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By Author: Vanessa Finney

The women behind the work

From Scott Sisters to Ethel King, scientific illustration has allowed woman to shatter glass ceilings in the world of science.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 08 Mar 2017

A Labour of Love — the Scott Family Collection

Sisters Helena and Harriet Scott documented the butterflies and botany of NSW in exquisite detail, but their path was not without struggle. 

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: At The Museum, Date: 06 Feb 2017

The tale of four sunfish

Over an extraordinary four week period in late 1882, four rare giant sunfish were captured in Sydney waters.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 22 Sep 2016

The elephant’s story: Jumbo

For once, let's talk about the elephant in the room.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: explore, Date: 12 Jun 2015

International Women's Day, March 8

Celebrating women's role and achievements in science and museums -- with a special warning for women 'approaching their fiftieth year'.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 07 Mar 2014

Mapping our history using Historypin

The Archives has launched an Australian Museum channel on Historypin to showcase our historic photo collections.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 29 Nov 2013

Taxidermists wanted

Recruiting cadet taxidermists and scientific officers in 1891 - 'well educated lads' with 'a taste for natural history' wanted.  

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 27 Sep 2013

August 23, 1831 - shot with his own gun

Today is the anniversary of the unfortunate death of the Museum's first employee, William Holmes.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 23 Aug 2013

Frank Hurley underwater

Before the invention of underwater cameras, photographers had to come up with novel ways to approximate the underwater world.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 30 Jul 2013

Notes from Nature - Digitising the Edgar Waite Diaries #2

In 1883, self-taught naturalist Edgar Waite was only 18 and already a confident and resourceful collector and networker.  

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Science, Date: 19 Jul 2013