You may never look at a financial report in the same way again.
These are some of the items from the purchasing lists of the Australian Museum Annual Report 1897. And like any household or business running on a limited budget, in 1897 the Museum looked at ways to stretch funding to build the collections, maintain the building and keep the Museum open to the general public.
1897 visiting hours:
10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday
2pm – 5pm Sundays
Mondays (closed for school visits and cleaning)
That year there was no spare money in the kitty for expeditions and staff paid their own fares for field excursions, however, Mr Septimus Robinson generously provided two weeks’ worth of lodgings for a Museum collector to source a range of specimens, including emus, at Buckiinguy Station in NSW due to ‘our stock of skins having run out’ according to the Annual Report.
To build up the collections and research library, the Museum relied heavily on donations, presentations, and exchanges with other societies and museums locally and around the world.
The acquisitions included:
For more information on the Museum’s operations and the contents of other purchasing lists, dip into the one of the 150 or so reports from 1853 to the present day, Australian Museum Annual Reports.