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Julius Haast with moa skeletons, 1867 (1st of 3)

Julius Haast with moa skeletons, 1867

Julius Haast poses with moa skeletons at the Canterbury Museum, where he was director. Early colonial museums and philosophical institutes had a strong emphasis on geology and the biological sciences. In particular there was great interest in the life and extinction of moa. Haast traded moa skeletons with overseas museums in exchange for other specimens.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Peter Clayworth, 'Life sciences - Beginnings, 1769–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44087/julius-haast-with-moa-skeletons-1867 (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014