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By: Karen Player, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 18 May 2013

Through video conferencing distance is no longer an obstacle to the Australian Museums collections and experts

Scott Sisters' Diary

Matthew Stephens © Matthew Stephens

The Beauty from Nature: Art of the Scott sisters exhibition is currently at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. The Beauty from Nature exhibition is beautiful and intricate and features delicate watercolours, notebooks, handwritten manuscripts, sketches and letters, which together form a fascinating record of the lives of Harriet (Hattie) and Helena (Nellie) Scott. The Scott sisters were among the first to illustrate the life histories and immature stages of Australian moths and butterflies. The highlights of the exhibition are watercoloured paintings created between 1846 and 1851
 

To compliment the exhibition the Western Plains Cultural centre put on a lunch time talk for the community. During the lunch the Australian Museum did a live video conference to talk about the exhibition and the lives of the Scott sisters. During the session Fran Dorey, Exhibition Project designer and Rose Docker, Archivist showed images and original artworks from the Scott sisters and people were able to ask questions throughout the event.

The video conference was a great opportunity for the community to connect with the exhibition through Australian Museum staff. There were able to ask their question and learn more about the amazing lives of the Scott sisters.