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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Inveresk site of the QVMAG
QVMAG is located in Tasmania
QVMAG
QVMAG
Location of the QVMAG in Tasmania
Established1891 (1891)
LocationLaunceston, Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates41°26′16″S 147°08′02″E / 41.4378°S 147.1338°E / -41.4378; 147.1338 (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Park site)
Key holdingsVictoria Cross awarded to Lewis McGee
DirectorShane Fitzgerald
WebsiteMuseum website

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is a museum located in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. The QVMAG is the largest museum in Australia not located in a capital city.[1]

History

The foundation stone for the original building to house the Victoria Museum and Art Gallery was laid by the Mayor of Launceston, Robert Carter, on 21 June 1887.[2] Alexander Morton, of the museum in Hobart, acted as honorary curator from its opening in 1891 until 1896,[3] with Herbert Hedley Scott assuming the role of curator in May 1897.[4] In 1926 the Launceston City Council amended the name to Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery to avoid confusion with the state of Victoria.[5] Scott died in 1938 and was succeeded as director by his son, Eric Oswald Gale Scott later that year.[6]

Collection and locations

Established in 1891, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has a strong reputation[citation needed] for its collection which includes fine exhibitions of colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history and natural sciences, specifically a zoology collection. There is also a special exhibition of a full Chinese temple that was used by 19th-century Chinese tin miners, a working planetarium, and displays related to Launceston's industrial environment and railway workshops.

The museum also houses the Victoria Cross awarded to Lewis McGee.

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is located on two sites, at Royal Park and at Inveresk, the site of the old Launceston Railway Workshops (41°25′41″S 147°08′27″E / 41.4280°S 147.1407°E / -41.4280; 147.1407 (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk site)).

Publications

As part of its work, the QVMAG has published several journals relating to Tasmanian ecology and history. These include Records of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Occasional Papers of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Technical Reports of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.[7]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Us". Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Retrieved 3 October 2012.[self-published source?]
  2. ^ "Victoria Museum and Art Gallery". Launceston Examiner. Vol. XLVII, no. 147. Tasmania, Australia. 23 June 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 16 April 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Mercer, Peter, "Morton, Alexander (1854–1907)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 15 April 2021
  4. ^ Plomley, N. J. B., "Scott, Herbert Hedley (1866–1938)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 15 April 2021
  5. ^ "Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery". Daily Telegraph. Vol. XLVI, no. 152. Tasmania, Australia. 28 June 1926. p. 4. Retrieved 16 April 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Rhonda Hamilton (2012). "Scott, Eric Oswald (1899–1986)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  7. ^ "QVMAG: Publications list". Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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