Chapter 3: 1969 – 1999 (30 years) Out with the old and in with the new | QMN History

In 1969, Alan Bartholomai was appointed Director, coming into office in a time of great growth in Queensland. Museums and universities were expanding at a fast pace and graduates were being employed. At Queensland Museum new curatorships were created in arachnology, molluscs, history and technology, higher invertebrates, lower invertebrates, industrial archaeology, maritime archaeology, lower entomology and scientist in charge of materials conservation. It was also … Continue reading Chapter 3: 1969 – 1999 (30 years) Out with the old and in with the new | QMN History

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

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 | QMN History

To the beach, by Cobb & Co

By Jeff Powell, Curator, Cobb+Co Museum Cobb & Co delivered mail and passengers to some of the most remote and dusty corners of Queensland such as Boulia, Croydon, and Thargomindah, but Cobb & Co was just as important to settlements around Brisbane and southeast Queensland. The opening of the railway between Brisbane and Ipswich in 1875 spelled the end of Cobb & Co’s original route … Continue reading To the beach, by Cobb & Co

Chapter 1: 1862 – 1918 (56 Years) A Fledgling Natural History Museum | QMN History

159 years ago in a little windmill on the hill is where Queensland Museum had its beginnings. Our story begins with the Queensland Philosophical Society (QPS), who was granted temporary use of rooms in the Windmill in Wickham Terrace, along with a grant of 100 pounds which equates to roughly $15,500 today from the Government. In the early days the focus of the QPS was … Continue reading Chapter 1: 1862 – 1918 (56 Years) A Fledgling Natural History Museum | QMN History