Indigenous Watercraft and Pearling

The Queensland Maritime Museum is proud to present a new exhibition, “Indigenous Watercraft and Pearling” – opening on Saturday 4 September 2021 and continuing through to 30 January 2022.

Two dugouts and a canoe from our collection will feature in the Exhibition. The canoe is a replica built by Rick Roser of the Picambul people of Southern Queensland, a professional artist whose works have been acquired by major collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery & Public Art works. Rick has presented Indigenous art and culture internationally at events and festivals from Hadrian’s Wall in the West to The Great Wall of China in the East… and right down to the Nullarbor. 

Pearl shells, documents and vintage diving gear from the pearling companies will be on exhibit, in the shadow of the museum’s own sailing lugger, Penguin, itself a rare and living reminder of those beautiful vessels and of the importance that pearling played in early Australian development and growth.

We acknowledge, with thanks, the Sunshine Coast Council for the loan of banners about the Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous Watercraft.

New Book: Arnie – Pearls and Luggers in the Torres Strait, by Arnie Duffield and Lee Duffield

Buy tickets to the book launch at Queensland Maritime Museum online from Eventbrite, via our web shop:

Tickets include admission to book launch, exhibition opening and the museum.