Media releases

The South Australian Museum is a vibrant hub of activity. We invite the media to read our media releases to keep up-to-date with the goings-on at the Museum. You can also find out what our scientists are up to with Unlocked: Stories from the scientists

  • 14 September 2017

    Photo of stubborn wombat storms in to win popular prize

    Photographer Charles Davis of Cooma, NSW, has been named the People’s Choice winner of the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition at the South Australian Museum for his image ‘Guthega wombat’.

    He snapped the award-winning photograph of a common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) after a three-day period of snowstorms.

  • 31 August 2017

    Eureka Prize win for Aboriginal Heritage Project

    A project creating the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia before European arrival has won national recognition with the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

    The Aboriginal Heritage Project is led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) in partnership with the South Australian Museum, and in collaboration with Aboriginal families and communities across Australia.

    The research uses DNA from historical hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia during a series of remarkable anthropological expeditions run by the University of Adelaide across Australia from 1928 through the 1960s, now held by the South Australian Museum along with detailed information about the birthplaces, family history, film, audio and written records.

  • 15 June 2017

    The story of copper told in a new free public display at the South Australian Museum

    Copper: A richly South Australian resource, on view at the Museum from 15 June, is a free display that tells the important story of South Australian copper.

    From its chemistry and history to its future potential in our state and in our lives, this new display highlights the critical importance of copper to South Australia.