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September 1st 2010
"...other Magnetical matter" to open soon

Wreck of the City of Adelaide It was Captain Cook in June 1770 who first sighted and named ‘Magnetical’ Island because his ‘Compass would not travis well when near it’. It remains a mystery why Cook believed ‘other Magnetical matter’ should have affected his compass – but it has not prevented people attempting to explain it with various theories. Likewise, there are many Island stories – other Magnetical matter – that are puzzling in some way or another and demand further investigation. And this is the theme for the soon-to-open, annual exhibition at the Magnetic Island History & Craft Centre and Museum in Picnic Bay

Magnetic Museum examines some of these stories in this exhibition. Who was Nelly Bay really named after? Was gold actually discovered on Magnetic Island? Why did Chinese settlement end? What happened to the Beaufort bomber when it crashed near the City of Adelaide wreck at Cockle Bay? The exhibition tells interesting stories about Island history – mostly unconnected but often controversial.

A Gibb Maitland, Geological Survey of Magnetic Island, (1892), geological sketch map – artefact held by MIHCC and Magnetic Museum.

"Researchers unearth conflicting and confusing information when trying to put together the pieces of any one story,’ explained President Zanita Davies, ‘answers can be difficult to find – and often remain a mystery regardless of the hours spent in research and study’. In this exhibition facts are presented, pertinent questions asked and possible conclusions offered. ‘Don’t be surprised to find some long-established views challenged,’ added Zanita.

"...other Magnetical matter" will be opened on Sunday 5 September 2010, 2.00pm
by Townsville journalist, Ian Frazer.

The exhibition will remain open to the public everyday (except Tuesdays) from 10.00am to 2.00pm until the conclusion of the Bay Days Festival on 3 October 2010.

Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre is located at 11-15 Granite Street, Picnic Bay.

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or read those of others, see below

Pat Coleman
September 12th 2010
Its interesting that another City of Adelaide , a clipper ship , may return to Australia soon.
September 12th 2010
I agree Pat, and wonder what the origins of our City of Adelaide are? The clipper ship you refer to is currently lying in state on land in Scotland. Adelaide, South Australia is bidding to have the heritage museum piece transported there for preservation. I found some 'facts' about that ship online:

The world heritage passenger ship City of Adelaide is the older of only two surviving composite clipper ships in the world - the ‘Cutty Sark’ is the other.
The City of Adelaide is in remarkably sound condition.
Preservation rather than restoration is the goal for the City of Adelaide.
Transportation options are readily available and feasibility studies have verified how easily the City of Adelaide can be moved.
Tenders have been called to demolish the City of Adelaide because the owners of the slipway where the historic clipper sits have served notice on the museum to vacate the site.
Burra Charter (1979) principles suggest that Sunderland, UK, or Port Adelaide, South Australia, are the most appropriate places to present and interpret City of Adelaide.
The primary goal is to prevent the City of Adelaide being destroyed in the United Kingdom. Bringing the ship back to Port Adelaide is the secondary goal.
The Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd. is a non profit organisation.
The organisation enjoys the support of many eminent Australians and Britons, as well as support from all sides of politics.
The City of Adelaide is the only surviving sailing ship built to give regular passenger and cargo service between Europe and Australia, she represents a whole foundation era of Australian social and economic history.
Approximately a quarter of a million Australians can trace their roots to passengers who arrived on the City of Adelaide.
The City of Adelaide is a vital icon of the making of modern Australia and of the relationship between Britain and the Australian colonies. It is an extraordinarily important part of our common heritage. It must not be demolished.
Loftus Dun
September 26th 2010
I hope that the work of Frederick Bedwell (in 1819) as first officer to Phillip Parker King on HMS `Mermaid` is not overlooked. Frederick, my g-g-father, sounded Cleveland Bay from close to Cape Cleveland across to near Magnetic Island.

They were probably the first Europeans to visit that area; Captain Cook sailed by at a distance while Matthew Flinders passed without being in sight of land.
Clint Walker
August 14th 2011
I live beside the famous Clipper Ship, The City of Adelaide. It would definitely not be good to see this superb icon of maritime history destroyed.
There must be some sort of way to get it back to Adelaide now and have it restored to its former glory.
Contact me if you would like to proceed with fund raising ideas to get her back to where she belongs. Back to the City of Adelaide.
I will help this side.

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