The Furneaux Museum is on Flinders Island, one of the Furneaux Group of islands in eastern Bass Strait.
It's not widely known that events occurred in these islands which influenced the course of Australia's early colonial history, starting with a shipwreck in 1797 and the following sealing 'rush' which led to the survival of Tasmania's indigenous population - the descendants of sealers and their Aboriginal wives.
Visit the Furneaux Museum to learn about events and people that have shaped the islands - pioneering life, shipwrecks, the ill-fated 1833-47 Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement at Wybalenna, the tradition of mutton-birding. See how isolation brought about a resourcefulness and community spirit which still exist today.
Here's what our visitors say:
- A great surprise!
- Top little museum - well laid out and very informative.
- A must-do on Flinders Island.
- Give yourself at least 2 - 3 hours.
- A wonderful insight into the life and history of Flinders Island.