Small things sometimes mean a whole lot

In honor of the 230th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Pandora, Dr Maddy McAllister, Senior Curator of Maritime Archaeology has selected three objects rarely seen from the extensive collection held at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. _______________________________________________ HMS Pandora was the British Royal Navy warship dispatched to the South Pacific in pursuit of the infamous Bounty mutineers. On its return journey, approximately 140km east of Cape York, … Continue reading Small things sometimes mean a whole lot

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 20]: Building SparkLab: How have Science Centre’s changed with Rebekah Collins

We may be biased, but at Queensland Museum Network we reckon we’ve got one of the best science centre’s in Australia! SparkLab, at Queensland Museum, has awesome interactive exhibits, live science experiments and investigations and a maker space – but perhaps best of all, learning officers who have science and education expertise and make it their mission to get you playing, questioning and testing your … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 20]: Building SparkLab: How have Science Centre’s changed with Rebekah Collins

Preparation of ‘Cooper’s’ bones at the Plevna Downs preparation lab

by Joanne Wilkinson, Senior Fossil Preparator and Conservator The Mackenzie family, on their remote South West Queensland property between 2004 and 2006, had discovered a total of six dinosaur sites.  With so many sites to explore, the family invited palaeontologists Dr Scott Hocknull and Alex Cook, and fossil preparator Joanne Wilkinson to assist with the investigation of one of the most interesting sites. It was … Continue reading Preparation of ‘Cooper’s’ bones at the Plevna Downs preparation lab

Scientists strike gold with five new species of golden trapdoor spiders

Queensland Museum scientists have described five new species of golden trapdoor spiders from south-eastern Queensland. From being found in the inner-city to the bayside suburb of Burbank and further afield to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast hinterlands, the new spiders were a challenge to uncover. Meet the new species! NAME: Euoplos regalis FOUND: Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo areas. Euoplos regalis is one of the biggest … Continue reading Scientists strike gold with five new species of golden trapdoor spiders

In every suburban street

Many of us think nothing of picking up a few things for dinner on the way home, or purchasing a trolley load of groceries at the supermarket on the weekend. Shopping in supermarkets is a part of everyday life in Australia, but it is a fairly recent phenomenon. Large suburban shopping centres only sprang up in the years since car ownership became commonplace in the 1950s. Continue reading In every suburban street

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 19]: The Workshops Rail Museum with Rob Shiels

Hop aboard the Museum Revealed Podcast Express to the Queensland Museum Network’s Ipswich campus: The Workshops Rail Museum. Somewhere amongst the network’s biggest and heaviest collection items you’ll find Curator, Rob Shiels. Like the museum itself, Rob isn’t just about trains, so come along for the ride… you never know where he might take us! Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Let’s meet our guest: Rob Shiels … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 19]: The Workshops Rail Museum with Rob Shiels

These true bugs are a treasure

By Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum Entomologist These images show an aggregation of nymphal True Bugs. Not all insects are ‘bugs’ but these are. If you turned one over and looked at the head you might see the proboscis – a long, thin, straight feeding tube lying down between the legs – that makes these ‘True Bugs’ belonging to the Order Hemiptera. Unusually, we can … Continue reading These true bugs are a treasure

Mystery Object: A life-size giant of the ocean?

Identifying obscure and bizarre objects is all in a day’s work for staff in the Queensland Museum Discovery Centre! Today Colleen Foelz joins us to share her mystery object of the month for August. What am I? At 30 centimetres in length, am I: An over-sized model of a small land animal? A life-size giant of the ocean? Or a replica of a prehistoric sea … Continue reading Mystery Object: A life-size giant of the ocean?

Colour in insects

by Susan, Discovery Centre Information Officer Jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and Christmas beetles (Scarabaidae) are common names given to particular groups of beetles due to their spectacular iridescent or metallic colouring. The gold, green, blue or purple colour shifts as the insect moves delighting us (and presumably any potential mate) with their beauty. But what causes these shifting colours?   Colour in nature is produced using … Continue reading Colour in insects

Ask an Archaeologist Day with Nick Hadnutt

21 July marks #AskanArchaeologistDay, so we’ve asked Curator or Archaeology Nick Hadnutt three burning questions. Why did you become an archaeologist? I had worked successfully in customer service for a number of years before realising I needed a significant career change. After much head scratching, I completed a career aptitude test (I highly recommend them!) which focussed on identifying the various components within work that … Continue reading Ask an Archaeologist Day with Nick Hadnutt

