Guest Speaker dinner with David Payne: ‘Indigenous Canoes’

As the Squadron embarks on recognising Australia’s First Nations peoples, join David Payne, Club Member and former curator, now Honorary Research Associate, at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), for a wide-ranging introduction to their boats and the amazing world of Indigenous Australian watercraft. David’s curatorial role and boat design background have allowed him to research and document the craft in great detail since 2007.

The diversity and elegant sophistication of Indigenous bark canoes, dugouts canoes, single and double outriggers and rafts will be shown, including an insight into their appropriate engineering and environmental background.

To conclude, David will talk about how he and the museum have engaged with the community through their watercraft, including his role working with Indigenous Elders and their communities building nawi canoes, the type used on Sydney Harbour. Examples of the materials used will be available to inspect and handle as well.

David Payne is Curator of Historic Vessels at Australian National Maritime Museum, and through the Australian Register of Historic Vessels he works closely with heritage boat owners throughout Australia researching and advising on their craft and their social connections. David has also been a yacht designer and documented many of the museum’s vessels with extensive drawings. He has had a wide sailing experience, from Lasers and 12-foot skiffs through to long ocean passages. Since 2012 he has been able to work closely with Aboriginal communities on a number of Indigenous canoe building and watercraft projects.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 31 August
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 includes 2 courses, beers, wines, coffee.

This event is for Members and their guests.
Members please register here