Joyce Allan – Australian Conchologist and Artist

Joyce Allan at work, Australian Museum circa 1930. Australian Museum Archives AMS502. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum.

Illustrator, conchologist (i.e., one who studies mollusk shells) and museum curator Joyce K. Allan (1896-1966) was the first woman to be employed as a scientist by the Australian Museum and the first elected female fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. A Fascination with Shells Allan was Continue Reading

Matthew Henson: Explorer, Scientist

Featured Image: Matthew Henson in Greenland in 1901.    “My thoughts were on the going and getting forward, and on nothing else.” -Matthew Henson, explorer, scientist1, 2, 3, 4 A member of the first expedition to reach the North Pole, Matthew Alexander Henson was an experienced member of several polar Continue Reading

Jane Tost and Ada Rohu: A Remarkable Mother-Daughter Taxidermy Team

In 1863 taxidermist Jane Tost (c.1817-1889) was the first woman to be professionally employed by the Australian Museum, and later with her daughter Ada Rohu (1848-1928) she founded the extremely successful taxidermy and curio business – Tost and Rohu – which operated in Sydney from 1878 until the 1930’s.