This is thought to be the original photograph of the first cassowary in the museum's 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
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