The death of Captain Barker

Barkers Knoll, sea outlet of the Murray 1840.  ANMM Collection

Barkers Knoll, sea outlet of the Murray 1840.
ANMM Collection

In Australia’s past, there were many unsung heroes whose quiet achievements deserve to be remembered, and it is often only by chance that they are brought to light. I recently came across a simple sketch of a remote and windswept piece of coastline in South Australia, and would have continued reading if I had not noticed the handwritten note on the top, “Spot where Captain Barker was murdered”. Although the area, particularly nearby Kangaroo Island, had been sporadically used by sealers since the mid 1700s, there was no settlement there in 1831 when Captain Barker visited. It seemed an unusual place for a murder to happen. As it turned out, not only was it a most unlikely location but Captain Barker was a most unlikely victim. Continue reading

Farewell Fremantle

Tomorrow (6 January) Endeavour will depart Fremantle at 11 am with a new voyage crew onboard, destined for Albany. If you are in the area, please feel free to come down and bid us farewell!

We are due to arrive at Albany Waterfront Marina, Princess Royal Harbour on 12 January and will be open to the public from 14 – 18 January.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a guide or overnight shipkeeper during our Albany port visit, please get in touch. All of the information can be found on our website.

Fair winds!

Bunbury! Last school group port for 2011

The students from Manjimup Education Support Centre were among the lucky 803 students to visit HMB Endeavour while she was in port at Bunbury from 9 – 13 November. As you can see from the photos they loved it! Several of these students had fathers and grandfathers who worked in the timber industry at the time the replica was being built in Fremantle. It really goes to show that this voyage is all about living history.

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre arrive at Endeavour

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre boarding Endeavour

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre

Manjimup Education Suppport Centre onboard Endeavour

The next port where we’ll be open to the public is Albany from 14 – 18 January 2012,  during school holidays. We are now taking school bookings for our visit in Port Lincoln at the start of February 2012. Anyone looking to book in a school visit, please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you onboard!

Volunteer callout: Western Australia

We are in need of additional volunteer visitor guides and overnight shipkeepers  for our upcoming port visits in Western Australia.  No experience is necessary and full training is provided. If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.

Port dates
Fremantle: 14 Oct – 1 Nov 2011
Bunbury: 9 – 13 Nov 2011
Albany: 14 – 18 Jan 2012

As a guide you will share the history of this great vessel with the visitors onboard Endeavour. Don’t worry – you will be provided information packs and training! You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn after a day onboard Endeavour!

If sleeping in a hammock is more your style, you may like to take on the role of overnight shipkeeper. In a small team you will be responsible for keeping Endeavour safe while in port. Previous maritime experience not necessary and training is provided.

Here’s a piece of advice from a Shane Trimby,  Endeavour volunteer in Cairns:

Just do it. You will love it, the crew will help you with your knowledge of the Endeavour and it will be something that you will never regret doing.”

Read a full interview with Shane and also Kit Edwards, who volunteered as a guide and shipkeeper in Darwin.

Complete an online volunteer application today or contact the museum’s volunteer office for more information on email or fax (02) 9298 3729 or phone (02) 9298 3777.