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Editor Brendan Atkins

Design Louise Cornwell

Production Jenny Hooker

Views expressed are not necessarily those of the Museum.

We welcome your feedback, comments and enquiries. Email the editor at alice.gage@australian.museum.



  • 1 - From the Director
    Transforming the Museum by Kim McKay
  • 3 - In this issue
    Your guide to this edition’s stories
  • 18 - Review
    Martyn Robinson reviews two new titles
  • 27 - On the agenda
    Rewilding Madagascar by Owen Griffiths
  • 34 - Members message
    Serena Todd’s guide to upcoming events


  • 4 - Birdwing butterflies on a wild planet
    Centenary of a historic butterfly collection and book by Jacquie Recsei
  • 7 - Behind the scenes
    Wild Planet on the horizon by Bredan Atkins
  • 10 - Now showing
    Ngara: the path to knowledge, wisdom and survival byAmanda Jane Reynolds
  • 14 - From the collection
    A bridge between two cultures by Scott Mitchell
  • 16 - Science
    Sydney’s freshwater fishes bySally Reader
  • 22 - Science
    Rock of surprises by Brian Timms
  • 24 - Australian Museum Foundation
    Expedition to Southern French Polynesia by Mandy Reid


  • 6 - Science Bytes
    News from AMRI
  • Centre - Xplorer young scientist liftout
    Soil’s alive
  • 19 - Xplanations
    Witchetty grub anyone?
  • 20 - In your backyard
    With Martyn Robinson
  • 31 - Members travel
    Travel the world with Museum scientists
  • 32 - Photofeast
    Celebrating 50 years of wildlife photography
  • 35 - Members events
    Night talks and sleepovers