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Australia Day Debate in January 2011

On the 23rd January 2011, at 2.30pm, the Museum will host an Australia Day Debate. You can listen to the speakers, Sam Watson and Nigel Parbury, debate whether the 26th January is the most appropriate date to celebrate our national identity. You will also have the opportunity to ask them your own questions.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 20 Dec 2010

Breeding of Fraser's Rainforest Snail

Slightly larger than a Common Garden Snail, Fraser's Rainforest Snail, Sphaerospira fraseri, is a native species of land snail that inhabits wet forested habitat of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Very little of its natural history is known, except that it feeds on fungi and rotting vegetation. By keeping and breeding this species in captivity the Australian Museum are reducing the need for wild snails to be collected for display. The following paper was written to describe the breeding events and the details of the species captive care at the Australian Museum.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 17 Dec 2010

Koori Art Expressions exhibition launch

The Koori Art Expressions exhibition was launched by dignitaries at the Australian Museum on the 1st December 2010. The exhibition will be open until 31st January 2011.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Green Turtle demolishes BBQ area

A Green Turtle has laid her eggs in the middle of the Research Station's beach barbecue area.

By: Dr Anne Hoggett, Category: Science, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Two bark paintings on loan at MCA exhibition

Two bark paintings from the Australian Museum’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection are currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay in Sydney at the overview exhibition of work by Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek AO.

By: Melanie van Olffen, Category: Science, Date: 14 Dec 2010

Museum Mystery of the Week!

Can you guess what our obscure looking museum exhibit is in 'Museum Mystery of the Week'?

By: Ella Minton, Category: At The Museum, Date: 13 Dec 2010

New Live Exhibits in Search & Discover: Crucifix Frog

What’s tiny, eats ants, bright yellow and extremely cute? Our new baby Crucifix Frogs!

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Dec 2010

Live Exhibit updates in Exhibit A

Welcome to Exhibit A: inside our exhibitions.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Dec 2010

This week in Fish: Little Dragonfish

This week we continued to add to the Find a Fish list.  Images were added for a range of species including the sub-Antarctic Marbled Rockcod and the beautifully camouflaged Little Dragonfish.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the site.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Dec 2010

A Sticky Situation

On a street post in Darlinghurst a young female Titan Stick Insect, measuring 21cm in total, was found and taken to the Australian Museum. The insect must have become separated from its gumtree, unable to fly it wandered to the nearest structure and climbed to the top. This is a tail I have heard more than a few times this Spring.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 09 Dec 2010