Exhibition: James Geurts’ EON (2021)

Exhibition viewing of artist James Geurts’ most recent…
February 14, 2022/by Daria Wray

Tasty Toastie Offer!

Every day at the Mission to Seafarers, enjoy a delectable three-cheese…
February 6, 2022/by Sue Dight

BEYOND DOOMSDAY-SARAY Iluminado feat. Israel Aloni

Sunday 20th February 2022 5pm-6pm 
Dancer Israel Aloni joins…
February 2, 2022/by Daria Wray

Sea Shanties & Folk Songs

Ahoy there! 

If you've been loving the Wellerman Tik Tok…
February 1, 2022/by Daria Wray

The Pirate Experience

Saturday nights until June 2022
January 1, 2022/by Sue Dight

Claymore Celtic Christmas

FRIDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2021 FROM 19:30-23:30

Join Australia's…
December 8, 2021/by Sue Dight

Opera in the Docklands

Thursday 25th November 2021

Opera in the Docklands promises…
November 10, 2021/by Sue Dight

Open House Melbourne

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July

Theme: Reconnect

May 27, 2021/by Sue Dight

Secretos de la Raíz – YIRRAMBOI Festival

Saturday 8th May
Secretos de la Raíz  (Secrets of the Roots) 
April 30, 2021/by Sue Dight
Mission Building

Restoring the Past to Preserve Our Future – Talk

Restoration Works at the Mission to Seafarers: Restoring the…
April 4, 2021/by Sue Dight

Melbourne Celtic Festival

Wednesday 17th March

Melbourne Celtic Festival is back - online…
February 4, 2021/by Sue Dight

‘Shantily Clad’ Record Launch – Sea Shanties Live On Stage!

Saturday 6th March 2021
Doors open at 7pm

January 25, 2021/by Sue Dight

New Assistant Chaplain – Rev’d Heidintatha (Heidin) Kunoo

We have a new Assistant! The Archbishop of Melbourne,…
December 30, 2020/by Sue Dight

Heritage Tours are back!

The Mission to Seafarers has operated from the heritage-listed…
October 5, 2020/by Sue Dight

Stories of the Mission – The return of the Trowel

September 18, 2020/by Sue Dight

Stories of the Mission – The Great White Fleet

August 30, 2020/by Sue Dight

Chaplains of the Mission – Rev James

May 6, 2020/by Sue Dight

Chaplains of the Mission – Rev. Wong

Reverend S. Wong on board the tanker San Felipe at Geelong, c…
May 6, 2020/by Sue Dight

The Soprano and the Seafarers: a woman with a Mission 1906-1930

by G. Brault and J. Miller


One of the many goals…
April 2, 2020/by Sue Dight

Melbourne Celtic Festival – 17 March 2020

Postponement of the Melbourne Celtic Festival until further notice.

January 10, 2020/by Sue Dight

Practice Makes Perfect with the Artisans’ Guild of Australia

Sat 9 May - 10am to 6pm
Sun 10 May - 10am to 5pm

January 10, 2020/by Sue Dight



December 27, 2019/by Sue Dight

Encountering People, Places, Things at the Mission to Seafarers. A Photographic Exhibition

November 8th 2019 - January 2020

A historical & contemporary…
November 21, 2019/by Sue Dight

Polyphonic Voices – American Thanksgiving

Friday November 29th, 2019
Polyphonic Voices’…
November 19, 2019/by Sue Dight

Sounds in the Dome with Katie Underwood

Saturday November 30th & Sunday December 1st, 2019
November 18, 2019/by Sue Dight

Pride and Prejudice and Five Years

Tuesday 12th-Saturday 16th November, 2019
24 Carrot…
November 10, 2019/by Daria Wray

Melbourne Music Week -Immersive Sound Journeys: Norla Dome – The Convoy, Todd AK

Friday November 22nd, 2019


November 9, 2019/by Sue Dight

Norla Dome Fundraiser with Shantily Clad

Saturday 2nd November 8pm
Shipmates! Shantily Clad are teaming…
November 2, 2019/by Sue Dight

Candlelight VOX: PAUSE

Friday 1st November 7pm & Saturday 2nd November 2pm
November 1, 2019/by Sue Dight

Early Origins Exhibition

August 31, 2019/by WEB-ADMIN-M2S

You are cordially invited to… Austen Con

Saturday November 16th, 2019
10am – 5pm
Hosted by 24…
August 10, 2019/by Daria Wray

‘Tilting Away…Leaning In…’

Tuesday 4th-Friday 13th June, 2019
‘Tilting Away…Leaning…
July 4, 2019/by Sue Dight

Meditating with baby goats

See Karmably for further info.
Breathe In…& Bleat It Out
June 1, 2019/by Sue Dight

Sounding Histories Exhibition

Held: 12th to 27th October  2017

In 2017, the Mission to…
September 10, 2017/by Sue Dight

From the deep: revelations of the sea

June 11, 2017/by Sue Dight

The Heritage Collection

September 9, 2016/by WEB-2-ADMIN-TISG

Past Events

Encountering People, Places, Things at the Mission to Seafarers. A Photographic Exhibition.

June 21st-July 5th, 2019

A historical & contemporary photographic narrative of people, places & things associated with the Mission to Seafarers Victoria.
Curated by Uma Kothari, Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Manchester, with contemporary photographs by Nicholas Walton-Healey.

