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  • 11 Dec 2020 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    This conversation was recorded at our floor talk in the Central Gallery at TMAG on Monday 23 November 2020. You may find that John Sexton's introduction sounds a bit echoey – do persevere though, because the recording improves with David and Jane.

  • 05 Nov 2020 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Cathy Byrne (TMAG Senior Curator of Zoology) and Di Moyle (honorary curator) were contracted by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to develop an interactive key to identify caterpillar species in Australia.

    They scoured the literature for information on caterpillars, examined specimens and painstakingly recorded data on hundreds of anatomical features for each family to gather the information required to enable the key to distinguish between most caterpillars encountered at the border or in the bush.

    Cathy spoke to the Friends about the key in an engaging floor talk, which included a great overview of the lifecycle of moths and butterflies. 

    To check out the key, click here.

  • 20 Aug 2020 10:25 PM | Anonymous

    This floor talk is about a scientist and an artist who collaborated to help save an endangered species, and in the process won a Tasmanian Design Award. 

    Spotted Handfish Spawning Habitat and Clay is an insight into science-based, research-driven collaboration with art and design resulting in site specific ceramic artificial spawning habitat installations into the Derwent River. The project is a collaboration between Dr Tim Lynch, Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, and Jane Bamford, ceramic artist. The aim of the project is to support the spawning of the critically endangered spotted handfish to further secure this charismatic marine species from extinction. 

    Click here for Dr Tim Lynch, and here for Jane BamfordRead about the Tasmanian Design Award here.

    To visit the Handfish Conservation Project website, click here.

  • 23 Jun 2020 9:48 PM | Anonymous

    While TMAG, and hence the Friends, were prevented from holding events during social isolation in 2020, we produced an online presentation for you to watch.

    Dr Simon Grove, Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, has put together a talk on Tasmanian seashells. Simon knew what he wanted to do from an early age, and you'll catch a glimpse of his shell collection from his childhood in England, and then hear how he came to Australia to continue his studies at James Cook University in Queensland, and on to a job he loves here at TMAG. 

    We thank Simon for putting his time into this, and Friends committee member Janine Combes for facilitating the presentation. We hope that you enjoy it.


  • 28 Mar 2019 9:16 PM | Anonymous

    A great chance to cast aside our inhibitions and pick up some hints about creating a fun and meaningful journal. It opened everyone's eyes to the treasures of TMAG, and helped reluctant writers to find a way of putting their words on paper, and hesitant sketchers to take the plunge with those pencils.

  • 16 Jan 2019 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    Members brought their children and grandchildren along to a great family event, and a chance for the kids to educate their elders on the finer details of augmented reality, a segment of the Dinosaur rEvolution funded by the Friends.

  • 18 Jul 2018 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    You can't sum up Australia's presence in Antarctica in an hour or two. We were given a taste of ice core sampling, a penguin-cam view of Southern Ocean krill, an insight into why Antarctic medicine is being used as a model for NASA's preparations for Mars, and a look at the outside and the inside of the new supply ship Nuyina. And I haven't even mentioned the penguin biscuits. In the words of one of our members, 'Extremely informative, well planned and with entertaining and engaging speakers'.

  • 28 Jun 2018 8:15 PM | Anonymous

    Miguel de Salas and Lyn Cave of the Tasmanian Herbarium did a great job of explaining what it's like to go bush in Tasmania in search of new plant species.

  • 08 Feb 2018 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    It's a squeezy venue but the forty members who managed to fit into the Herbarium were treated to a wonderful talk by Dr Gintaras Kantvilas, and a rare opportunity to see at first hand some of the carefully preserved specimens that form the Herbarium's collection. Gintaras recounted the tangled history of some of the specimens -- one was first collected by the French, impounded in Batavia by the Dutch, seized by the English in transit to the Netherlands, and finally returned to the French through patient dialogue between the scientists, despite their nations' continuing war footing.

  • 29 Sep 2017 9:45 PM | Anonymous

    A capacity crowd of 120 members enjoyed a walk through Lahaye's Garden at Government House, followed by a warm welcome from Her Excellency the Governor, an informative talk by gardener Tara Edmondson, and a superb selection of canapes themed for the occasion by chef Ainstie Wagner. 

    Lahaye's Garden is a recreation of a vegetable garden established at Recherche Bay in 1792 by a French scientific expedition led by Rear Admiral Bruni D'Entrcasteaux.

    To whet your appetite once again for both history and food, we invite you to read up about them by following the links below.

    To read Tara's talk, click here. 
    And to revisit Ainstie's marvellous menu, click here.

    To see more photos of the event, go to our photo album.

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