The Furneaux Museum is located at Emita on Flinders Island, Tasmania, one of the Furneaux Islands in eastern Bass Strait.
It houses over 8,000 objects, photographs and documents, all relating to the cultural and natural history of the Furneaux Islands.
Events occurred in the Furneaux region which influenced the course of Australia's early colonial history. A shipwreck in 1797 brought Matthew Flinders to these then-unknown waters. His reports of the abundance of seals led to the start of Australia's first export industry, seal skins, and thus to the survival of Tasmania's indigenous population, the descendants of the sealers' Aboriginal wives.
Visit us to discover more about the people and events that have shaped the islands - shipwrecks, pioneering life, the ill-fated 1833-47 Aboriginal settlement at Wybalenna, mutton-birding, soldier settlement, island families. See how isolation brought about a resourcefulness and strong 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.