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

6 Ways to celebrate National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians. This year’s program takes form virtually and we have curated a list of different ways you can celebrate science all week long from the comfort of your own home! Future Earth Join dynamic and interactive webinars, podcasts and competitions to explore how … Continue reading 6 Ways to celebrate National Science Week

5 minutes with Dr Barbara Baehr, Arachnologist

Today’s #CouchCurator is Arachnologist, Dr Barbara Baehr who is sharing some of her favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? Well I guess it is the Intertidal Bob Marley Spider “Desis bobmarleyi” as this species lives in the intertidal zone between high tide and low tide. We named this spider after the reggae legend Bob Marley because … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Barbara Baehr, Arachnologist

Living Fossils: Nautiluses

Living nautiluses are the survivors of a large group of shelled molluscs that first appeared in the seas long before the age of dinosaurs, perhaps as far back as 500 million years ago.  For this reason and the fact that they show many primitive features, they are today considered ‘living fossils’. Nautilus pompilius. Images by Schmidt Ocean Institute. Nautiluses are related to molluscs such as … Continue reading Living Fossils: Nautiluses

Find the perfect Father’s Day gift

Looking for something special to gift Dad this Father’s Day? Browse our extensive range of curated gifts that are perfect for all Dads and Grandads. Visit our Queensland Museum shop at South Bank or order online by 27 August to ensure delivery before Father’s Day. Shop online today. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane 3rd Edition Twenty-five years after it was first published, this third edition of … Continue reading Find the perfect Father’s Day gift

It’s a whale of a tale

In 1982, a dwarf minke whale was discovered swimming in a small ocean lagoon on Hook Reef in the Whitsundays. At the time, the story of the whale made headlines and recently as Collections Manager at Museum of Tropical Queensland, I provided a recount of the whale’s story. If you missed The Saga of the Minke Whale on Hook Reef you can watch it on … Continue reading It’s a whale of a tale

5 minutes with Kristen Spring, Collection Manager, Geosciences

Today’s #CouchCurator is Collection Manager Geosciences Program, Kristen Spring who is sharing some of her favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My role involves looking after all of the 7 or so million items we have in the Collection, and therefore I really can’t play favourites! However, if I had to name that one specimen that … Continue reading 5 minutes with Kristen Spring, Collection Manager, Geosciences

5 minutes with Darryl Potter, Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca)

Today’s #CouchCurator is Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca) Darryl Potter who is sharing some of his favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? Not just one, rather difficult to pinpoint (like what’s your favourite song amongst numerous genres.) 1) Various species of Australian Land Snails (camaenids, caryodids, helicarionids, etc) – eg Giant Panda Snail. 2) Various species of … Continue reading 5 minutes with Darryl Potter, Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca)

5 minutes with Dr Robert Raven, Arachnology

Today’s #CouchCurator is Head, Terrestrial Biodiversity & Senior Curator, Chelicerata, Dr Robert Raven. With a wide knowledge of invertebrate groups, including earthworms and snails, as well as some frogs, Robert heads the most active arachnological unit in Australia. In 2010, they celebrate that since 1976, staff and honorary associates have described over 1000 new species of spiders. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Robert Raven, Arachnology

Held within eternal wrappings | Animal mummies in the Queensland Museum collection

Animal mummies in Ancient Egypt In ancient Egypt, a wide variety of animals were mummified. Household pets could be interred with their masters so they could be together in the afterlife; joints of poultry and meat were wrapped in linen and placed in tombs as […]

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The Brisbane Sulky

Italy has Ferraris, Germany the Porsche, England Aston Martins. Long before these marques hit the road, the sunshine state had the ‘Brisbane’, or maybe ‘Queensland’ sulky. These single ‘horsepower’ vehicles were so popular and commonplace north of the border Queenslanders didn’t realise they were a distinctive local style, rarely seen in southern cities. Indeed the name ‘Brisbane sulky’ was what they were called interstate. Sulkies … Continue reading The Brisbane Sulky

Farewell to the QT – Flashback to The Queens Park Locomotive

While doing some research in our archive last year, I came across a scrapbook of old press clippings from the QT containing articles that ranged from the 1950s to the late 1960s. The railway department had collected any articles that it was mentioned in, whether positive or negative.  Everything was in this scrapbook: news about strikes, accidents, recognition of talented staff, wage increases but what … Continue reading Farewell to the QT – Flashback to The Queens Park Locomotive

Can you name Queensland’s five major types of habitats?

Australia is one of only 17 countries in the world that is megadiverse that is, together these countries contain 70% of the world’s biodiversity. Queensland is the most biodiverse state of Australia, with 70% of Australia’s mammal species, 80% of Australia’s birds, and 50% of Australia’s reptiles and frogs. Queensland Museum has been a vital authority on the investigation, documentation and conservation of Queensland’s faunal … Continue reading Can you name Queensland’s five major types of habitats?

Where have all the museum insects gone?

By Katie Hiller, Information Officer, Queensland Museum Southbank Have you been wondering what the giant cockroaches and stick insects have been doing while the museum was closed? The insects from the Discovery Centre moved to a holiday home where they were kept warm and in isolation, from human visitors  but not each other, and they have been thriving in their new habitat. However, they are … Continue reading Where have all the museum insects gone?