7 things to do these school holidays

1. Scales & Tales Reptile Workshop Come and join herpetologist and wildlife photographer Steve Wilson at the museum in a small group workshop experience like no other, exploring the amazing diversity and incredible adaptations of reptiles. Experience first-hand how the Museum scientists identify different species. Sessions available from $35 per participant on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 September Learn More 2. … Continue reading 7 things to do these school holidays

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 6]: Searching for Fossils with Palaeontologist Dr Espen Knutsen

How do you search for fossils? What happens when you find one? Join Dr Espen Knutsen, Senior Curator of Palaeontology for episode 6 of the Museum Revealed podcast. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Dr Espen Knutsen Dr Espen Knutsen is Senior Curator Palaeontology at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville.  His position is co-appointed … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 6]: Searching for Fossils with Palaeontologist Dr Espen Knutsen

John Gould’s The Birds of Australia

Did you know only 250 sets of John Gould’s The Birds of Australia were published? The Queensland Museum library has one complete set of the seven volumes and supplement, as well as an incomplete set that was one of the first acquisitions for library in 1876.     Gould acknowledged in the preface that it was mammoth ten-year effort creating this work. There are 602 … Continue reading John Gould’s The Birds of Australia

5 minutes with Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs)

Today’s #CouchCurator is Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs) who is sharing some of his favourite items from the collection. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? My favourite molluscan object in the collection would probably be the Giant Triton (Charonia tritonis) because both the shell and the rarely photographed living animal are both very attractive. This species has a … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs)

Daintree Canopy Crane at JCU’s DRO and Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Mating Dance

by Geoff Thompson, Queensland Museum, Collection Imager In August last year, I was a very lucky to be invited to present at Les Walking’s Daintree 2019 Photography Workshop. The workshop was photographic heaven, held at James Cook University’s Daintree Research Observatory (DRO). One morning I took the opportunity to shoot from the canopy crane situated in the adjacent tropical rainforest. This was an astounding experience, … Continue reading Daintree Canopy Crane at JCU’s DRO and Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Mating Dance

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 5]: Rare Book Collection with Librarian Shannon Robinson

Spotted our big and small finches at the museum yet? Brisbane Festival is now in full swing. To celebrate all things birds, today on the next episode of our podcast we are talking to our Librarian Shannon Robinson about Queensland Museum’s rare book collection. In particular John Gould’s The Birds of Australia publication. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Shannon Robinson Shannon started work as the … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 5]: Rare Book Collection with Librarian Shannon Robinson

Oceanography in the Rare Books Collection

During Biodiversity Month, the Museum Library has taken a deep dive into our rare oceanography books on the voyage of the HMS Challenger, renowned as being the pioneering expedition of modern marine science. The voyage had only one intent – to investigate “everything relating to the ocean”, the first to do so. Naturalist’s John Murray and Charles Wyville Thomson spearheaded the expedition, made achievable with … Continue reading Oceanography in the Rare Books Collection

Queensland Australian South Sea Islanders embrace 20th Anniversary

Collections: Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection Imelda Miller, Curator – Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies, Queensland Museum Network Australian South Sea Islander history and heritage is an important part of Queensland history.  This year, 2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Queensland Government’s official recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders’ continuing contributions to Queensland. 20 years ago today Early in my … Continue reading Queensland Australian South Sea Islanders embrace 20th Anniversary

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 4]: Fascinating Crustaceans with Dr Marissa McNamara

Did you know that crabs have blue blood? Join Dr Marissa McNamara, Collection Manager of Crustacea for episode 4 of the Museum Revealed podcast. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Dr Marissa McNamara Marissa McNamara is a Collection Manager working with the crustacean collection. She spends her time with jars of crabs and lobsters and boxes of barnacles, making sure the 50,000 or … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 4]: Fascinating Crustaceans with Dr Marissa McNamara

5 minutes with Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies

Today’s #CouchCurator is Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies who is sharing some of her favourite exhibition at the museum. Tell us a little bit about your area and why do you love working in this specific research area? Queensland is home to two distinct First Nations Peoples; the Aboriginal People of the mainland continent of Australia and the Torres Strait … Continue reading 5 minutes with Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 3]: The Might and Muscle of Queensland’s extensive infrastructure system with Jen High

All aboard the Museum Revealed podcast train! In episode 3 Jen High, Senior Curator of Transport, Energy and Science, takes us through the new Might and Muscle exhibition at our regional campus The Workshops Rail Museum.   Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Jennifer High Jennifer High joined Queensland Museum in 2017 as Senior Curator of Transport, Energy and Science, based at The … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 3]: The Might and Muscle of Queensland’s extensive infrastructure system with Jen High

Remembering Queensland Mobilised

The mobilisation of the people of Australia and their possessions means that the country will be turned into one vast war machine. Every person whether civilian or soldier will be a cog in that machine… Women and children according to their individual capabilities, have a place in the wartime economy… ‘Mobilisation’, Queensland Times Ipswich, 14 March 1942. A pair of pilot’s goggles sit quietly on … Continue reading Remembering Queensland Mobilised

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 2]: Mephisto: The Sole Surviving WW1 German Tank with Nick Hadnutt

Mephisto is the sole surviving German A7V Sturmpanzerwagen tank in the world, but did you know these facts about the rarest items in our collection? Tune in to the Museum Revealed podcast to hear Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology reveal how the tank ended up in Brisbane. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Nick Hadnutt I am the Archaeology curator … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 2]: Mephisto: The Sole Surviving WW1 German Tank with Nick Hadnutt

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 1]: Carnivorous Sponges and Deep Sea Creatures with Dr Merrick Ekins

In this episode of the Museum Revealed Podcast we chat to Dr Merrick Ekins about searching for carnivorous sponges deep under the sea, and his Moreton Bay dugong adventures. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Meet our guest Merrick is the Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates which include; Porifera (sponges), Cnidaria (hard and soft corals, jellyfish, hydroids, anemones), Ascidians, Zooanthids, Hemichordata, Bryozoans (lace … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 1]: Carnivorous Sponges and Deep Sea Creatures with Dr Merrick Ekins

5 minutes with Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles

Today’s #CouchCurator is Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles who is sharing some of his favourite items from the collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My favourite species is Phyllurus isis, a small leaf-tailed gecko that I discovered on Mt Blackwood, north of Mackay, in the early 1990s. This was one of my earliest species descriptions and is associated with fond … Continue reading 5 minutes with Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles

Still more important than anything money can buy

This blog post is part of an ongoing series titled Connecting with Collections. The series offers readers a peek inside the collections at Museum of Tropical Queensland, highlighting objects and their stories. “I am giving you this gift – not to buy a bride – but to remember the Purpuruk Family and our beautiful Country.” Between 1980 and 1984, Jenny Sebba and Arnold Young lived … Continue reading Still more important than anything money can buy

Spotlight on Nangur Skink (Nangura spinosa)|World Lizard Day

To celebrate World Lizard Day on the 14 August and National Science Week, our #CouchCurator and Senior Curator of Reptiles, Patrick Couper is shining the spotlight on one species of Skink – Nangur Skink (Nangura spinosa). The Nangur Skink was discovered in 1992 when a single specimen was dug from a dry creek bed in Nangur State Forest. The discovery was made by staff from … Continue reading Spotlight on Nangur Skink (Nangura spinosa)|World Lizard Day

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s focus in on highlighting how the preservation and promotion of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices can be leveraged during COVID-19 and build back stronger. We’re seeing this in action with the incredible stories of resilience among the Hmong Community who are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, … Continue reading International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples