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Professor J. L. Shellshear (1885-1958)
Anthropologist, physician and soldier.
A man with a decided prejudice against camels.
Women at the Museum in the 1950s
The Australian Museum first employed a female scientist in 1920 and has continued to employ women in a wide variety of roles ever since. Here you can catch a glimpse of the women working at the Museum in the 1950s.
John Disney 'What's Hit is History - What's Missed is Mystery'
John Disney was a crack shot, a brown belt in judo, and the Museum's last 'Curator of Birds'.
History of the Australian Museum Society (TAMS)
The Australian Museum society (TAMs) has promoted the role and activities of the Museum for 40 years.
Frederick McCarthy was employed by the Australian Museum for 44 years and was the curator of the Anthropology department from 1941-1964.
Robert (Bob) McDowall 1939 – 2011
Well-known New Zealand fisheries scientist, Bob McDowall died after a short illness. Bob was regarded as the father of freshwater fish and fisheries in New Zealand, but also had a huge influence on unravelling the taxonomy and distribution of Australia's temperate freshwater fish.
When she first arrived in Australia, the well-known educationalist Winifred West supported herself by teaching privately and drawing shells for Charles Hedley, the Conchologist at the Australian Museum.
Gerard Krefft, Curator and Secretary, 1861-1874
Johann Ludwig Gerard (Louis) Krefft, 1830–1881 was one of the few Australian scientists to accept and propagate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Oliver Chalmers – Curator of Minerals
The promising lad who became a highly regarded geologist.
Bilas: Body Adornment from Papua New Guinea
Opening 9 June 2023, featuring photographs by Wylda Bayrón.