Lustre: Pearling & Australia

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Discover the history of pearling in Australia at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
18 February to 13 August
9.30am-5.30pm
(02) 9298 3777
2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
www.anmm.gov.au

From a 2,000-year-old natural pearl found in a Kimberley rockshelter to modern  of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands.

The exhibition delves into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.

Discover the intriguing stories behind northern Australia's unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country.