The Aurora Australis is coming to the end of her working life, and her future is uncertain. Whether she will remain in Australia, or under Australian ownership, is unknown.

The ultimate fate of many old ships is, sadly, ending up as scrap metal. We are doing everything we can to prevent that happening to the ‘Orange Roughy’.

The Aurora Australis Foundation is working hard to achieve an ambitious set of goals, and aims to:

  • Preserve and protect the Aurora Australis as a ship of national significance, and in recognition of her unique role in Australia’s Antarctic history
  • Provide access to the Aurora Australis to share her story and the experience of being on board with Australian and international visitors
  • Promote awareness of Australia’s work in Antarctica in the past, the present and for the future.

Over 2020 the AAF intends to:

  • Secure a memorandum of understanding for acquisition of the Aurora Australis
  • Confirm a date for acquisition
  • Discuss options for securing a long-term berth for the Aurora Australis in Hobart
  • Begin the planning and design process for onboard and on-shore critical museum infrastructure
  • Seek and confirm seed funding for museum development
  • Confirm a timeline for museum development, aiming for an opening date no later than December 2024.

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