Public Talks

The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our next talk is on Tuesday 2 October and will be presented by Rex Cox on the subject of People and the Port.

Hobart has long been proud of the fact that it possesses a port where ships can tie up at deep-water berths only a short distance from the GPO.  For many years, most of those berths were within the confines of Sullivans Cove and the division between waterfront and city was almost seamless; the sight of large ships handling their cargoes at the end of the street encouraged members of the public to wander at will around piers and wharves, blissfully unconcerned about OH&S ramifications!  Today, though the working port itself is no longer readily accessible, the Cove has again become a space where people and water-based activities can come together.   

This illustrated talk provides both historic and contemporary views of people working (and playing) around the Hobart waterfront.  They range from ship’s crew and waterside workers to yachties and fishermen, with lots in between! Many pictures come from Rex’s own extensive collection of historic and contemporary images.

Rex Cox is a photographer, author and maritime researcher with an almost lifelong interest in the history Port of Hobart.  He can often be seen on the Tasman Bridge or other key vantage point, photographing the next visitor to our city. He was a Customs Officer in another life, and now volunteers at the Maritime Museum, as well as being a member of the World Ship Society.  He co-authored Ships of Hobart Harbour, based on work initiated by George Cox. He was President of the Museum when it moved from Secheron House to the present location; he has been Vice-President for the past five years. 

Rex stepped in at VERY short notice due to the incapacity of the planned speaker. Thank you Rex!

Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 2 October 2018
Place: ROYAL SOCIETY ROOMS, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, (Davey Street entrance).
Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details.