Eliza’s crochet quilt: women’s work and a mother’s love

by Judith Hickson, Curator, Queensland Stories Many of us have handmade quilts, lovingly made and handed down by our mothers and grandmothers. Perhaps we too have made quilts for our children and grandchildren. As markers of life’s most important milestones, quilts were made for babies, brides and coming-of-age celebrations, as articles of warmth for elderly parents, as gifts for loved ones and, sometimes, as payment … Continue reading Eliza’s crochet quilt: women’s work and a mother’s love

Museum Tales: Journey to becoming a curator with Patrick Couper

I grew up in New Zealand and was always interested in natural history. As a child, I collected many things – shells, feathers and rocks etc. At the time, I belonged to the junior branch of the Forest and Bird Society in Wellington and would attend meetings where members would display the interesting objects they’d found. Continue reading Museum Tales: Journey to becoming a curator with Patrick Couper

Chapter 2: 1918 – 1968 (50 Years) A museum that is developing

Read chapter 1: 1862 – 1918 (56 Years) A Fledgling Natural History Museum Following the retirement of Ronald Hamlyn Harris in 1917, the Assistant Curator at the time, Heber Longman was appointed as Director. Known for his gentlemanly demeanour, Longman fostered staff and encouraged loyalty to the institution. Staff morale was high and he grew staff interest in Natural Sciences, leading to an increase in … Continue reading Chapter 2: 1918 – 1968 (50 Years) A museum that is developing

5 minutes with Jennifer High, Senior Curator of Transport and Energy

What is your favourite object in the collection and why? My favourites are those that look uneventful, but actually have a large story behind them with links to numerous people, events and places. For example, two wooden straight edges, made from the broken propeller of Vickers Vimy G-EAOU, flown by Ross Smith and Keith Smith from England to Australia in 1919. During the flight from … Continue reading 5 minutes with Jennifer High, Senior Curator of Transport and Energy

5 minutes with Judith Hickson, Curator of Social History

What is your favourite object in the collection and why? There’s so many great stories and objects from the Queensland Museum Network Collection that spring to mind making it difficult to choose, so I’ll go with the first object donated to Queensland Museum’s social history collection on 11 October 1876 – a letter from Sir Walter Scott to Mr George Harper donated by George’s son … Continue reading 5 minutes with Judith Hickson, Curator of Social History

War Brides

By Carmen Burton, Assistant Curator, Queensland Stories, Queensland Museum Women’s experiences of war are an important part of the ANZAC Day commemorations and traditions. Their stories reshape how we might understand the experience of living through conflict. This year for ANZAC Day, we are honouring and acknowledging the contribution of the young women who were married during these periods of history by sharing a 1940s … Continue reading War Brides

Shakespeare in the Rare Book Collection

by Bronwyn Mitchell, Editor, Queensland Museum This year on World Book and Copyright Day, discover The Library Shakspeare, an 1890 illustrated edition of the Bard’s collected plays in the museum’s Rare Book Collection. UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day was established in 1995 to promote the worldwide enjoyment of reading, and to recognise the role of books as ‘a link between the past and the … Continue reading Shakespeare in the Rare Book Collection

5 minutes with Dr Paul Muir, Research Officer and Collection Manager, Corals

Dr Paul Muir is the Research Officer and Collection Manager for Corals at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. His research interests lie in mesophotic (deep reef) corals, coral bleaching, coral biogeography, coral taxonomy and marine microbiology. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why?– Welllll…….there’s about 50 000 coral specimens in our collection, so it’s difficult to say!  But, there is this … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Paul Muir, Research Officer and Collection Manager, Corals

What can archaeology tell us about Australian South Sea Islanders?

by Dr James Flexner, Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology and Heritage, University of Sydney and research Leader on the Australian Research Council-funded project Archaeology, Collections and Australian South Sea Islander Lived Identities. Archaeology is an important tool for understanding Australia’s ‘hidden histories’. Australian South Sea Islanders wrote little about themselves, but traces of their history abound in Queensland’s landscapes and collections. When most people think of … Continue reading What can archaeology tell us about Australian South Sea Islanders?

