Fri 28 Aug 2015


WA Maritime Museum

Bill Leonard and Michael Gregg

Technical Officer, Assistant Curator, Maritime History, WA Museum

Technical documentation of a ship allows us to acknowledge the vessel’s shape, structure and material as the primary source for understanding its functional design. The pearling lugger Trixen is part of the permanent collection on display at the Maritime Museum, recognising it’s history as playing a key part in the story of pearling in Broome.

The Western Australian Museum is the primary trustee of Western Australia's material culture, however, physical preservation of all of the State’s many historic watercraft is simply not feasable. Given this limitation, the technical documentation being carried out by the Maritime History Department provides a very detailed description of these types of vessels – their construction, design, working and living spaces – and is an important tool in maritime preservation. By doing this work researchers can create a portal into historic technology, by effectively capturing siginificant vessels on paper and documenting the working lives of the people that have worked on or used them.

Join Bill Leonard and Michael Gregg as they present a perspective on pearling through the prism of the Trixen. From their vantage point on-site and alongside Trixen, they will illuminate the story of the pearling lugger with reference to technical details from documentation and oral histories.

Cost: Free event

Bookings: Essential call 1300 134 081

Where: NWS Theatre

Online Booking

The pearl lugger Trixen, on display at the WA Maritime Museum

The pearl lugger Trixen, on display at the WA Maritime Museum

WA Museum

Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle


Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.