Cassowary - Capturing Nature Print



A charming and evocative part of the Australian Museum's history, this is a photograph of the first cassowary in the AM collection. 

The bird was acquired from G Randall Johnson, who collected it near Rockingham Bay, Far North Queensland, in 1866.

For a time it was believed to be a species distinct from the Casuarius australis shot and named in 1854 by naturalist Thomas Wall (who had perished before he could transport the skin). The new specimen was named Casuarius johnsonii, and curator Gerard Krefft was excited to report that: 'The bird will be set up at once, and I hope to find a corner for it in our now overcrowded Museum.'

It was later judged to be the same species as Wall's earlier bird, now known as the Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius

Photographer: Henry Barnes

The perfect gifts for lovers of natural history and vintage photography and ephemera, the Australian Museum Shop is proud to be offering a range of prints featured in the Australian Museum's touring exhibition Capturing Nature.

This is a high quality archival image presented on 330gsm cotton rag paper, ready to frame. Available in 3 print sizes.

A large format photograph, the aspect ratio does not fit exactly into modern paper sizes A4, A3 and A2. The image will be scaled to fit, in the most appropriate manner to the paper size selected, leaving the image frame visible and as close as possible to the paper edge

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