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By Author: Vanessa Finney

International Women's Day, March 8

Celebrating women's role and achievements in science and museums -- with a special warning for women 'approaching their fiftieth year'.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 07 Mar 2014

Mapping our history using Historypin

The Archives has launched an Australian Museum channel on Historypin to showcase our historic photo collections.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 29 Nov 2013

Taxidermists wanted

Recruiting cadet taxidermists and scientific officers in 1891 - 'well educated lads' with 'a taste for natural history' wanted.  

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 27 Sep 2013

August 23, 1831 - shot with his own gun

Today is the anniversary of the unfortunate death of the Museum's first employee, William Holmes.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 23 Aug 2013

Frank Hurley underwater

Before the invention of underwater cameras, photographers had to come up with novel ways to approximate the underwater world.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 30 Jul 2013

Notes from Nature - Digitising the Edgar Waite Diaries #2

In 1883, self-taught naturalist Edgar Waite was only 18 and already a confident and resourceful collector and networker.  

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 19 Jul 2013

Notes from Nature – Digitising the Edgar Waite Dairies #1

Edgar Waite began his life-long diary habit at the tender age of eight.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 28 Jun 2013

Message in a bottle

Hidden inside a copper jug, a message from the past.
 

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 29 May 2013

Lantern slide collections in the AM Archives

Illuminating the Australian Museum's first image library - 30,000 glass lantern slides.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 04 Jan 2013

Thomas Whitelegge, a workingman naturalist

The lantern slide collection reminds me of the story of Thomas Whitelegge - factory hand, biologist, Darwin correspondent and single father.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 05 Dec 2012