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Treasures podcast ep 4: The strange obsessions of Australia’s greatest crab collector

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 03 Apr 2018

In the 1940s, naturalist Mel Ward created the Gallery of Natural History and Native Art in the Blue Mountains, exhibiting some 25,000 crabs.

Sesarmidae, crab from the collection of Mel Ward

Sesarmidae, crab from the collection of Mel Ward
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

Mel Ward started life on the stage as an acrobat and comedian. But something about the creatures he found on the beach as a child kept calling him back to the sea. But what drove him to collect 25,000 crabs from around the world? And what exactly is eccentric dancing?

Behind every object is a story – join Charles Wooley and Kim McKay as they reveal some of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum.

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