James Cameron and Ron Allum2012

Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum
Sydney, Australia

In 2012 DEEPSEA CHALLENGER set new world records for transporting a single pilot to underwater depths of more than 11km and withstanding pressures of up to 16,500 psi. It was built primarily in Sydney, Australia, by a small team assembled by Ron Allum in collaboration with Hollywood Director James Cameron. The 3D-footage of its record-breaking inaugural dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in March 2012 was shot with the purpose of transforming it into a feature length documentary in collaboration with National Geographic.

DEEPSEA CHALLENGER won the International Design Award from Good Design Australia at the 2012 Australian International Design Awards so was displayed at the Museum. This scale model was made by the Museum for the exhibition, and was displayedalong with a number of component objects from the actual vessel.


  • Creator: James Cameron and Ron Allum
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 360 x 115 x 590 mm
  • Provenance: Ex Museum stock, 2013
  • See MAAS website: 2013/85/1 Model, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER
  • Manufacturer: Iain Scott-Stevenson
  • Designed by: James Cameron and Ron Allum

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