Latest blog entries

Find out what past entrants of our Up Close and Spineless Photography Competition think of it?

In March 2009 we surveyed past entrants of the Museum’s annual photography competition Up Close and Spineless. The competition, which focuses on invertebrates and was launched in 2002 with 158 entries, has grown in popularity to attract over 500 entries in 2008. The survey was conducted to inform the future direction of the competition and investigate other photographic exhibition possibilities for the Museum.

By: Rubén Reyes, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Museum Mystery Number one solved!

Museum Mystery number one is solved!

By: Ella Minton, Category: At The Museum, Date: 15 Feb 2011

Where do spiders go during flooding?

It not just humans that have had to face challenges from the recent flooding in Eastern Australia. An enquirer near Grafton has sent some interesting photos showing how the regions spiders have handled the rising water levels.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 14 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Small fishes and shark ageing

This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research.  We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it.  We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the Fish Section to further his research on lizardfishes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

New scans of Percy Money PNG photos

With the help of our wonderful volunteers Sue Myatt and Nan Goodsell, we have just posted some new scans of the beautiful images taken by missionary Percy Money in Collingwood Bay, PNG in the early 1900s.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Uhi ta moko: Art and practice of Maori tattooing

As the art and practice of ta moko developed in Aotearoa - New Zealand, Maori pioneered the use of smaller, narrower uhi without teeth that cut grooves through the skin.

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Dangerous, deadly and just plain mean!

Ever wondered about how safe Australia’s wildlife is … and how to avoid it? The Australian Museum’s newest mobile app provides information about different types of dangerous / potentially dangerous animals that inhabit Australia, where to find them and what to do when confronted by one.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011

A blog about ... blogs!

Blogging has been around for over fifteen years. It has fallen in and out of favour, but I now think it has found its place. 

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Weapons - Friendship and Journeys

Lately we’ve asked visitors what they would think about an exhibition about weapons.
What would they like to see?
What would be interesting to show?
Are people interested in the technical aspects?
Or would they like to discover how the weapons were used during wars and battles?

By: Ms Marloes Schepers, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Weapons! To battle ... or not to battle?

We are considering developing an exhibition around the topic of weapons using some of our amazing cultural collections. We'd like to hear your thoughts. What would you like to see in an exhibition about weapons and weaponry?  

By: Ms Marloes Schepers, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011