Generous support from our donors allows Queensland Museum Network to acquire objects, artefacts and specimens representing Queensland’s natural and cultural heritage.
Torres Strait Islanders celebrate significant events including birth, marriage, and death with traditional ceremonies. These celebrations often include ceremonial costumes, feasting, singing and dancing.
The Waia family Torres Strait Islander Walter Waia (clan name Sagerau Zia) created SagerauGutatWerr a traditional dhibal (headdress) for engagement and marriage ceremonies on his native Sabai Island.
The Queensland Museum Foundation funded the purchase of this intricately feathered dhibal for the State Collection. As well as being incredibly beautiful, this dhibal is significant as it is the only one in the State Collection used in a traditional ceremony.
To learn more about Torres Strait Island customs and culture, visit our online exhibition Awakening.
In 2003 Australia’s first major amber deposit was located in a remote part of the Cape York coastline.
This ancient amber features inclusions of flowers, feathers and insects, providing a rare insight into the flora and fauna of our ancient past.
Thanks to generous support from Phil Creaser and the CREATE Fund, and matched by donations from the Queensland Museum Foundation, Queensland Museum Network has been able to purchase pieces of amber for the State Collection and to research them.
Using high-powered synchrotron x-ray imaging our scientists will identify, describe and photograph the ancient specimens trapped within the amber and compare results with modern species, to learn more about the evolution of one of Queensland's key ancient wilderness areas.
Read more about the Cape York amber collections and view award winning images on our Google Arts & Culture platform.