This is a botanical model of the fruit of a Christmas Bush. It is made by mixed media and modelled by Arthur Edward Rice and coloured by Charles Toms of the Museum in about 1900. In 1890 the Museum introduced an exhibition of native flowers displaying up to 300 examples sent in-by-enthusiastic 'friends'.
Joseph Maiden, then the Museum's curator, expressed the hope that 'now the beauty of our Australian flora is brought under notice, the ruthless destruction of our trees and flowers will be stopped'. In 1896 the new curator, R T Baker, admitted that the Museum now needed models of 'indigenous vegetation' to match the 'good collection of exotics'. In 1897 Baker was able to report that these new models were proving a popular attraction, particularity with Technical College botany students. The flowers were made by College staff 'from nature'.