5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology

Did you know…. archaeology is also a science? Spend 5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology and find out what his favourite collection item is. What is your favourite object in the collection and why? The Investigator Tree. I’m interested in this amazing artefact due to its connection with early Australian exploration. It was located on Sweers Island, Gulf of Carpentaria – a place … Continue reading 5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology

4 unique Holiday Hampers to give this Christmas

Home Grown Hamper We have gathered some of Australia’s finest products to create this delightfully home-grown hamper. Treat a special friend, sibling, mother, teacher or partner with this luxurious array of high-quality products. Featuring decadent treats from New Farm Confectionary Co, lush hand cream and handmade soap from Olieve & Oli, a hand-poured soy candle by Ivy & Wood and a beautiful ceramic Christmas decoration … Continue reading 4 unique Holiday Hampers to give this Christmas

5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager and Ichthyologist

On average there are around 30 new fish species from Australian waters described annually – how fin-tastic! Spend 5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager of Ichthyologist and find out what his favourite collection item is. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My favourite collection object is a pair of dried vertebrae from a huge White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias. The … Continue reading 5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager and Ichthyologist

Humans of SparkLab – Jesse

JesseSparkLab Learning OfficerQueensland Museum With a background in chemistry at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Jesse loves learning and studying so much that he went on to obtain a first class Honours and is currently writing up his PhD thesis. What first sparked your interest in science? I always looked forward to chemistry class because of how experimental and hands on it was. It was much … Continue reading Humans of SparkLab – Jesse

Is it a buckboard?

Cobb+Co Museum has always wanted a Queensland buckboard, and we think we have one… By Jeff Powell, Curator, Cobb+Co Museum The American buckboard was about as simple a four wheeled vehicle as it was possible to build. They looked like someone had taken a section of picket fence, attached a wheel in each corner and placed a seat on top and halfway back. Comfort was … Continue reading Is it a buckboard?

Creating & Relocating a Whale Pod: BTS of The Whale Mall

In an iconic visual statement that has shaped the cultural landscape of Brisbane for 20 years, we unpack the life cycle of the pod of Humpback Whales that hang from the breezeway of the Queensland Museum. The creation The 1980s saw the creative build of the pod as museum employees Todd Knight, Terry Tebble, Karen Mickan and Jan Williams chipped away at the spectacular showpiece, … Continue reading Creating & Relocating a Whale Pod: BTS of The Whale Mall

Remembering on Remembrance Day

Every year on Remembrance Day, and indeed Anzac Day, The Workshops Rail Museum hosts a service at the Ipswich Railway Workshop War Memorial. This year we are preparing to mark the day in a different way. We are privileged to have the War Memorial established by workers of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops on our grounds at The Workshops Rail Museum. It stand as a … Continue reading Remembering on Remembrance Day

Along Came A Spider and Snail, inspired by the Irwins

In commemoration of Steve Irwin Day (November 15), Queensland Museum reflects on the species they’ve named in honour of the Wildlife Warriors. From a striking new species of snail, to a discovery of miniscule arachnid proportions, we’re admiring the Irwin legacy and the creatures they inspire. At a Snail’s Pace 2009 sparked the start of the Irwin tribute, as a new species and genus of … Continue reading Along Came A Spider and Snail, inspired by the Irwins

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 13]: What does it take to be a palaeontologist with Dr Espen Knutsen

What does it take to be a palaeontologist? Join Dr Espen Knutsen, Senior Curator of Palaeontology for episode 13 of the Museum Revealed podcast as he outlines the process of preparing a plesiosaur fossil from the field to the lab and the new digital technologies that allow palaeontologists to look beyond the bones. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Dr Espen Knutsen Dr … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 13]: What does it take to be a palaeontologist with Dr Espen Knutsen

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 12]: Contemporary Collecting during COVID-19 with Judith Hickson

