Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some bits & pieces from my visit to Sydney

Spent a few hours in the Australian Museum...Like a kid at a candy store...loved it, loved it, loved it...
This photograph is of Ethel King colouring a mounted specimen of a Queensland Groper, Epinephelus lanceolatus, 1925. 
In 1925, the Fiji Government sent some fish to the Australian Museum to be mounted for the New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition. The largest specimen was this groper at a whopping 2 metres long and weighing over 160 kilograms. The fish skin was fitted over a plaster cast and then coloured by Ethel King, a skilled artist. Photo held by the Australian Museum Archives. 

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