Mr Ben McHenry

Senior Collection Manager Earth Sciences

+61 8 8207 7450


Ben graduated with Honours in Geology from the University of Melbourne and after working in the petroleum exploration industry, in 1984 he took up a position at the South Australian Museum as Museum Assistant in the Palaeontology Section.  A restructure of Museum organisation in the late 1980s saw him take on responsibility for the Mineral Collections as well. Ben completed an MSc in Micropalaeontology in 1996. Since the early 2000s, he has worked full-time in the Minerals Section as the Senior Collections Manager for Mineral Sciences.


Research Interests

History of the collections; history of South Australian mining and mineralogy.                            


Professional Associations

  • Member, Geological Society of Australia

  • Member, Mineralogical Society of America

  • Member, Mineral Society of South Australia



  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne (1983)

  • MSc, University of Adelaide (1996)


Media Expertise

Mineralogy of South Australia.



  1. Pring, A. and McHenry, B. (2009).  Gold in South Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy 15 (1/2): 39–47.

  2. McHenry, B. and Yates, A. (1993).  First report of the enigmatic metazoan Anomalocaris from the Southern Hemisphere and a trilobite with preserved appendages from the Early Cambrian of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum. 26 (2): 77–86. 

  3. Gowlett-Holmes, K. L. and McHenry, B. J. (1988).  A new species of Tertiary Chiton (Mollusca: Polyplacophora: Acanthochitonidae) from South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 112 (2): 81–82.

  4. Gowlett-Holmes, K. L. and McHenry, B. J. (1988).  Fossil Mollusc type specimens in the South Australian Museum. 1. Polyplacophora.  Records of the South Australian Museum 22 (1): 1–11.