Four years and a Pandemic in the making

Dr Geraldine Mate, Cultures & Histories program This week Queensland Museum archaeologists start fieldwork in an exciting community-led project exploring Australian South Sea Islander lived identities in the Mackay region.   Imagine the scene… A fenced cattle paddock, some old concrete foundations, and a lovely tropical garden arrayed along a small quiet country road. One day two port-a-loos arrive, the next a bus and two 4WDs arrive and 15 archaeologists, anthropologists, … Continue reading Four years and a Pandemic in the making

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 18]: Museum Development across Queensland with Ewen McPhee

Let’s start with an undeniable fact: Queensland is a big state. From Texas in the south to the Torres Strait 3000 kilometres to the north, from Fraser Island on the east coast to Camooweal in the far west. How does a state museum make sure that people who’d have to travel by plane or four-wheel drive vehicle – or both – to visit on one … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 18]: Museum Development across Queensland with Ewen McPhee

A most extraordinary day in the preparation laboratory

by Joanne Wilkinson, Senior Fossil Preparator and Conservator As a fossil preparator and conservator, my days are spent in a laboratory using tools and glues to preserve fossil bones. I am often the first to see detailed features and shapes of bones that have spent many millions of years under the earth. A day in the lab is always filled with wonder but what happened … Continue reading A most extraordinary day in the preparation laboratory

Learning about cultural heritage in field work

Recently, a species of skink, Lerista anyara was described by Dr Andrew Amey and his colleagues Patrick Couper and Dr Jessica Worthington-Wilmer. Found in the remote Olkola National Park in north Queensland, the skink was discovered by consultants working with First Nations Traditional Owners, the Olkola people, on the Kimba Plateau, in Cape York, following Bush Blitz, a species discovery program. The Olkola people who … Continue reading Learning about cultural heritage in field work

Humans of SparkLab – Jodie

JodieSparkLab Learning OfficerQueensland Museum Jodie is an early childhood teacher and a keen maker, with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and a background in community engagement.   What first sparked your interest in science? I have always been a curious person.  As a child I was always asking questions, wondering and exploring.  I would explore around me to … Continue reading Humans of SparkLab – Jodie

Mystery Object: What kind of skull am I?

Identifying obscure and bizarre objects is all in a day’s work for staff in the Queensland Museum Discovery Centre! Today Steve Wilson, Information Officer, joins us to share the mystery object of the month for June. What kind of skull am I? Hint! Am I a honey-badger skull, a marsupial lion skull or a boxer dog skull? When this skull was brought to the attention … Continue reading Mystery Object: What kind of skull am I?

150th Anniversary of the Coming of the Light

by Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Island and Pacific Indigenous Studies, Queensland Museum 2021 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Coming of the Light and the arrival of Christianity into the Torres Strait Islands.  Coming of the Light is a holiday celebrated by Torres Strait islanders on July 1 every year. It recognises the adoption of Christianity through the Torres Strait Islands in the … Continue reading 150th Anniversary of the Coming of the Light

Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 17]: Marine Parasites with Dr Terry Miller

Tape worms. Ticks. Head lice. The thought is enough to make you squirm, flinch and scratch. Yes, we’re talking about parasites! Most parasites are tiny; you’ll need a magnifying glass handy to see them. Dr Terry Miller, parasitologist and Queensland Museum Network’s Head of Biodiversity and Geosciences reveals more about this interesting, and often unpleasant group of organisms, as well as his role and research … Continue reading Museum Revealed Podcast [Ep 17]: Marine Parasites with Dr Terry Miller

Beginning our journey into Australian South Sea Islander collections and archives

by Eve Haddow and Zia Youse, Research Assistants on the Australian Research Council-funded project Archaeology, Collections and Australian South Sea Islander Lived Identities.  In January 2021, Zia Youse and Eve Haddow joined a Queensland Museum Network project as research assistants focussing on stories in Australian South Sea Islander archive and museum collections.  Archive and museum collections, both in Queensland and beyond, hold rich stories of Australian South Sea Islander … Continue reading Beginning our journey into Australian South Sea Islander collections and archives