Kevin Jones is Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum. He previously filled several curatorial roles at the Australian National Maritime Museum and was part of the team that produced the opening exhibitions. He studied Australian and Southeast Asian history at the Australian National University and museum studies at the University of Sydney.
He is a past President of the Australian Maritime Museum’s Council and has served on committees for the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. In 2017 France’s Ministry for Culture and Communication awarded Kevin Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Time and Tide
One of the great challenges of maritime history was finding a way to determine longitude – a ship’s location east or west. From the first decades of the 17th century, Dutch seafarers unable to measure longitude sailed too far east and ran into the coast of Western Australia.
The answer lay in measuring time and the problem was eventually solved by a clock-maker, John Harrison, who invented a chronometer that could keep accurate time at sea. Maritime Museum Director Kevin Jones will trace the history of time at sea. From the first European voyages of exploration to the 19th century voyages that brought immigrants to Australia, he will discuss the surprising influences of an unfolding understanding of time.