Where did all the tigers go? The Tasmanian Museum thylacine collection


Kathryn Medlock, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), will explain the formation and use of the thylacine collection at TMAG

Start Date

7th Mar 2017 8:15pm

End Date

7th Mar 2017 9:15pm


Central Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required - Enquiries: E:, T: 61657014

The Royal Society of Tasmania Public Lecture

presented by

Kathryn Medlock


The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) collection contains 94 registered thylacine specimens, making it one of the largest and most diverse collections of this extinct marsupial carnivore in the world’s museums. The collection is actively used by researchers, is in constant demand by documentary film makers and the thylacine exhibition is one of the most popular galleries in TMAG.

Historical records indicate that many of the thylacines obtained by TMAG during the 19th and early 20th centuries were exchanged for specimens from other museums to fill the TMAG display galleries.

This lecture will outline the history and formation of the current TMAG thylacine collection to reveal the nature of the exchange networks and how thylacine specimens became a commodity.


All interested people are welcome
Drinks will be available beforehand (gold coin appreciated)
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