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

  • Extensive collection of study skins of Tasmanian birds, nearly all species represented.
  • Extensive collection of skeletal material, mostly Tasmanian and Australian mainland species.
  • T Singline and H Leonard egg collection (2500 clutches, mostly collected from the Australian mainland).
  • 300 Canadian bird study skins
  • 64 South American and West Indian Humming Birds collected by John Gould.

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

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

Coverage--80% of specimens are Tasmanian in origin. 95% of Tasmanian species are represented.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - Birds collection is 10,060.

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The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - Birds collection has an estimated 10,060 specimens.

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