The basis of the zoological collections of the QVMAG was formed from the Launceston Mechanics' Institute, which opened in 1842. Many exotic species, mainly mounted specimens, were acquired during the early years as a result of exchanges with other museums around the world. Dr RH Green, Curator of Zoology 1961-90 was responsible for significantly increasing the size of the Tasmanian mammal and bird research collections including the range of species represented.

Significant holdings

  • 890 pouch young of Tasmanian marsupials including significant numbers of Common Wombat, Eastern Quoll, Tasmanian Devil and Brushtail Possum.
  • 535 Common Wombats, including 400 skulls, 85 pouch young and juveniles.
  • 1200 native and endemic rodents (Muridae), including study skins, skulls and wet specimens.
  • Extensive collection of skeletal material, mostly Tasmanian species.

The collection was established in 1842 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

Coverage--90% of specimens are of Tasmanian origin. All Tasmanian terrestrial species are represented.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - Mammals collection is 5,600.

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The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - Mammals collection has an estimated 5,600 specimens.

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