The Australian Journeys gallery explores the journeys of people to and from Australia and the social, political and economic impacts of those journeys. Here are some of the objects that were previously on show in the gallery. These objects are from the National Museum's collections, unless otherwise stated.
All photos by George Serras, Lannon Harley, Dragi Markovic and Dean McNicoll, unless otherwise stated.
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'Maris Pacifici quod vulgo Mar del Zur' map (Pacific Ocean, currently known as the South Sea) by Abraham Ortelius
European imaginings of the Great South Land
Map by Abraham Ortelius, hand-coloured print from an engraved copper plate published by Plantin Press, Antwerp, 1595.
Ortelius's map included up-to-date information from European explorers who had visited the Pacific. It also reproduced ideas about the Southern Hemisphere from ancient Greek times. Made before any European is known to have set foot on the Australian continent, Maris Pacifici perpetuated the northern belief that at the bottom of the world was a great south land.
Embroidered map samplers
European voyages of discovery
These samplers were probably sewn by a young Englishwoman in about 1800. She drew her maps onto the silk from a pattern created to teach ladies geography. The maker has added her own touches, tracing Captain James Cook's three voyages into the Pacific with tiny stitches. The samplers show the new British settlement in Australia at Port Jackson, founded in the wake of Captain James Cook's voyage.
Sitting in an English drawing room, the embroiderer has sewn the coastline of 'New Holland or Terra Australis' from the accounts of Spanish, Dutch, French and British sailors.
Launch the Voyaging with a needle - Flash interactive (Flash 9 compatible – download Flash )
Sir Andrew Snape Hamond's Pembroke work table
A First Fleet journey
In about 1790 First Fleet Surgeon-General John White sent his patron, Sir Andrew Snape Hamond, some planks cut from a tree growing near the new settlement at Port Jackson.
He probably hoped a gift of rare, exotic timber would help retain Snape Hamond's good favour — the British naval officer could exert a powerful influence over White's career.
In New South Wales, the colonists called the timber 'beefwood', because the freshly cut logs resembled salted meat. In London, a cabinet-maker sliced the precious timber into thin veneers to top this small Pembroke work table. It sat in the drawing room of Snape Hamond's home in Norfolk, England for more than 200 years, before being purchased by the National Museum of Australia in 2006.
William Smith O'Brien figurines
Transportation of an Irish rebel
Parliamentarian William Smith O'Brien was convicted of high treason in the 1840s for leading a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. He was transported to Van Diemen's Land, now Tasmania.
These Staffordshire figures, made in 1848, both portray William Smith O'Brien.
The standing figure shows O'Brien in chains and convict clothing, though in Van Diemen's Land, he was not required to dress in convict uniform or wear irons. This figure was based on the popular image of a convict.
The seated figure was made about the time of O'Brien's arrest. It shows him in the clothes of an aristocrat, wearing the chains of his imprisonment.
Listen to 'Captured in Staffordshire: Staffordshire figurines of Irish nationalist, parliamentarian and convict William Smith O'Brien' audio
Curator Rebecca Nason detailed her research on the William Smith O'Brien figurines in a presentation at the National Museum on 11 June 2008.
Ambrotype portrait of Alexander Mussen
Remembering a Canadian gold miner
In 1856 Alexander Mussen sailed from Canada for the Australian goldfields. Mussen was the son of a prosperous Montreal merchant.
He travelled in search of wealth and adventure, and to find a new life so he might redeem himself in the eyes of his family.
Twenty-two-year-old Mussen moved to 'Nuggety Gulley' in New South Wales to put half the world between him and the friends who had drawn him into debt and disgrace. He was shot dead by a bushranger while trying to protect a local store.
A few years before Mussen travelled to New South Wales he sat for an ambrotype portrait. The photographer was Mathew Brady, now well known for his photographs of the American Civil War. It seems that Mussen left this portrait with his family in Montreal, where it became a treasured memento of a son who never returned.
Listen to 'Stories of sadness and loss' audio
Curator Laina Hall detailed her research into Alexander Mussen in a presentation at the National Museum on 13 June 2009. The talk also covered the Muriel McPhee trousseau and convict tokens.
'Race to the Gold Diggings of Australia' children's board game
Imagining a journey to the gold diggings
Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip: in the English imagination of the 1850s, these names became synonymous with gold, opportunity and adventure.
Thousands of British men and women boarded ships for the three-month journey to Victoria, braving separation and shipwreck for the chance to make a quick fortune.
In England in the 1850s, stories about life on the goldfields and advice for potential emigrants were in high demand.
One company produced the board game, 'Race to the Gold Diggings of Australia'. It invites children to imagine the excitement and wealth promised by a journey to the far reaches of the British Empire.Explore the 'Gold Rush' interactive