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SOLD OUT - Birding Through the Ages

What do you know about Queensland’s amazing birdlife and the origins of bird watching in Australia?

Join Queensland Chief Scientist, conservation biologist and passionate bird watcher Professor Hugh Possingham and a panel of experts as they take you on a fly through of some our most beautiful and rare birds, and explain how they’ve been documented through the ages.  

The panel will also discuss how libraries and museums are preserving and restoring books, bird specimens and collections throughout time and how their insights are still so relevant and informative now.

And for the first time, there will be several priceless books from Queensland Museum’s rare book collection on display that document bird species and observations, dating back to the early 1800s.

Hear from:
• Queensland Museum Librarian Shannon Robinson 
• Senior Curator of Vertebrates at the Queensland Museum, Paul Oliver
• The University of Queensland researcher and bird expert, Nick Leseberg

Rare Books on Display

The Birds of Australia: in seven volumes by John Gould was published in 1848 in London, limited to 250 sets, and features 602 lithograph plates illustrating Australian bird species, of which half were unknown to natural historians at the time. 
The William McLennan Personal Papers Collection, held within the QM Library Archives, contains 48 field notebooks and 200 pages of correspondence that record copious bird-watching observations in North Queensland from the early 1900s.

Learn how today’s scientists are still referring to these works of art.

This event is now booked out. 

Event Details

28 November 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM