The World Upside Down - Early European & Colonial Drawings of Curious Australian Animals

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The World Upside Down - Early European & Colonial Drawings of Curious Australian Animals

The Great Southern Land had long been a place of mystery in Europe. When first images of Australian animals arrived to Europe there was disbelief of these odd animals. Swans were black, mammals

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The Great Southern Land had long been a place of mystery in Europe. When first images of Australian animals arrived to Europe there was disbelief of these odd animals. Swans were black, mammals carried their young in pouches and furred animals laid eggs. This talk will delve into images of early Australian animals held in the National Library of Australia and Mitchell Library in Sydney from the late 18th and early 19th century – who drew these images and who collected them and how did they contribute to the huge interest in natural history at the time.