Virtual Exhibition walk through: Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA

Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages.

In a life from which children and families are usually missing, pets provided an important source of comfort and affection.

Photographer Samuel Hood boarded hundreds of ships between 1900s and 1950s that were moored in Sydney Harbour.

He took thousands of photographs of crew members, from deckhands to the captain as a souvenir of their visit or to send home to families and loved ones.

Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA is an exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, but, as always, we will be adding local stories and objects into this exhibition, keep an eye on our facebook page.

Image Credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

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Exhibition Opening: Cats & Dogs All At Sea

Please join us for our next temporary exhibition opening!

Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages. In a life from which children and families are usually missing, pets provided an important source of comfort and affection.
Photographer Samuel Hood boarded hundreds of ships between 1900s and 1950s that were moored in Sydney Harbour. He took thousands of photographs of crew members, from deckhands to the captain as a souvenir of their visit or to send home to families and loved ones.
Nearly all the photographs are posed formal portraits. In some, the sitter has chosen to be photographed with their beloved pet. More than just a ship’s mascot, these animals and crew solemnly express the clear attachment that exists between them. Hood captured some of these relationships in his images, understanding the special role these animals played on a ship’s journey.

Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA is an exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, but, as always, we will be adding local stories and objects into this exhibition. Do you have a story of a maritime pet? We’d love to hear it!

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Exhibition: Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA

Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages.

In a life from which children and families are usually missing, pets provided an important source of comfort and affection.

Photographer Samuel Hood boarded hundreds of ships between 1900s and 1950s that were moored in Sydney Harbour.

He took thousands of photographs of crew members, from deckhands to the captain as a souvenir of their visit or to send home to families and loved ones.

Cats & Dogs: ALL AT SEA is an exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, but, as always, we will be adding local stories and objects into this exhibition.

Do you have a story of a maritime pet? We’d love to hear it!

Image Credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

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Exhibition: Modern Sublime

Little Gallery Exhibition: Modern Sublime

Traditionally, the ‘sublime’ has referred to feelings of awe inspired by nature. However, in the 20th century, the notion of the industrial sublime emerged – the feeling of awe induced by machines, technology and progress. Modern Sublime explores this idea, with focus on the Edgell factory. Devonport was once the largest processor of peas in Tasmania, this playing a vital role in the economy of North West Tasmania. This exhibition traces the journey of the humble pea from harvest, to factory and store, through images which celebrate technology, machinery and production.

DID YOU WORK AT EDGELL IN NORTH WEST TASMANIA?

You can share your memories with us in a comment when you visit the gallery, or go to the gallery’s Facebook page and comment on the images, which will be posted regularly during the exhibition period.  Your comments will be added to a PowerPoint presentation which is playing in in the gallery.*

Image Credit: Bert & Albert Robinson, Gordon Edgell and Sons Pty Ltd, 1961, The Robinson Collection, R13350. These images are used with the permission  of Simplot Australia.

Curated by: Erin Wilson

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