Shipwrecks and Underwater Worlds with Dr Maddy McAllister



The ocean holds many hidden secrets, and unlocking some these underwater mysteries is a fascinating art. From shipwrecks to marine ecosystems, Queensland Museum’s Senior Curator of Maritime Archaeology Dr Maddy McAllister will share some of her remarkable diving adventures, as well as the challenges and rewards of caring for more than 8,000 artefacts recovered along the Queensland coastline that are currently in the Queensland Museum collection.


Maddy McAllister

Maddy McAllister


Maddy McAllister

Dr Maddy McAllister is the Senior Curator of Maritime Archaeology at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville. Her position is co-appointed with...

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Bernie Hobbs

Bernie Hobbs


Bernie Hobbs

Best known as a judge from The New Inventors and her many years with ABC Science, Bernie Hobbs is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Originally from Brisbane, Bernie is...

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Behind the scenes with Dr Maddy McAllister | Project DIG

Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology, Dr Maddy McAllister, explores the knowledge held in our State Collection and the importance of bringing our research to the forefront of the museum, allowing visitors to connect with our past.

Contains curriculum links to:
Years 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12

Maritime Archaeology Loan Kit

This kit is only available from Museum of Tropical North Queensland.

Contains curriculum links to:
Years 4, 7

Pandora Gallery at MTQ

HMS Pandora was the British Royal Navy warship dispatched to the South Pacific in pursuit of the infamous Bounty mutineers. Today, the mutiny on the Bounty remains one of the best-known stories in the history of seafaring. Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Pandora Gallery is an interactive exhibit for all ages.



Adult $18

Concession $15

Child (3-15 years) $15

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Level 2, Theatre, Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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