We’ve been collecting COVID-19 items including hand sanitiser, rainbow “honk for the helpers” signs and of course, face masks. On the Museum Revealed podcast today is Judith Hickson, Senior Curator of Social History who gives us an exclusive insight into contemporary collecting for the museum. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Judith Hickson Judith Hickson joined the Queensland Museum in 2016 as a … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 12]: Contemporary Collecting during COVID-19 with Judith Hickson

5 minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara

Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles and more – spend five minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara, Collection Manager (Crustacea) and learn some fascinating facts about crustaceans and some of the reasons she loves her job so much. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? Mantis shrimp! Mantis shrimp are deadly predators that strike with the speed of a bullet. They have specialised hunting limbs … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 11]: Snails, Squids and More Molluscs with Collection Manager Darryl Potter

Did you know molluscs are ancient creatures? They’ve been around for half a billion years! From snails to squids, Collection Manager of Molluscs, Darry Potter takes us through this enormously diverse group of animals.  Listen now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Darryl Potter Darryl is presently the Collection Manager for both the Mollusc and Crustacean sections. After completing studies in Applied … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 11]: Snails, Squids and More Molluscs with Collection Manager Darryl Potter

NOT those wagons, we’re British!

The newly federated Australia took steps towards meeting its defence needs in the early years of the twentieth century.  In 1911 The Government founded the Royal Australia Navy and establishing the small arms factory at Lithgow, and factories in Melbourne to produce saddlery and uniforms. Lord Kitchener, head of the British Army, visited in 1909 and suggested that Australia have an army 80,000, mostly made … Continue reading NOT those wagons, we’re British!

Do you DIG legless lizards?

By Paul Oliver and Jessica Worthington Wilmer. This is a story about the about how the genes of obscure and rare animals can speak the history of our diverse landscapes. The stars of the story are two species of very odd-looking geckos. We typically think of geckos as big-eyed, soft-bodied lizards that run around on walls at night. But geckos are in fact a diverse … Continue reading Do you DIG legless lizards?

5 minutes with Dr Tom Bridge

Take a deep dive virtually into the Great Barrier Reef this week as Dr Tom Bridge, Senior Curator of Corals spends 5 minutes chatting about his favourite parts of the collection and his research. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? Since I started at Museum of Tropical Queensland we have collected a number of new species. They are not yet registered … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Tom Bridge

Old Bill’s Bones

By Judith Hickson, Curator, Queensland Stories Queensland Museum’s social history collection contains a number of objects which conceal unsettling histories. One of the more disturbing of these is a rusty old piece of machinery which was once used to drill sub-artesian bores throughout Queensland. The Facts To those who knew him, William (Bill) Groves was a quiet, steady man, not known to be a drinker.  … Continue reading Old Bill’s Bones

Ancient Egyptian Bread and Beer for World Bread Day

By Dr Brit Asmussen Let’s celebrate World Bread Day with a peek inside the Queensland Museum’s Antiquities collections! Celebrating World Bread Day For millennia, bread has held an important place in many cultures. World Bread Day is an international observance celebrated on October 16 dedicated to this culinary staple, enjoyed by communities around the world and throughout history. Ancient Egyptian bread in the Queensland Museum … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Bread and Beer for World Bread Day

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 10]: Queensland Museum’s Whale Collection with Heather Janetzki

We’ve been having a whale of a time bringing the Museum Revealed podcast to your earbuds. In episode 10, Heather Janetzki, Collection Manager of Mammals and Birds reveals the Queensland Museum Whale Collection. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Heather Janetzki Heather joined the Queensland Museum in 1986, shortly after it moved to its present site at South Brisbane. She worked as an Education … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 10]: Queensland Museum’s Whale Collection with Heather Janetzki

The Aussie Rules Circus comes to Brisbane… again

Who would have thought that Brisbane would ever host an AFL Grand Final? It turns out though, that if you look back through history, this is not the first time that the rugby league heartland has become the epicentre of Aussie Rules. In fact, it is not even the first Aussie Rules grand final to be played at the Gabba. So, before the mighty Lions … Continue reading The Aussie Rules Circus comes to Brisbane… again