The Furneaux Museum is located on Flinders Island, one of the Furneaux Group of islands in eastern Bass Strait.
The course of Australia's early colonial history was influenced by events that occurred in the Furneaux Islands.
In 1797 the wreck of the vessel Sydney Cove on Preservation Island sparked a sealing 'rush', the consequence of which was the survival of Tasmania's indigenous population - the descendants of sealers and their Aboriginal wives. It also brought Matthew Flinders to these then-unknown waters, leading him to suspect and later prove the existence of Bass Strait.
The Furneaux Museum is all about the events and people that have shaped these islands.
Pioneering life, the tradition of mutton-birding, the ill-fated 1833-47 Tasmanian Aboriginal settlement at Wybalenna, shipwrecks, air crashes, post-war Soldier Settlement - it's all here.
- A great surprise!
- Thoroughly interesting and enjoyable. Wish I had more than half a day. Highly recommended. (Albany Creek, Qld)
- Congratulations to the volunteers who cared enough to mount this wonderful museum. (Melbourne, Vic)
- Amazing history for all to absorb. (Rockhampton, Qld)
- Best small museum we have ever visited - so well researched and documented. (Wollongong, NSW)
- A lovely multi-faceted museum. (Claremont, Tas)