Artefacts and history at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum


Discover the collection of maritime artefacts at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum.

The museum features a world-renowned collection of nautical equipment, models, photographs, paintings and drawings of the Jervis Bay area.

The Lady Denman, a wooden ferry which transported passengers throughout Sydney’s inner Harbour, is a key feature to the museum and remains the only wooden vessel of her kind in NSW.

The Lady Dent is one of a number of ferries that the Dent family built and she was in service from 1911 to 1979. When she was taken out of service she was returned to Huskisson and restored and became the centrepiece of the museum.

The museum also covers the Aboriginal and white history of Jervis Bay and Huskisson and the shipbuilding industry and local shipwrecks.

The charming village of Jervis Bay is a great little place to visit, less than 500 people live in the territory, which is not actually part of NSW, and they mainly work at the Royal Australian Navy base.

The bay itself was sighted by the famous Captain Cook in 1770, then it was named in 1791 by a convict transport ship captain after Admiral John Jervis of the British Navy. Naval explorer George Bass sailed into the bay in 1797 and John Oxley explored it by land in 1818.

Positioned in a natural bush setting, the complex includes a large recreation area with native gardens, a mangrove boardwalk, fish feeding pond, boathouse and historic buildings.

The museum is located in Huskisson, Jervis Bay and is set along the waterfront on Currambene Creek.

Huskisson. Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. The museum grounds includes a small wooden chapel from a nearby village.

Image Credit:

Image 1: Uploaded by flickr user denisbin, own work, licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

Image 2: Uploaded by flickr user denisbin, own work, licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

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