Tag: Australian museums

  • The Cyclops Horse and other monsters

    Steve and I are eating vegan this February, so on the 14th we celebrated what is now known as Vegantine’s Day. Normally we don’t do much (sometimes the best gift is low expectations). But since the Chau Chak Wing Museum recently opened at the University of Sydney, Steve suggested visiting it together. It turned out […]

  • Museum of Modern Gravel

    Years ago, Steve and I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. Among the works in the modern art exhibition wing was a conical pile of small grey stones, about three feet high. Steve rolled his eyes. ‘It doesn’t speak to you?’ I asked. ‘It’s gravel,’ he said, his voice full of disgust. ‘I […]

  • The most expensive method of preparing a corpse

    ‘Each day, the scarab beetle emerges from its hole in the ground to gather dung, form it into a ball, and roll it across the earth, before disappearing with it back down into the hole.’ When I read that at the Nicholson Museum, I thought, yeah, that sums up a lot of my days. Wake […]

  • A bold remedy for apparently hopeless cases

    There was one more discovery at Melbourne’s Medical History Museum that delighted me even more than Champagne Jimmy, though I know that’s hard to believe. Allow me to introduce you to the ‘colonial snakebite kit’. Actually that’s a few different kits. There were many treatments for snakebite in 19th-century Australia, the museum signage explains, including […]