Australian Museum Journal The Australian Museum—fragments of its early history

Shortform:
Etheridge, 1916, Rec. Aust. Mus. 11(4): 67–78
Author(s):
Etheridge, R.
Year published:
1916
Title:
The Australian Museum—fragments of its early history
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
11
Issue:
4
Start page:
67
End page:
78
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.11.1916.911
Language:
English
Plates:
plates xviii–xx
Date published:
12 August 1916
Cover date:
12 August 1916
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM; BIOGRAPHY
Digitized:
27 October 2008
Available online:
16 December 2008
Reference number:
911
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (136kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (4180kb PDF)

Abstract

It is currently believed and officially stated that the Australian Museum was inaugurated in 1836, and under that name was consolidated by the Hon. Alexander Macleay, Colonial Secretary (Pl. xviii.) Certain it is, however, the Museum was a "going-concern," a small one certainly, but still in existence, some years before 1836. With whom the idea of establishing a Museum originated it is very difficult to say, for the only person kllown to us by name was Mr. A. M. Baxter, Attorney General in 1828, with an anonymous writer "U," in the "Australian Quarterly Journal of Theology, Literature and Science," in the same year.

Through the courtesy of Mr. H. Wright, Librarian, Mitchell Library, my attention was drawn to the following paragraph in the "Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser" of June 28th, 1828...