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By Author: Patricia Egan

What bird is that?

Scientists research Australian birds exchanged with Tokyo Museum in the 19th century.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 26 Sep 2016

Turning on the lights at the Australian Museum

With a flick of a switch visitors can easily see what is on display but what was it like before the lights were turned on?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 29 Aug 2016

Snake Bite Kit

One of the risks faced by scientists looking for reptiles is being bitten by a venonmous snake.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 25 Aug 2016

Recycling Sandstone at the Australian Museum

Dismantled sandstone columns from the Australian Museum were reused in the newly opened Centennial Park, 1890. 

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 31 May 2016

A Diploma for ‘Stuffed Fish’, 1883

Why is the recently discovered 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition diploma, designed by Linley Sambourne, unique?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 23 Feb 2016

Digging for dugongs

We know why these gentlemen are digging in their three-piece suits, but their identity has been a moot point among archivists.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: explore, Date: 03 Feb 2015

It ain't Hollywood!

Filming the demonstration of how a Two-Circle (Theodolite) Reflecting Goniometer works.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 12 Jun 2014

How to find a blushing jewel, or appointing the Director in 1921

Director Charles Anderson (1921-1940) reflects on the selection processes for Director in 1921.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 06 Mar 2014

How much did a scorpion cost in 1945?

How did Mel Ward collect the numerous objects he displayed in his private “Gallery of Natural History and Native Art”?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 26 Feb 2014

Valuing mud

In 1929 the Australian Museum was asked to value Deep Sea Mud samples.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 12 Feb 2014