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By Author: Patricia Egan

A Fishy Tale from 1926

In 1925, Museum staff were contracted to prepare fish exhibits for the Fijian Government. Unfortunately, all did not go to plan.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 06 Feb 2013

A vision realised

Charles Ledgers' 19th century vision for an expansive alpaca wool industry was a long time coming.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 25 Oct 2012

Cataloguing the Egyptian Collection before digitisation

For many years Museum scientists have had access to copies (microfiche and more recently digital) of the important specimen and object Collection Registers. What was it like before copies were available?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 Aug 2012

Remembering The Art of Eric Carle exhibition

Whilst the Australian Museum had considered the needs of young children when designing interactive areas for some time, it was not until the late 1990's that we had a designated area for pre-schoolers.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 22 May 2012

The Ball that wasn't

In 1864 The Australian Museum was the venue chosen for a reception for the visit of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. Why wasn't it held?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Apr 2012

Caring for Alfred North's original pictorial material

Archives volunteer, Ada Klinkhamer writes of her experience rehousing and documenting photographs and illustrations prepared for use in publications by Australian Museum ornithologist, Alfred John North.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 Feb 2012

Geological relief map of NSW

Constructing the geological relief map of NSW which hangs on the wall in the MIneral Gallery

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 21 Aug 2011

Who is the woman painting the background?

Investigating the woman in the 1922 photograph of two museum staff painting the background of one of the museum's first dioramas.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Jun 2011

Old Spirit House

Behind the doors of the old Spirit House.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Apr 2011

Specimens lost to the Australian Museum

In the 19th and early 20th centuries museums often purchased specimens to increase the size and variey of their collections. Read about one intended purchase that unfortunately did not proceed.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Mar 2011