Two academics walk into a bar: meditations on community-led research at an altitude of 1,365m

by Dr Helena Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Education, University of Sydney, and research team member on the Australian Research Council-funded project Archaeology, Collections and Australian South Sea Islander Lived Identities. In this personal reflection on a current research collaboration between the Queensland Museum, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, and Australian South Sea Islander communities, Dr Helena Robinson considers what it means to be … Continue reading Two academics walk into a bar: meditations on community-led research at an altitude of 1,365m

Walking across the landscape

Dr Geraldine Mate, Principal Curator – History, Industry and Technology, Queensland Museum Network When you visit somewhere with a person who has lived there all their life, it gives you a very different understanding of that place and why it’s important to those who live there. At the moment, Queensland Museum staff are part of an amazing project that does just that. Since 2016, Queensland … Continue reading Walking across the landscape

World Heritage Day

by Dr Geraldine Mate, Principal Curator – History Industry and Technology World Heritage Day celebrated on 18 April gives us a reason (if one is really needed) to delve into the amazing heritage-listed industrial precinct of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops, home of The Workshops Rail Museum, part of Queensland Museum Network. Industrial heritage, including the buildings, machinery, workshops, practices and social activities of industry … Continue reading World Heritage Day

Mother’s Day gifts with meaning

This Mother’s Day, our Queensland Museum shop is full to brim with gifts galore for the women you love. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite gift options this year. Shop in-store or online today. The last day for online orders with regular Australia Post delivery is Thursday 29 April and express Australia Post delivery on Monday 3 May. Wanderflower Time to Unwind Set Let … Continue reading Mother’s Day gifts with meaning

Hinkler’s Avro Baby

By Jennifer High, Senior Curator of Transport and Energy On 11 April 1921, Bert Hinkler flew non-stop from Sydney to Bundaberg, Queensland, in his Avro Baby aircraft, G-EACQ. The flight was a new distance record in Australia, with the 1287 km journey completed in 8 hours and 40 minutes. One hundred years later, Hinkler’s Avro Baby is part of Queensland Museum’s collection and on display … Continue reading Hinkler’s Avro Baby

5 minutes with Dr Christine Lambkin, Curator of Entomology

What is your favourite species in the collection and why? My favourite is a specimen labelled suborder Falsifera. There are nearly 3000 species of grasshoppers and crickets in Australia. There are so many different types they are placed into two Suborders, the Ensifera and Caelifera. When Queensland Museum received the University of Queensland Insect Collection in 2011, we discovered within it a specimen representing an … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Christine Lambkin, Curator of Entomology

Humans of Sparklab – Kate

KateSparkLab Learning OfficerQueensland Museum Kate is a science communicator with a Masters of Science Communication from Imperial College London. With a background in science and journalism, Kate loves working in SparkLab because she gets to have great conversations with visitors about science and learn about science all day. What first sparked your interest in science? My love of science started with a picture book. It … Continue reading Humans of Sparklab – Kate

5 minutes with Sophie Price, Curator of Anthropology

In her position as Assistant Curator, Anthropology Sophie manages and cares for the unique, complex and extensive anthropology and social history collections at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? This is always a hard question – I have too many favourite objects to count! One of them is this incredible protest sign that we collected … Continue reading 5 minutes with Sophie Price, Curator of Anthropology

We uncover – so you discover. Get the most out of our holiday programs in April!

These school holidays, visit Queensland Museum as we explore all things dive in to a range of interactive experiences for the whole family! Last days of Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators Don’t miss your last chance to visit our latest exhibition Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators. Discover more about the giant ancient marine reptiles that hunted the depths of the ocean and see how our … Continue reading We uncover – so you discover. Get the most out of our holiday programs in April!

It’s a great day for the Irish

Across the world on 17 March, Irish expatriates and those who share Irish ancestry celebrate St Patrick’s Day. But what is the story of the Irish in Queensland? Queensland has been holding celebrations in honour of St Patrick annually since the 1880s. It seems a non-sequitur to see residents of contemporary Queensland rejoicing a 4th century Romano-British missionary credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. However, … Continue reading It’s a great day for the Irish

How to save a spider

Most spiders are smaller than your thumb, but they have a mighty reputation. Venom and silk are their superpowers and they save us from a world that would otherwise be overrun with insects. Most spiders are harmless, but sometimes they turn up around the home in places that might not be convenient. On National Save A Spider Day (14 March), Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert … Continue reading How to save a spider