Enyato Duo presents: Nine Fathom Deep – percussion and woodwind

Friday May 24th 

Join Thea Rossen (Percussion) and Luke Carbon (Bass Clarinet) as they present a program of works that evoke epic journeys on the ocean. With pieces by Samantha Wolff, Toru Takemitsu, Thea Rossen and Elliot Cooper Cole, the program will feature the world premiere of ‘The Sea Meets Infinity’ by Paul Dean, a work commissioned especially for this concert.
The venue with its nautical history, is a unique dome shape that lends itself to an intimate concert experience.

Good Beer Week, the Mission to Seafarers, and Wildflower Brewing and Blending present: Barrels in the Dome

Thursday May 16th, 2019

“In Lieu of a round table big enough, we decided on a round venue”. Join Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers and Topher Boehm from Wildflower Brewing and Blending in the amazing Norla Dome for a unique opportunity to hang with these affable mavericks of Australian craft beer.

Ben and Topher will guide you through a selection of their latest limited releases as you hit the opulent grazing table before your hosts pour and wax lyrical about some of the drinks that have inspired their journey as brewers. Grazing Table by the legends from Firecracker Event !

Practice Makes Perfect: Skilled Artisan Exhibition

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April, 2019

To coincide with the National Trust’s Heritage Festival, the Mission to Seafarers is hosting an exciting exhibition of skilled trades-persons and members of the Artisan’s Guild of Australia with display and demonstrations of their talent and craftsmanship.

Including the following makers:

Duncan McHarg – bespoke boot and shoemaker
Bruce Hutton – stained glass artist and restorer
Bruce Walker – gold leaf and decorative lining and scrolling techniques
Robert Mawditt -painter and decorator
Gordon Byrne – wrought iron design and construction
Henry Hakopian – woodworker
David Stephenson – traditional sign writing
James Charlwood – master stonemason and conservator
Keiran Dunleavy – solid plasterer – heritage specialist
and more including the Waverly Spinners & Weavers!

Drop in any time over the weekend and marvel at their work and the beautiful Mission to Seafarers Victoria building.
Entry by donation in support of the Mission.

Maritime Heritage Port Cruises from Mission to Seafarers to Alma Doepel

At the Mission: Practice Makes Perfect: Skilled Artisan Exhibition
At the Alma: Open Day
April 28, 2019

Take this rare opportunity to travel on a historic vessel along the Yarra River from the Mission to Seafarers to the Alma Doepel (or vice versa) via one of Melbourne’s busy ports, Appleton Dock, to view the giant vessels in Melbourne’s shipping hub. The tour is designed for visitors to enjoy the heritage events at the Mission to Seafarers where you will be treated to an exhibition of skilled heritage artisans, ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, throughout the heritage listed building, and the Alma Doepel – a restoration project of a 115 year old tall-ship – as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival. This tour is offered for one day only!

A day to explore Melbourne’s considerable Maritime Heritage!

Melbourne Music Week: A Nice Warm Bath

November 24th, 2018
‘A Nice Warm Bath’ is an immersive audio-visual experience featuring ambient & experimental producers, sound and visual artists exploring light, scent and projection. The Norla Dome at Mission to Seafarers will be a canvas for visuals reacting to atmospheric soundscapes, creating a restorative colour bath for people to slow down and sink into.

Whilst the everyday strips us of energy, ‘A Nice Warm Bath’ will soothe and replenish as sound and light transforms the dome into a healing, meditative space for the final night of Melbourne Music Week.

Come take a dip with: ~ Anatole / SYD, ~ Carla Zimbler, Hymns [DJ]

ANL Maritime Art Prize Exhibition 2018

The 2018 Maritime Art Awards Exhibition was open  from 5th – 26th October, 2018.
Visit to see the 80 finalist works and place a vote in the People’s Choice Awards.

Image: 2018 Maritime Art Award Winner, ‘Aye Aye Captain’ by Joni Dennis

Melbourne Writers Festival: ‘a matter of life & death’

We hosted a number of events for the Melbourne Writers Festival this year!
Over two culture filled weekends: August 25 – 26, and September 1 – 2, 2018

Click here for the program at the Mission.

Open House Melbourne @ the Mission
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July, 2018

The Spanish Mission/Arts and Crafts-style building complex was designed by Walter Butler. It was constructed in 1917, with the addition of the Norla Dome completed in 1919. The funds to build the complex came from fundraising by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild (established in 1906), and a government grant. The building is significant for operating with its original purpose as a mission to the welfare of seafarers for 100 years. The historical Mission complex is architecturally significant as being a fine urban example of the Arts and Crafts Style in Melbourne. Before coming to Australia, Walter Butler was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement in his native England. He was a popular society architect in Melbourne, and designed many fine houses in Toorak. Today the complex consists of the St Peter, the Mariner Chapel, an extensive clubroom and administration area, the Chaplain’s house, a small cottage, and the Norla Dome. The Norla Dome was originally built as a gymnasium for visiting seafarers to maintain their fitness whilst onshore, and now serves as a unique and versatile events space.

Sounding Histories 2017

Sounding Histories

Works still on display from Catherine Bell and Michael Needham!
A Deakin University and Mission to Seafarers Victoria research initiative and public art event of site responsive artworks and performances. Sounding Histories is one of a number of significant events marking the Mission’s 160th year and the centenary in 2017 of the current Flinders St site.

Painters & Dockers, The Rogue Academy, Maree Clarke, Bishop & Reis
Catherine Bell, Michael Needham, Michael Graeve.
Curated by Anne Scott Wilson & Cameron Bishop