A new exhibition at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson, recounts the stories of the people, events and places in the history of Jervis Bay and surrounding areas.
It tells the stories of early settlers, the development of the region's industries such as whaling and fishing, boatbuilding, woodcutting and farming, and the role of the navy, through to the development of the area as a tourist and holiday destination, as well as the story of environmental activism in the region.
The exhibition recounts the history of the Indigenous people in the area, their struggles to survive European settlement and for land rights, and the pride they take in their present communities.
It is called Munggura-Nggul, which means 'home-belong' in the local Dhurga language.
"The exhibition features some fascinating objects, including one of the few complete Siebe Gorman diving suits fully assembled as well as some significant objects from the local Aboriginal community," Museum director Diana Lorentz said.
The exhibition features a bark canoe (or 'garidja' as it is known in the local Dhurga language) which was made on museum grounds for the display by members of the Jerringa people, with the assistance of a grant from Bendigo bank.
Also featured is a possum skin cloak, objects from the numerous shipwrecks on the treacherous South Coast over the years, and photographs of the families, holidaymakers, colourful local identities, and buildings, that are now long gone.
Admission (which also includes entry to the rest of the museum's galleries) is $10 ($8 concession) with children under 16 free. Museum hours are 10am to 4pm each day, including weekends. The museum is located at Woollamia Road, Huskisson. }