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Weird and wonderful: the first objects of the National Historical Collection

Dr Libby Robin, Australian National University

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Libby Robin tells the story of the zoological specimens, collected by Sir Colin MacKenzie, that were among the first objects in the National Museum of Australia’s National Historical Collection.

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collection, science

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Springfield transformed: family collection into national treasure

Carol Cooper, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

The history of the Springfield collection, more than 2000 objects from a major rural property near Sydney, is outlined by registrar Carol Cooper. She explores the remarkable family who cared for it and the Museum’s work to make this collection available.

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agriculture, collection, conservation, domestic

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A sum of many parts: the history of the National Historical Collection

Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Curator Guy Hansen traces the history of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection. He argues that the collection is eclectic – that there is no single story but many stories, with various collectors bringing different perspectives.

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collection, museums

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Collecting for the future: a collections development plan for the National Historical Collection

Mathew Trinca, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Collections and Content General Manager Mathew Trinca outlines the National Museum of Australia’s Collections Development Plan, designed to support collecting efforts for five years.

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collection, museums

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