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Project 1: Display on Scientific interest in Lord Howe Island
The aim of the display is to highlight the long tradition of scientific interest in Lord Howe Island, which culminated with World Heritage status in 1982 and is the basis for the high conservation management of the Island today.
The story starts with the early British sailors visiting in 1788 and making notes in diaries, then naturalists painting some of the birds, and the first scientific collecting in 1853 by scientists on board the British survey ship HMS Herald.
The Australian Museum and Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens have had the strongest scientific link with Lord Howe Island of any institution. The Botanic Gardens first visit was in 1869 and the Australian Museum 1887. This long association by these two institutions continued through to the 1970’s with the Environmental Surveys that were the basis for World Heritage listing in 1982. Research by these institutions continues today.
The display will have several layers of interest:
- concise text, photographs and design to engage the viewer and broadly tell the story. Produced on high gloss aluminium panels for durability.
- an original science display case from the Australian Museum containing specimens, drawings and scientists equipment to evoke the feeling of the scientist out in the field. This includes some original historical items such as Alan McCulloch’s portable typewriter and several of his watercolour sketches; plus bird skins and plant specimens.
- video monitor to allow for regular updating of the stories as new research continues on the Island.
The display will be designed as an integral part of the total environmental displays and complete the environmental story of Lord Howe Island.
Estimated cost for research, design, purchase of equipment and photographic content, construction of storyboards and installation: $8,965
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Project 3: Reproduction of the 1937 Ida McCommish handwritten Lord Howe Island diary as a booklet
In 1937 Ida McCommish and her husband lived on Lord Howe Island for some months, collecting botanical specimens. Ida was a keen artist and craftswoman. She taught the local children to make Pandanus baskets. She herself made a set of miniature Pandanus baskets, which were returned to England, and ended up in Kew Herbarium library. After many decades they were returned to the museum at Lord Howe Island.
While on Lord Howe Island, Ida made a small hand written booklet, with island photographs and some watercolour drawings. This was also returned to the Lord Howe Island museum. We have a copy for visitors to peruse, which creates great interest so it has been decided to have it reproduced as a booklet for sale.
The book is an excellent glimpse of life in that era, and the photographs illustrate this. It will be a good souvenir for visitors to Lord Howe Island and also will provide an income stream to maintain upkeep of the Museum and its exhibits.
Project sponsorship cost $6,200
Or half sponsorship $3,100
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