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By Author: Rose Docker

A Naturalist's Legacy

Throughout the 1860s the Australian Museum was led by its formidable, but ill-fated German born curator — Gerard Krefft.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 28 Apr 2017

1850s: The Australian Museum opens its doors

A handsome new sandstone building on William Street next to Hyde Park, the Australian Museum was the place to be seen in 1850s Sydney.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 21 Apr 2017

Up Against It: William Sheridan Wall

Australian Museum Curator William Sheridan Wall battled illness, poverty, poor equipment, dying animals, even bushrangers. 

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 13 Apr 2017

THE RASCALLY BIRD STUFFER

Ex-convict John William Roach could not be trusted with taxidermy. 

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 06 Apr 2017

Celebrating 190 years

190 years ago today the concept of a museum in Sydney was endorsed. It was to be Australia's first museum. 

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 30 Mar 2017

Recovering a 'lost collection' - the Saemann minerals

Not much has been written about our oldest surviving mineral collection because for more than 150 years it’s been almost lost to sight.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 03 Sep 2015

The Biggest Fish - New South Wales New State Emblem

Behind the recent announcement of the new NSW state fossil emblem – the fossil fish Mandageria fairfaxi – lies a truly remarkable story.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 21 Aug 2015

Incredible Photographs From the Archives: Negative No.106

A blog series investigating stories and images from the earliest collection of photographs in the Museum's history.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 30 Jul 2015

Museum Photography and the19th Century Instagram

The Museum's eye-catching series of Gerard Krefft and Manta alfredi images are about to make their debut at the Art Gallery of NSW.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 27 Feb 2015

Opening our doors

The Museum’s very first public exhibition celebrated the ‘natural and industrial products’ of New South Wales.

By: Rose Docker, Category: explore, Date: 12 Aug 2014