Mysterious shipwrecks come alive in new children’s picture book

15 October 2009

Children will be able to dive into the wondrous underwater setting of a shipwreck without getting wet with the Queensland Museum’s new children’s book, Your Shipwreck Adventure.

Aimed at four to eight year olds, Your Shipwreck Adventure follows the adventures of a maritime archaeologist, Dr Dan, as he dives beneath the sea to explore and study the historical shipwrecks and marine life of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Author Donna Dyson, Queensland Museum Strategic Learning Officer, said the story is based on the real life adventures of the Queensland Museum’s own ‘Dr Dan’, Historic Shipwrecks Officer Ed Slaughter.

Your Shipwreck Adventure takes the young reader on a journey with Dr Dan to discover the wonders and historical artefacts in and around shipwrecks,” Mrs Dyson said.

“The verse draws readers into the amazing world of maritime archaeologists and cleverly highlights the importance of their work and research.

“The educational aim for this book is to allow children to explore this fun, rich learning resource to investigate ‘Under the Sea’ curriculum-linked themes as well as introducing them to the world of museum research,” Mrs Dyson said.

The book also complements a new interactive exhibition for children, also called Your Shipwreck Adventure, open now at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

With 28 pages beautifully illustrated by Robert Allan, Your Shipwreck Adventure is available from selected book retailers and all Queensland Museum locations: Queensland Museum South Bank in Brisbane, Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba. Recommended retail price is $9.95. Book orders can also be placed through Queensland Museum Publishing on (07) 3840 7645.
About the author
Donna Dyson wrote her first story at age seven and has since become a writer, teacher, university lecturer, educational administrator and advisor. Donna’s work with the Queensland Museum is made possible with the support of Education Queensland.

About the exhibition
The Museum of Tropical Queensland’s maritime archaeology exhibition takes children on an exciting and interactive journey through the mysterious underwater setting. This exhibit was made possible by grants from The Ian Potter Foundation, The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The George Alexander Foundation.

For more information about the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Your Shipwreck Adventure exhibition visit

Media contact:  Louise Sturgess  07 3842 9388 or 0417 741 710

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