Other Exhibitions

Great Expectations - The Chevert Expedition to New Guinea in 1875

A failure? The Chevert returned however with considerably less fanfare than when it departed. Heated exchanges concerning the success or failure of the voyage occupied many column inches in the local press. The Chevert expedition was privately organised but publicly debated.

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"Spoils of War"? – Walter Wilson Froggatt in the Kimberleys in 1887

Should museums retain objects which have been acquired in violent circumstances? Some of the artifacts in this display were taken during an attack on an Aboriginal camp.

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Yalo i Viti - Spirit of Fiji

Fijian material culture.

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A Noble Cause – The Life and Work of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay

Macleay's celebrated Russian colleague.

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Island Encounters

Artefacts from the Torres Strait and Pacific Islands 1860-1891.

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In Sickness and In Health

Body temperature and its measurement.

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By Land and Sea - Instruments of Place

An exhibition on surveying.

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Brass, Glass and Wood

Scientific instruments as works of art?

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Most Curious and Peculiar

This exhibition follows the careers of Jane Tost and her daughter Ada Rohu, two professional female taxidermists who worked in Sydney between 1856 and 1900.

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Reading Heads & Ruling Passions

An exhibition on phrenology.

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Pioneer of Precision - Captain Henry Kater

An exhibition on metrology.

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The Microscope – Science by Design

Microscopes from the Scientific Instrument collection.

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Working with Microscopes

A display about microscope accessories and slide preparation techniques.

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Slipsticks

Slide rules, old and older.

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WS Macleay and the natural history circle

William Sharp Macleay’s natural history opus Horae Entomologicae (1819-1821) sought God’s order in nature through a system of organisation based on the affinities and analogies between organisms.

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Nature's Last Stand

Enables you to explore the vulnerable nature of life. By reflecting on the processes that have affected individual species survival, we can often lay the blame at the feet of humankind.

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Preserving the Future

Examines the role of collecting zoological specimens in museums. What can we learn form these preserved bodies of life? How were they preserved and prepared?

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Life on the Wing

A display which examines the adaptations that have lead to the successful radiation of birds around the world. From their dinosaurian ancestry to today, birds have improved on a basic design which has made them the masters of the air.

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Dodo – "Dead as a..."

Exploding a myth.

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Vermiforms

The aim of this display is to draw a clear understanding of the evolutionary trends of the animals Linnaeus, loosely termed Vermiforms, or "worm like creatures".

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