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Australian Museum

brief history ...

Australian Museum
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
The Australian Museum is Australia's oldest museum: a museum of natural history and anthropology, its collections cover invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mineralogy and palaeontology, and anthropology.

The birth of the Australian Museum is 1827 when Earl Bathurst, Secretary of State for the Colonies, is authorizing the sum of £200 per annum for a public museum and the appointment of a zoologist.

Originally known as the Colonial Museum, the museum was renamed in 1836 as the Australian Museum.

Compared with other Australian museums, the Australian Museum is not expensive for what is offering.

tourist information ...

Australian Museum
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
How to get there
Public transport to Museum Station and a short pleasant walk across Hyde Park. See map.

Contact details:
Australian Museum
6 College Street (opposite Hyde Park)
Sydney NSW 2010 Australia

General enquiries: (+612) 9320 6000
Web site: The Australian Museum Online

Hours of Operation:
The Australian Museum is open 9.30am to 5.00pm every day, except for Christmas.
17 January
1922 - The first Archibald Prize for portraiture is won by William McInnes.

1972 - A tent embassy is set up in Canberra outside Parliament House, protesting land rights.
Australian slang
  • brumby a wild horse
  • wombat a person who eats, roots and leaves
  • docket receipt
  • brick shit house, built like large frame male
  • you can knock but nobody answers dull-witted
  • chuck a Uey do a u turn
  • grey hairs old people
  • blue argument or fight
  • blow in the bag have a police breath test
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