An early morning view of Melbourne

The installation of new objects to our galleries is often done in the mornings, before the Museum opens to the public. Staff members from curatorial, conservation, registration and exhibitions are all involved in the process.
A recent addition to our Landmarks gallery is this wood engraving showing a panoramic view of Melbourne by the artist, Thomas Carrington. It was originally published as a supplement to the Melbourne weekly paper, The Australasian, and shows the rapid expansion of the city during the 1870s. After many hours of research, writing, conservation treatment, design and planning, it is great to finally see the object on display.

nma-43868112-002-wm-vs1_o4Catriona Donnelly, Jess Wignell and Janet-Lynne Mack position the object with care.
Photo by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

nma-43868112-006-wm-vs1_o4Catriona and Jess positioning the text panels in the display case.
Photo by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

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A final inspection of the completed exhibit.
Photo by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

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