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By Author: Emma Gray

Feathers of the Gods: The Art of the Collection

One of our Research Library's greatest treasures is a sketchbook containing original drawings by 18th century English artist Sarah Stone.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 20 Dec 2013

On unicorns...

This beautifully preserved book is a scientific examination into unicorns and other horned beasts dating from 1645.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 Feb 2013

Portents and prophecies: Conrad Lycosthenes, 1557

In the wake of the end of the world, Mayan-style, let's look back at the history of humanity’s fascination with portents and prophecies.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 21 Dec 2012

Guide Alice and the Lyre-Birds of Mount Buffalo

This intriguing little booklet, published in 1924, is part of the Melbourne Ward collection in the Australian Museum Research Library. 

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 12 Nov 2012

‘Regardfully offered’ by Ferdinand von Mueller

While browsing the uncatalogued material left to the Australian Museum Research Library by naturalist Mel Ward, a scrappy, dirty little volume came to light...

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 08 Nov 2012

Adventure novels in a natural history library?

Sometimes, items in a specialist library collection might seem to veer a little off-topic...

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 05 Nov 2012

Natural phenomena in words and pictures

The mid nineteenth century was a fascinating time when science and religion were of equal, and not always conflicting, importance in explaining the wonders of the world.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 29 Oct 2012

Mapping the North Sea Fisheries: O.T. Olsen’s Piscatorial Atlas (1883)

Sometimes the most ordinary-looking books house hidden treasures.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 03 Aug 2012

Transit of Venus

On Wednesday 6 June, 2012, we marvel at an astronomical rarity – the transit of Venus across the face of the sun.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 06 Jun 2012

Happy Birthday Edward Lear

On 12 May, we celebrate Edward Lear’s 200th birthday. Best known for 'The Owl & The Pussycat' he was also a natural history artist.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 May 2012