Established from the 1790s collections of New South Wales Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay, successive members of the family extended the specimen/object collections throughout the nineteenth century.
Archives include original material and copies of documents in the Public Record Office, Kew, London, Linnean Society of London and Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney and the University Archives, Sydney University.
Contexto geográfico y cultural
Australian and international natural history collecting.
Late nineteenth century museum history.
Late nineteenth and early twentieth century scientific instrument manufacturers.
Mandatos/Fuentes de autoridad
Senior Curator, Macleay Museum.
Administración de registros y políticas de recolección
Material concerning Macleay family, or their collectors, especially their natural history activities. Some original material with mostly copies of documents in Public Record Office, Kew, London and Linnean Society of London.
A12 Macleay Building.
Macleay collections represent a wide range of material related to the collecting activities of its donors and benefactors along with the activities of the museum since its establishment in 1892.
Archival holdings are tied to the collection strengths, that is:
The ethnography collection includes significant material documenting cultural and social life acquired from Indigenous peoples of Australia and the Pacific region during the pre-colonial, colonial and early post-colonial periods.
The natural history collection includes an extraordinary natural history collection that encompasses several branches of entomological, vertebrate and invertebrate orders. Highlights include 2,350 holotypes of insect, bird and mammal specimens. Its great strength is the amount of foreign material, unparalleled in Australia by age or comprehensiveness.
The scientific instruments and apparatus collection consists primarily of objects used by University departments – in particular by chemistry, engineering, geosciences, physics and biological sciences, and the Sydney Teachers College. The collection reflects the history of science.
The historic photograph collection comprises photographs documenting life in Australia and the Pacific region, from the 1840s to the 1960s, as captured by both commercial and amateur photographers. It includes a wide range of photographic formats. A representative collection of historic photographic equipment is held in the scientific instruments and apparatus collection.
The collections reflecting the work of Russian N Miklouho-Maclay overlap these collecting areas.
Instrumentos de descripción, guías y publicaciones
Museum: the Macleays, their collections and the search for order / Robyn Stacey and Ashley Hay
Área de acceso
Horario de apertura
Public museum: closed until mid-2020.
Archival material: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, by appointment.
Collection material: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, by appointment.
Condiciones de acceso y requisitos
An appointment time should be arranged in advance of a visit. Entitlements to access records held by the Macleay Museum vary. It is essential that you discuss your research with the relevant curator to determine whether records are available for your use.
Under the State Records Act 1998 (NSW), a closed period of 30 years applies.
Visitors are required to complete a research request form.
Visitors should be aware that while the Museum is closed to the public, spaces for research and archival work are limited.
Área de servicios
Servicios para la investigación
Curators will assist you with advice on relevant records held by the Museum which may be of use to you and provide guidance on the use of the collection and access to them.
Staff cannot undertake research on your behalf. If you are unable to carry out your own research, we advise you to obtain the services of a professional researcher who can conduct the research for you.
Servicios de reproducción
Decisions on the reproduction of material are made on a case-by-case basis with reference to security issues, copyright, and privacy and moral rights connected to the given records.
The Macleay Museum is closed to the public until reopening in mid-2020 within the Chau Chak Wing Museum of the University of Sydney.
Área de control
Identificador de la descripción
Identificador de la institución
Reglas y/o convenciones usadas
Estado de elaboración
Nivel de detalle
Fechas de creación, revisión o eliminación
Revised 18 April 2018
Notas de mantención
Puntos de acceso
Puntos de acceso
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
Agricultura (Thematic area)
Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
Built Environment (Thematic area)
Communication (Thematic area)
Educación (Thematic area)
Medio ambiente (Thematic area)
Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
Geography (Thematic area)
Science and Technology (Thematic area)
Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
A12 Macleay Building, University of Sydney, Camperdown Sydney, New South Wales 2006