Enquiring Minds – Curator’s Talk
Join the Old Government House Curator, Anna Ridley, on the fourth Thursday of the month for a behind the scenes peek at Enquiring Minds.
Enquiring Minds is a fascinating science exhibition which will delve into the eighteenth and nineteenth century voyages of discovery which combined the exploration of the great southern land with scientific advances in navigation, astronomy, mapping, and botanical collecting.
During this insightful talk, visitors will find out how Governor Brisbane’s star catalogue was created at the Parramatta Observatory over four years by his astronomers Charles Rumker and James Dunlop, using instruments featured in the exhibition.
Learn more about the explorations of John Oxley and Allan Cunningham when they ventured west beyond the Blue Mountains and how their routes were plotted onto modern maps to create an interactive display. Discover the international connections Old Government House continues to have with the botanical collections in Kew Gardens, London, thanks to the work of Colonial Botanist, George Caley between 1800 and 1810.
Join our Curator as she takes you deeper into the lives of these early scientists and collectors, and explore in greater depth how their work contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge around the world during the age of enquiry.