A special exhibition is opening in Devonport today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre.
The centre, which has had many name changes, was originally located in East Devonport and called the Tasmanian Maritime and Folk Museum, moving to its current site, appropriately the historic former Devonport Harbourmaster’s House in Gloucester Avenue in 1981.
It changed its name to the Devonport Maritime Museum in 1995, merging with the Devon Historical Society four years later.
A major extension and the new current name came in 2013.
Centre co-ordinator Joanne Gair says the 50th anniversary exhibition has a special theme, with 50 people with a passion for the museum being asked to be guest curators, with 50 objects to help tell the story of Devonport’s history, including maritime history as well.