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August 2013

  • 19 August 2013

    Australia’s oldest culture enters the digital age

    The South Australian Museum is strengthening cultural links with remote or fragmented Australian Aboriginal communities through a new digitisation project, supported by Newmont Asia Pacific and the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade Resources and Energy (DMITRE).

    The Aboriginal Material Culture Collection held at the South Australian Museum is recognised as the world’s largest and most comprehensive, as it includes objects from all regions of Australia across history. These include many artefacts collected during the mid-19th century, as well as the Norman Barnett Tindale Collection archives, which were recently inscribed onto UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World Register.

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  • 16 August 2013

    Southern Right Whale Skeleton Saved

    Scientists at the South Australian Museum will begin work on a Southern Right Whale recovered on southern Eyre Peninsula nearly two weeks ago. 

    A team sent by the Museum spent a week salvaging the whale’s skeleton and important organs, after the dead mammal was reported stranded and surrounded by sharks near Tumby Bay.

    Collection Manager of Mammals David Stemmer says the Museum is pleased to have its second Southern Right Whale specimen.

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  • 08 August 2013

    Science Festival Ignites Museum

    The South Australian Museum is set to showcase the jewels of its research as National Science Week fever sweeps the country next week.

    The festival is designed to ignite public passion for science in fields such as mineralogy, biology, innovation, engineering and technology and help the community understand how important these industries are for our society.

    The South Australian Museum will host a series of programs to inspire and delight our visitors. More than 1000 events are taking place in other museums, science centres, schools and universities across the country.

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  • 02 August 2013

    Our Acting Director: on a mission to cure 'nature deficit disorder'

    Meet the South Australian Museum’s new Acting Director, Professor Andy Lowe:  a talented biologist with a particular enthusiasm for top-quality science, working in tropical jungles and helping cure society of ‘nature deficit disorder’.

    Professor Lowe has taken up the post for six months while the Museum conducts an international search for a new Director, following the departure of Professor Suzanne Miller in June.

    Having worked in more than 60 countries and built a solid reputation for solving global problems, Professor Lowe is a welcome addition to the Museum’s team of scientists, collection managers, Honorary researchers, floor staff and volunteers.

    “I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity as Acting Director of the South Australian Museum, given the strength of the institution,” he says.

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