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Museum 'rogues gallery' of specimens and photos revealed for first time

Museum 'rogues gallery' of specimens and photos revealed for first time

The unique collection is little known outside the museum and has never before been revealed to the public.

  • by Tim Barlass

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'The jewel in Canberra's crown': The changing face of Belconnen
History

'The jewel in Canberra's crown': The changing face of Belconnen

It's become Canberra's apartment capital and Belconnen isn't done changing yet.

  • by Blake Foden
Bronze baby Buddha found off WA's north coast could be Ming treasure
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Bronze baby Buddha found off WA's north coast could be Ming treasure

Two West Australian men exploring the state’s north coast with a metal detector discovered a Buddha statue that could date back to the early Ming Dynasty.

  • by Emma Young
Monster nugget found in 1869 would sell for $12 million today
Gold

Monster nugget found in 1869 would sell for $12 million today

Over the years many myths have been told about how the world’s biggest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, was found in 1869, in central Victoria.

  • by Carolyn Webb
Matthew Flinders found: London dig unearths grave of great explorer
UK

Matthew Flinders found: London dig unearths grave of great explorer

Against the odds, and just in time for Australia Day, a remarkable discovery has been made at a massive archaeological dig in central London.

  • by Nick Miller
Endeavour replica to circumnavigate Australia for Cook anniversary
Indigenous

Endeavour replica to circumnavigate Australia for Cook anniversary

The government has announced $6.7 million for a 39-stop circumnavigation of Australia in 2020 by a replica of James Cook's Endeavour.

  • by Fergus Hunter
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For posteriors' sake: uncovering the Bodleian's secret hoard of obscene books
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For posteriors' sake: uncovering the Bodleian's secret hoard of obscene books

The Phi Collection is around 140 years old, one of many collections created in a new cataloguing system at the height of Victorian prudishness.

  • by Nick Miller
Life before air con: Surviving the great heatwaves of Canberra's past
Weather

Life before air con: Surviving the great heatwaves of Canberra's past

Scientists banded together to fight bushfires; bicycle tyres melted; spilt petrol caught fire in the sun - heatwaves in Canberra's past sounded wild.

  • by Sherryn Groch
New-look Blundells Cottage is closer to the real thing
History

New-look Blundells Cottage is closer to the real thing

Conservation works recently unveiled at Blundells Cottage are designed to bring the homestead back to its origins as a working rural farm.

  • by Sally Pryor
The quiet, detail-obsessed people behind a great Australian resource

The quiet, detail-obsessed people behind a great Australian resource

How a murder turned a newspaper reader into a spell checker for the National Library of Australia.

  • by Steve Evans
Howard-era documents warn of 'extremely tight' National Museum timeframe
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Howard-era documents warn of 'extremely tight' National Museum timeframe

The Coalition scrambled to have a permanent home ready for the museum by the Centenary of Federation.

  • by Doug Dingwall