Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Expedition Recreates Shackleton's Legendary Voyage

Shackleton, Sir Ernest Henry: Shackleton’s ship the “Endurance” sinking in the ice of the Weddell Sea, 1915 [Photograph]. Encyclopedia Britannica Online Library Edition. Retrieved 31 January 2013, from

A British-Australian expedition is recreating the last leg of one of the most gruelling voyages of the 20th century. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew sailed for Antarctica, with the intention of being the first to cross Antarctica from coast to coast. In 1915, their ship – the Endurance – became trapped in pack ice and sunk. Michael McCurdy (Proquest, 1999) paints a stark picture of the crew’s situation:
They were stranded hundreds of miles from land in frozen waters. They had no radios on which they could call for help. There were no airplanes to airlift supplies and food. They had no high-tech clothing and tents to block out the cold. How could they possibly survive?
Mounting their life boats on sledges, the crew spent months pulling their boats across the ice to reach open water. After tackling heavy seas, the crew landed on Elephant Island. Leaving 22 men on the island, Shackleton and five other crew members rowed 780 miles (1280 km) from Antarctica to South Georgia, and then trekked 52 km across the island’s mountainous interior to seek help. Miraculously, all of the crew survived. To read more about Shackleton’s voyage or the new expedition, login to Proquest, from home or in the library, using your library card’s barcode.

McCurdy, M. (1999), Trapped by the ice! Sir Ernest Shackleton’s amazing Antarctic adventure. Storyworks, 7,12-18. Retrieved from


You Are Invited!

All are invited to attend the official opening of Lunar New Year: One Celebration, Many Traditions. This exhibition explores the diversity of Lunar New Year celebrations across many different countries.

Cr Jack Jacovou will open the exhibition on Saturday 9 February at 1.00pm, and our guest speaker will be Dr Thomas Berghuis, Lecturer in Asian Art from the University of Sydney. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP on (02) 9330 6444 or by email.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 2 February to Sunday 3 March 2013.

Dragon’s Lair Gallery, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

The Museum and Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm, and other times by appointment

The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Westfield Hurstville.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kids Can Drown Without a Sound

For most Australians, summer and swimming go hand-in-hand. While parents are generally vigilant about their children’s safety at the beach or in large swimming pools, they sometimes forget that small portable or inflatable pools can be just as dangerous. In fact, a quarter of all child deaths and near drowning incidents, happen in portable or inflatable pools. From November 2011 to December 2012, 14 children presented at the Sydney Children's Hospital following a near-drowning. The majority were under five years.

Due to a recent spate of such incidents, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is conducting a state-wide portable pool safety campaign “Kids Can Drown Without a Sound” for English and non-English speaking community groups.

Drowning can result in death or lifelong brain damage for a child. Protect your children by becoming aware of the simple safety measures that this safety campaign outlines, such as the emptying and storing away of small pools that are not in use.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2013 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery


As part of the Lunar New Year celebrations, we will be hosting Lunar New Year: One Celebration, Many Traditions, a colorful exhibition exploring the diversity of Lunar New Year celebrations. The exhibition will run from Saturday 2 February to Sunday 3 March 2013.

Join us for the official exhibition opening on Saturday 9 February 2013, 1.00pm. Listen to guest speaker Dr Thomas Berghuis, Lecturer in Asian Art from the University of Sydney, and enjoy refreshments while exploring the exhibition. This is a free event, bookings on 9330 6444 or via email
Dragons' Lair Gallery, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

Visit Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery’s What's On page for more information about Lunar New Year public programs and events.

The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Westfield Hurstville.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What do you collect?

There are many reasons why we collect stuff. Some people collect for the fun and thrill of the treasure hunt. Others hope to amass things they are passionate about or which are rare and valuable.

Collecting artefacts also helps to preserve culture, remember the past and keep memories alive. How would we know about the lives of our ancestors one hundred, two hundred or thousands of years ago, without preserving documents or objects from the past? How else would we bring our family stories or local history to life?

Have a look at the What do you collect project from the Queensland Museum.

Discover interesting artefacts, oddities and treasures from Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery Collections in Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s new exhibition:

Revealed! Treasures from the Hurstville Library, Museum & Gallery Collections

Thursday, January 03, 2013

What’s on at the Museum & Gallery this holidays?

School holidays

For the teens, we have:

Crafty Books

Make your own decorated mini books. Projects include a folded origami book and a notebook.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

10.30am – 12.30pm

Ages 12 – 18 years

$10 per person

Primary school children aged 5 – 12 can come to:

Hands On

Create and paint clay plaster shapes.

Thursday 17 January 2013

10.30am – 12.00pm

Ages 5 – 12 years

$5 per child

An Australian Summer

Design a flag to celebrate Australian Day and what it means to you.

Friday 18 January 2013

10.30am – 12.00pm

Ages 5 – 12 years

$5 per child

Places are limited, so call us on 9330 6444 to book.

You can also check the what's on section for our range of events in conjunction with the 2013 Hurstville Lunar New Year Festival