28 Evolving Contexts of Collecting: the Australian Experience

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Free-for-all broad brush collecting associated with early Australian coastal and inland exploration had all but disappeared by the early twentieth century, but none the less extensive collecting continues. Drawing on accounts of the last large-scale foreign assaults on the Australian biota and fossil beds, as well as personal collecting experience and controversies of the late 1900s, natural history collecting is shown here to be alive and well – if less adventurous, more focused, and more constrained by legal and cultural restrictions.


Naturalists in the Field

Collecting, Recording and Preserving the Natural World from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century

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