Australian Museum

Manly Hatchet

Manly Hatchet measures at about 10cm long (photograph by Rebecca Fisher, courtesy Australian Museum - E086449)

Location: 6–8 College Street, Sydney

The Australian Museum is Australia’s oldest natural history museum. It was established in 1827 when the British Colonial Office authorised a museum in NSW for the collection of ‘rare and curious specimens of natural history’.

Today, it has a rich collection of Aboriginal artefacts from Sydney and NSW, many of them donated by local citizens in the 19th century. It also has millions of specimens of fossils, minerals, plants and animals.