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Collections

Paleontological Collections in Brisbane:

Geosciences Research and Collections Facility, Queensland Museum (Hendra, Brisbane).
Queensland Museum is the custodian of the State Collection for Queensland. The Geosciences Program cares for one of the largest collections of rocks, fossils and minerals in the Southern Hemisphere and includes many iconic vertebrate fossils. The Geosciences collections, laboratories and staff are housed in a facility located in suburban north Brisbane (Hendra) at the Hendra Geosciences Research and Collection Facility, approximately 30mins travel via public transport from the main Queensland Museum in South Brisbane, just across the road from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The South Brisbane Museum hosts international travelling exhibitions along with several permanent exhibitions, including the palaeontologically-themed Lost Creatures. This display includes many replica and real fossil specimens from the Geosciences collection, including the type specimens of Kunbarrasaurus, Isisfordia, Wintonopus and Siderops. The Geosciences collection boasts a wide range of Australian vertebrate fossils, including type specimens of Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic taxa.

Geosciences Research and Collections Facility Open Day! Sunday, 13th Oct, 2019.
The Geosciences team will welcome SVP delegates to the collection on Sunday, 13th Oct, 2019 by hosting an open day at the facility where hourly tours will be provided for delegates to see many of the iconic specimens not currently on display, such as the type specimens of Muttaburrasaurus and Rhoetosaurus. The collections also include uniquely Australian megafauna, fossils from the World Heritage Fossil Mammal Site (Riversleigh) and Palaeozoic tetrapods…among many others!  
Queensland Museum Geosciences welcomes SVP delegates to Brisbane, along with their families, with a unique opportunity to visit our Hendra Collection and Research Facility, located at 122 Gerler Rd. Hendra, Brisbane, on Sunday 13th October, 2019. Hourly behind-the-scenes tours will showcase many of Australia’s iconic fossils from our collections. 
Free tours will commence at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm with the last tour commencing at 4pm. Each tour will take approx. 40 mins in length with arrival required 15mins prior to your tour commencing.
As the tour includes a visit to our labs and collection store, safety regulations require that all guests must wear covered-in shoes.
Maximum tour sizes apply so please register your interest below or risk being turned away.
Register at: geoscience.inquiry@qm.qld.gov.au
Please provide your name, institution, how many people will be attending, and a preferred time for your tour.    
 
Geosciences Research and Collections Facility Access to Collections for Research Purposes.
Visitors wishing to access the QM Geosciences Collection to undertake specific research are required to complete this application form for approval by QM management. Research visits occurring pre-, post- and during the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology’s 2019 annual meeting will require logistical collaboration and planning with Geosciences curatorial and collection staff. This is due to the impacts of staff availability, specimen access and collection space requirements leading up to, during and after the meeting. It is expected that access requests to individual specimens by multiple independent researchers may occur. Therefore we will require the cooperation of researchers to possibly include group-based access into their visit. This will ensure we can both accommodate as many requests as possible, and minimise risk to specimens by reducing handling and movement. 
 
NOTE: the Geosciences Collections will be closed to research visitation on Tuesday 8th Oct due to the facility hosting an all day workshop; and on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th Oct, post the meeting due to the open day. Research Application forms are available by clicking here.
 
Getting to Geosciences Research and Collections Facility!
The Queensland Museum Geosciences Program Research and Collections Facility is located at 122 Gerler Rd Hendra, Brisbane. Please be aware that travel times will apply if staying near the conference venue at South Brisbane.

Public Transport
Bus 301 (Cultural Centre –City-Valley-Ascot-Hendra-Toombul) taken from the South Brisbane Cultural Centre station, platform 1 to Gerler Rd at Newmarket Street (stop 41/38 Hendra). The bus takes approx. 35 mins and the bus stop is only 150m from the front door. Please consult local public transport website for more information:
https://translink.com.au/

Private Transport
The quickest route is via the Inner City Bypass (ICB) from South Brisbane to Hendra. Access the ICB via the William Jolly Bridge and Caxton Street and stay on the ICB until Kingsford Smith Drive. Take Kingsford Smith Drive for 2.4km and then turn left at Nudgee Road. Travel along Nudgee Rd for 2km and turn left at Gerler Rd. Continue for 350m and the facility is on the right. Parking is available at the front of the building or along the street. Please consult Google Maps for more information.
 
Other Collections in Brisbane:
Queensland Museum has a modern collection of fishes, reptiles and mammals. This is a separate department currently located at the South Brisbane museum (across the road from convention centre) with separate access requirements. Access to modern collections would need to address the relevant curator on a request by request basis. Please visit the Queensland Museum website for specific access requirements at www.qm.qld.gov.au

Other vertebrate fossil collections in Queensland:
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History, Winton, Queensland
Eromanga Natural History Museum, Eromanga, Queensland
Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond, Queensland
Boulia Stonehouse Museum, Boulia, Queensland.
 
Other Collections in Australia:
Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales
Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia
Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia
Museum of Central Australia, Alice Springs, Northern Territory