Cruises has created history with a new onboard exhibition showcasing major
moments from Australia's past.
exhibition, titled Defining Moments in Australian History has been developed
in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and will feature onboard
the cruise line's record fleet of five Australian-based ships until 2021.
public discussion, online resources and community events, the initial program
at the Museum in Canberra identified 100 key defining moments in Australian
history, including the opening of the Sydney Opera House, evidence of
Indigenous Australians on this continent over 50,000 years ago and the
formation of the children's entertainment group The Wiggles.
existing content and images, the Museum then designed and produced 20 panels
that provide an introduction to Australia and its people, for display on
panels form part of the onboard exhibit, giving an overview of key events that
define Australian history, along with several artifacts, exclusive to the
Princess exhibition, which are on show for guests to view. These include
convict leg irons, a Dead Man's Penny (memorial plaque) and Aboriginal stone
Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the
response from guests had been extremely positive.
had a great reaction from our guests. On exhibition days the atrium is packed
with people who are curious to see what moments have made the top 100, they
love it," Mr Allison said.
Museum Deputy Director – Collections and Content, Janda Gooding said the
National Museum was delighted to partner with Princess Cruises to bring its Defining
Moments in Australian History project to an even wider audience.
National Museum is committed to sharing high quality Australian-history
storytelling with as many people as possible and travelling exhibitions like
this one allow even more people to enjoy our programs," Dr Gooding said.
also been very pleased to be able to operate a special program on Emerald
Princess throughout the summer season, with a National Museum curator onboard
to present the Defining Moments project and engage with guests," she
success of the program is the level of public involvement, so the Museum is
inviting Princess guests to join the debate about the nation's past during
their cruise, and to suggest a defining moment of their own.
short video, featuring interviews on the streets of Sydney and Melbourne and
with author Tom Keneally and historian Michelle Arrow, has also been produced
for the exhibit and will be shown on Princess' ships several times during each
cruise that features the exhibition.
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