Indicator: AATH-08 Survey of condition of collections outside of Australia’s Antarctic Territory
|Location||Plants||Rocks/minerals||Birds/eggs||Mammals||Fish||Marine invertebrates and crustaceans||Insects||Objects|
|Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Sydney (now the Powerhosue Museum)||x||79||4||1||x||x||x||19|
|Australian Antarctic Division||x||3||2||x||x||x||x||14|
|Mawson Antarctic Collection||x||3||1/1||4||x||x||x||344|
|South Australian Museum||x||100+||237||38||88||x||290+||97+|
|Newcastle Regional Museum||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||5#|
|State Library of NSW||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||5|
|Western Australia Museum||x||x||x||x||32||x||x||x|
|Esperance Municipal Museum||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||10|
|National Archives of Australia||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||3|
|National Museum of Australia, Canberra||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||2|
|Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney||16||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Tate Museum, University of Adelaide||x||37 trays/19 trays||x||x||x||x||x||11+|
Where two numbers are listed, the first refers to specimens from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-14, the second to the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions of 1929-30 and 1930-31.
# excludes the nine items belonging to the Australian Museum and five belonging to the South Australian Museum
Source: Wheeler, B and Young, L 2000, Antarctica in museums: the Mawson collections in Australia.
Collections of material associated with Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic cultural heritage are housed in a number of museums and other institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
No comprehensive data was available on what items make up each of these collections and their condition, with the exception of collections related to Douglas Mawson. Collections are generally not at risk, though there are some concerns that relate to specific collections, especially those in private hands. These concerns are outlined in the commentary on Antarctica's heritage.
The data on items related to Mawson shows that items are spread across various museums and institutions and include natural ‘objects’ such as rocks, animals and plants and human-made objects.
No comprehensive assessment has been made of what collections are held outside of Australia’s Antarctic Territory, nor assessments of their condition.
Australian Antarctic Territory — Cultural heritage aspects - Condition of heritage sites and collections
This indicator examines and provides evidence for the overall condition of heritage collections outside Australia’s Antarctic Territory.
Other indicators for this issue:
- AATH-01 Macquarie and Heard Islands — survey of the condition of shipwrecks on or around and sites associated with the sealing industry
- AATH-02 Survey of the condition of Mawson’s Huts, Cape Denison, 1911-14
- AATH-03 Survey of the condition of scientific research stations established on Macquarie Island
- AATH-04 Survey of he condition of scientific research stations established on Heard Island
- AATH-05 Condition of Scientific research stations - survey of Mawson Station
- AATH-06 Condition of scientific research stations - survey of Wilkes Station
- AATH-07 Condition of scientific research stations - survey of Davis Station