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Treasures podcast ep 3: Charles Darwin and the curator’s chair

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Mar 2018

In 1874, Museum Curator Gerard Krefft espoused Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Board of Trustees were less than impressed.

Gerard Krefft's chair, exhibited in 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

Gerard Krefft's chair, exhibited in 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum
Photographer: Abram Powell © Australian Museum

Working in a museum in the 19th century was a hazardous occupation. In 1831, the Australian Museum’s inaugural custodian William Holmes accidentally shot himself in the chest with his own double-barrelled shotgun while collecting a cockatoo. “Oh my God, I’m dead,” he said, before becoming so. But the demise of museum curator Gerard Krefft, some 40 years later, was more curious still.

Join journalist Charles Wooley and Australian Museum Director Kim McKay as they explore the astounding objects and specimens of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition, housed in the nation’s oldest museum gallery.

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