Latest blog entries

South Australian Oyster Farmers Visit the Museum

Oyster growers Max, Roxanne and Phil Lowe paid us a surprise visit to check on the progress of the South Australian mudworm project.

By: Lexie Walker, Category: Science, Date: 22 May 2012

Our First Volunteer

Celebrating our nations' volunteers this week - we should draw attention to the Australian Museum's first official volunteer - 20 year-old Hereward Leighton Kesteven.

By: Rose Docker, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 17 May 2012

Alexander the Great education group bookings open

Secure your students' place for this exceptional exhibition.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 16 May 2012

Happy Birthday Edward Lear

On 12 May, we celebrate Edward Lear’s 200th birthday. Best known for 'The Owl & The Pussycat' he was also a natural history artist.

By: Emma Gray, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 May 2012

DigiVol: Why volunteer?

Julie, Louise and Ron are experienced volunteers who provide insight into why they devote their valuable time, knowledge and skills volunteering weekly on this project. Currently, we have over 60 committed volunteers who digitise valuable entomology specimens/labels, malacology specimens/ labels and a range of archival material, including the early Museum registers, fascinating field diaries and beautiful illustrations. The specimen labels and some of the handwritten archival material are transcibed into text by volunteer digitisers as well as the virtual volunteers on the online volunteer portal.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 09 May 2012

Introduced Species: Friend or foe?

The introduction of plant and animal species around the world has lead to the destabilisation and even collapse of some ecosystems. But are all the effects of introduced species negative?

By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 02 May 2012

The Ball that wasn't

In 1864 The Australian Museum was the venue chosen for a reception for the visit of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. Why wasn't it held?

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Apr 2012

Why are we running a fashion design competition?

Some of the aims of our annual Fashion Less Waste design competition are revealed...

By: Jane Johnston, Category: At The Museum, Date: 20 Apr 2012

This week in Fish: Stephanie and Spadenose Clingfish

The highlights of the week were the commencement of a new stint of employment for Stephanie Baccarella and the arrival of two specimens of Spearfish Remora. The Spearfish Remora is a pale pink fish that uses its sucking disc to attach to the gills of marlin and spearfish. These specimens are the first for the collection and will definitely feature on the website soon. There is still so much to learn about Australian fishes!  Thank you as always to all our contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Apr 2012

New Live Exhibits in Search & Discover: Year of the Water Dragon

Two young Eastern Water Dragons are being displayed in the Australian Museum’s hands-on enquiry center; Search & Discover.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 05 Apr 2012