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  • FREE – All welcome
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  • Limited tickets available

Our next Talk will be held on Thursday, 25 July from 10:30am to 11:30am  

  • Bus (244 bus route)  
  • Car
  • Harbour Trust HQ, Building 28 Best Ave, Georges Heights, Mosman.
  • Free parking at Suakin Drive and Crane Crescent car parks
The Trust Talks program is a series of free presentations by guest presenters, including historians and authors, on the evolution of Sydney Harbour, the enduring significance of our sites for First Nations People, the conservation of local flora and fauna, and other fascinating topics.

Members of the public are welcome to attend our Trust Talks, which are held every few months at one of our extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour. You can find detail of our next talk (25 July) below


Next Talk - 25 July

Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour – an exploration

Talk overview

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's voyages along the east coast of Australia and the HMB Endeavour replica will play a major role in the national commemorations. Construction of the replica began in 1988 and the ship was launched 5 years later. Since then she has sailed over 170 000 nautical miles, circumnavigated the world multiple times and visited 29 countries and 116 ports.

This presentation will give you an armchair view of both above & below decks of this amazingly accurate Australian built replica. See and hear how the ship was sailed and operated. Get a glimpse of life on board, from the 98 sailors and marines to the officers and scientists and to Captain Cook himself. The table is set, clothes are hung and the cat is slumbering, so on the eve of this significant anniversary come along to hear about this amazing vessel and her captain and their place in Australia’s history.

About the presenter

Ron Ray has been a volunteer guide and member of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) for 15 years after retiring from a corporate career in human resources and training, including a number of years working as a part time teacher in TAFE. He is also a member of the ANMM and spent 10 years in the Army working in signals and artillery.

His other volunteer activities include volunteering with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in several roles including the visitor centre on Cockatoo Island and guiding tours through fortifications at both North Fort and Headland Park. Ron’s particular interests are in 18th century military and naval history, HMB Endeavour, the ANMM fleet of vessels and the collection contained in the museum galleries.

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Past Talks

  • Dr Peter Hobbins – Quarantine Unmasked: surviving the 1918-19 influenza pandemic at North Head (5 March 2019)
  • Paul Irish – "Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney" (21 November 2018)
  • Warren Fahey AM – "All at Sea" (Australia's Maritime story) (10 July 2018)
  • Dr Jennifer Anson – Flora and Fauna Conservation at North Head
  • Dr Ian Hoskins – Sydney Harbour in 40 Pictures
  • Dr Lisa Murray – Shaping Public Sydney
  • Stirling Smith – M24 Japanese Midget Submarine
  • John Lanser – The Wreck of the Dunbar
  • Warren Fahey AM – Tales of Old Rookwood
  • Richard Taylor – Anzac Memorial Centenary Project