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 stop...
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