National Museum curators share details of the work going on behind the scenes and their research into key collection objects considered in the development of the Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery, which traces a broad history of Australia since European colonisation.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 14 Oct 2009
Creating a colony: the European settlement of Tasmania 1803–1853
Curator Anthea Gunn talks about her research on the colonial settlement of Hobart and the expansion of Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1800s, as part of her work on the Creating a Country gallery.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 14 Apr 2010
Matthew Flinders in the Recherche Archipelago
Matthew Flinders sailed through the Recherche Archipelago in 1802 and 1803 on board the Investigator. Curator Pip McNaught shares her work developing a Landmarks’ exhibit and talks about Matthew Flinders and his cat, Trim.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 12 May 2010
Parliament for the people
Curator Jennifer Wilson explains how Australia’s first purpose-built home for the Australian Parliament was opened with suitable pomp and ceremony in Canberra on 9 May 1927.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 11 Mar 2009
Introduction to the Creating a Country gallery
Curator Kirsten Wehner outlines the themes of the new Creating a Country gallery (now Landmarks). It looks broadly at the history of Australia since European colonisation of the continent in the late 18th century.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 10 Nov 2010
The Melbourne Cup: 150 years of history
Curator Isa Menzies gives an insight into the Melbourne Cup, from the glitz and glamour to the seamy underside of horseracing in Australia.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 10 Mar 2010
The Sunshine harvester
For many decades, Sunshine Harvester Works was a significant landmark in Sunshine, a suburb in Melbourne’s industrial west. Curator Leah Bartsch explores research into the stories and objects of Sunshine.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 09 Jun 2010
The Chinese in Bendigo
Curator Anne-Marie Conde shares her work developing an exhibit on Bendigo as part of the gold module for the Landmarks: People and Places Across Australia gallery, covering in particular the development of the Chinese community from the 1850s.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 08 Jul 2009
Robe is not famous for robes
Curator Jennifer Wilson talks about her research into the fishing port of Robe in South Australia in the late 19th century, as an example of a place where people endeavoured to create a just society with equality of opportunity and participation.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 08 Apr 2009
‘Never enough grass’ and Bowen Downs
The development of the Australian pastoral industry at Bowen Downs in Central Queensland, one of four places to be featured in the ‘Never enough grass’ module of the National Museum’s Creating a Country gallery, is outlined by curator George Main.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 20 Oct 2011
Landmarks: behind the scenes with conservators
Following a background to the Landmarks gallery by Daniel Oakman, three of the Museum’s conservators shared the techniques and process used to prepare, treat and install the Kenya station windmill, one of the Springfield dresses, and Phar Lap’s heart.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 30 May 2009
The Museum’s rare 1883 Grubb refractor telescope, used in early Australian astronomical observing programs and returned to working condition, is discussed by curator Kirsten Wehner, astronomer Vince Ford and astronomical engineer Hermann Wehner.
Behind the scenes – Landmarks series 13 Jun 2009
The ‘spirit of inquiry’ in Port Macquarie
Curator and historian Roslyn Russell talks about the work of amateur scientists, including astronomer WJ Macdonnell, in the New South Wales coastal town of Port Macquarie, as part of her research for the Creating a Country gallery.