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Monday, 22 July 2013


The Australian Museum in College St, Sydney NSW, is one of Australia’s most prestigious scientific institutions.
To quote the Museum’s website (here) We have published the results of scientific work on the Australian natural and cultural environment for more than 150 years. The Australian Museum houses some of the world's most important collections of Australian animal, fossil and geological specimens and cultural artefacts. Research on these millions of objects yields insights into how our world changes through time and how its diversity can be classified and interpreted.”

The Museum’s collections had a considerable influence on me in my High School days, especially the mineral displays, and I have drooled over them many times since. However, it is their printed reports which concern us here. While their geological and mineralogical content is nowhere near as extensive as those to be found in DIGS, nevertheless to use an old expression, they are “a mine of information”.

 To access an important part of this resource, go to this site: By selecting appropriate keywords, I was able to come up with these interesting articles. You should do the same, as well as exploring what other resources the Museum has to offer online.

Brian England: “Ben Lomond Zeolites” 

Sutherland et al “The Tumbarumba Basaltic Gem Field” 

Hollis, J. D.; Sutherland, F. L., 1985. “Occurrences and origins of gem zircons in eastern Australia” 

If you locate other useful records, please add them to this entry as a comment and I will transfer them to the main text if appropriate.

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