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Issue 20 is all about the Museum’s new Great Southern Land gallery and its focus on the environmental history of the Australian continent.
The Museum’s James O Fairfax Senior Fellow in Culture and Environment, Dr Kirsten Wehner, tells the stories of the platypus, native water rat and the thylacine.
UK-based writer Abi Andrews recounts eco-feminist Val Plumwood’s Kakadu crocodile attack and her wide-reaching influence on the environmental movement.
Dr Jilda Andrews takes a model of a specially-commissioned artwork – a Murray River cod sculpted from river red gum – on a tour of the inland rivers that were once home to its enormous ancestors.
Magazine editor Eve Sullivan interviews filmmaker Alison Page about writing and directing Ochre and Sky, currently screening in Great Southern Land.
Curator Stephen Munro profiles an astonishing range of jewel-like minerals from Broken Hill which amass to form a feature wall in the gallery.
The issue also features Curator Jono Lineen’s discussion of the development and philosophy of the Museum’s new learning and play space for children, the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.
National Museum of Australia 2022
Cover image: Illustration of a rhodonite with quartz and pyrite from the richest source of rhodonite crystals in the world, Broken Hill, NSW.
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