Blog

By Author: Rose Docker

1930s: The One That Got Away

 A functional Ford or a ferocious fossil form.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 19 Jul 2017

1900s: King of the Beasts – Sculpture Taxidermy at the Australian Museum

When entering the recently refurbished Australian Museum in 1910, even the seasoned visitor might have stopped in their tracks.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 09 Jun 2017

1880s: Where it all began - AM's long history with Lord Howe Island

This year, Museum scientists revisted the site where its first scientific field survey was conducted 130 years ago — Lord Howe Island.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 May 2017

1860s: 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 on William Street

With 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

1840s: 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

1830s: The Rascally Bird Stuffer

Once 'collector and preserver of specimens', the Museum's early taxidermist decided to branch out.  

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

1820s: 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