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Continent of Curiosities

 In the backrooms of museums around Australia, millions of specimens lie waiting to be discovered – bones, fossils, skins, eggs, rocks, plants and artefacts.  Each one has a story to tell, a place in the history of our continent.  

From a passion for collecting curiosities, the sciences of natural history have emerged.  And no continent provided more curiosities than Australia.  Continent of Curiosities follows the thread of these stories from the collections of one of Australia’s oldest museums, Museum Victoria. Together, these stories weave a history of the development of biological science from an Australian perspective, with insights into the people and places that influence the way we see and understand the natural world around us.

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  •  ‘beautifully produced’ Mammalian Biology

  • ‘wonderfully absorbing’ Canberra Times

  • ‘fascinating collection…popular science writing of a high standard’ Australian Book Review

  • ‘Clode is a thoughtful and fluid writer, and can spin a good yarn’
    Historical Records of Australian Science