of the Navy’s involvement in the Great War, largely through the voices of the servicemen who were there. The museum also makes available education kits about the exhibition for your local school to learn more about the stories behind the exhibition.
Seaworks is excited to be partnering with the HMAS Castlemaine to offer a joint excursion.
HMAS CASTLEMAINE corvette/minesweeper, was built at Williamstown Vic., 1941-42 and served with distinction during World War II in the coastal and northern waters of Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean and China Sea. She was paid off in 1945 and later used for training purposes at HMAS CERBERUS, Westernport Vic., until the early 1970’s. The Maritime Trust has now restored the vessel as a floating museum and naval memorial for the benefit of all Australians.