Currently, people are unable to enjoy all the visitor experiences afforded by our destinations on Sydney Harbour. Fortunately, our DigiTalks series enables regular visitors – as well as the wider Australian community – to overcome the tyranny of distance and stay connected with our places.
Each instalment will feature a presenter who can offer rich insights into our heritage destinations, including their history, flora and fauna, or who can speak more broadly about the history of the world’s greatest harbour.
For six decades, the great Australian maritime mystery was the whereabouts of the M24 Japanese midget submarine that disappeared following an attack on Sydney Harbour in May 1942. Recreational divers eventually discovered the submerged wreck off Bungan Head at Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2006. Subsequently, the site was placed on the NSW State Heritage Register. It is a significant archaeological site, internationally, being a rare example of a wreck in its original battle context. Guest presenter Stirling Smith will share the story of the M24 submarine and detail the innovative strategies to protect and interpret the wreck site, including video monitoring, a digital exhibition, 3D modelling and a trial diver access program.
About the presenter:
Stirling is an archaeologist with extensive experience working throughout Australia and overseas. He specialises in maritime archaeology, military and Polar heritage, but has also worked extensively in Aboriginal and historical archaeology. He currently works as the Senior Maritime Archaeology Officer with Heritage NSW (Department of Premier and Cabinet) and is the current president of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA).
We are delivering our DigiTalks series using Zoom, an easy-to-use platform for video conferences, chats and webinars. Attendees don’t need a Zoom account to join one of our DigiTalks as we’ll email login details to registrants prior to each instalment. Zoom has advised that users will have the best experience when they download either the desktop application (Windows/Mac) or mobile app (Android/Apple) in advance of a DigiTalk. To download the desktop application or mobile app, visit: zoom.us/download
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