Australians seem to be falling in love with chooks. Poultry keeping and showing is booming around the country, and the Museum is building its own flock.
The Museum recently acquired an oil painting, by S.R. Robertson, of ‘Robert’, a striking black-red, hard feathered, Modern Game Bantam. This magnificent rooster won the Waugh Cup for ‘best bird’ at the Old Goulburn Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Club’s annual show in 1921. Continue reading
Part of the joy of being a museum curator is working with amazing objects and their stories. In recent months this work has been focused on helping to develop an upcoming exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia. The National Museum of Australia has a rich collection of horse-related objects. It includes the iconic Phar Lap’s heart, the Junius Cup (the earliest known Australian made racing trophy) and an enormous wool wagon, as well as, smaller everyday objects such as children’s toys like rocking horses and toy horses hand-crafted from wire.