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Museum taxidermy gets a hairdo

Museum taxidermy gets a hairdo

In preparation for display and photography the Museum's taxidermy merino wether has recently received some special attention from our conservation staff. The wool on the taxidermy had been flattened in transport, so conservator Cathy Collins took special care to give it back its bounce.

The merino wether belonged to the Fonthill poll merino flock, established by the Maple-Brown family near Goulburn in southern New South Wales in the 1960s and 1970s. In response to declining wool prices and the rising cost of labour, the family bred this strain of 'easy care' merino sheep for both wool and meat production.

It will be on display as part of the Landmarks gallery in 2011.

All photography by Jason McCarthy.