Book: Rare and Curious Specimens

An Illustrated History of the Australian Museum 1827 - 1979. Author: Ronald Strahan

Rare and Curious Specimens: Cover

 © Australian Museum

This book traces the origins and evolution of the Australian Museum from its official authorisation in 1827 to 1977 when the Museum celebrated its 150th anniversary. Ronald Strahan and a variety of contributors convey how collectors, administrators and scientific professionals helped to shape the  research, collections, display and educational activities of the Museum.

In his preface, Geoffrey Blainey refers to Rare and Curious Specimens as 'one of the finest histories so far written of a scientific institution in this country'.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0724015248
Size: 340mm x 240mm
Pages: 173
Published: 1979
Publisher: Offset Alpine Printing Pty Ltd

 

Chapters

You can download the whole book (44 MB) or each chapter separately.

Front cover and contents (6.4MB)

Preface i-ii pp (1.7MB)
G Blainey

1. The Idea of a Museum, 1-6 pp (6.4 MB)
D F Branagan

2. An Excellent Nucleus 1827 - 1835, 7-14 pp (8.0 MB)
R Strahan

3. Administrators of Rank 1836 - 1860, 15-26 pp (10.5 MB)
R Strahan

4. Trustee-ridden 1860 - 1874, 27-36 pp (9.5 MB)
A Pigott, R Strahan

5. A Scientific Staff 1874 - 1894, 37-46 pp (9.0 MB)
R Strahan

6. An Unsteady State 1895 - 1921, 47-60 pp (13.0 MB)
R Strahan

7. Drifting 1921 - 1954, 61-74 pp (3.5 MB)
R Strahan

8. In Keeping with the Times 1954 - 1966, 75-86 pp (9.5 MB)
R Strahan

9. A Research Distribution 1966 - 1975, 87-98 pp (7.1 MB)
R Strahan

10. Restrospect and Prospect 1975 - 1978, 99-110 pp (6.2 MB)
DJG Griffin

11. The Building, 111-118 pp (9.0 MB)
I Sansom, R Strahan

12. The Exhibits, 119-132 pp (7.2 MB)
K Gregg

13. A Beautiful Collection of Australian Curiosities, 133-140 pp (4.4 MB)
HG Cogger

14. Anthropology, 141-150 pp (5.9 MB)
J R Specht

15. Education, 151-160 pp (5.3 MB)
P McDonald

16. Appendices, 161-173 pp (5.5 MB)
Committeemen and elective trustees 1852-1977
Museum staff 1829-1977
References
Index

Back cover (4.4 MB)

 


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