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Terre Napoléon + First Voyages Exhibitions

Two exhibitions Terre Napoléon- Land of Napoleon and First Voyages: Exploring the Southern Coast, designed and managed by the Mulloway team, have recently opened at the SA Maritime Museum, each offering a unique visitor experience.

In Terre Napoléon the visitor is immersed in the intricate illustrations from Nicolas Baudin’s early 19C scientific voyage along Australia’s coasts.  Images of landscapes, animals, sea-creatures, plants and Aboriginal peoples by François Péron, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas Martin-Petit are arranged thematically.  Wall quotes and a series of projected images complement the display, with the deep wall colours drawn from original colourings, and reminiscent of the Napoléonic era.

Reinforcing this exhibition, First Voyages incorporates an array of pre-19C and 19C artefacts, projections, short films and soundscapes to interrogate the broader stories of exploration of Southern Australia, one of the last coasts to be mapped.  The cleverly arranged joinery arrays the space into defined areas, skillfully presenting a number of iconic artefacts including a Macassan swivel gun, a chiton mollusc inscribed by Péron himself, an anchor jettisoned by Matthew Flinders, and the remnants of the hand wrought inscribed plaque in memory of Flinders’ men who perished at sea near Memory Cove. Interactives exploring 19C navigation, by collaborators Institute of Backyard Studies, form part of the exhibition.

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