by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Memento : Issue 26
May 2004 MEMENTO 3 CAMELS, HORSES, DOGS, BULLOCKS, DUNG BEETLES and 3000 excited children, parents and grandparents descended on our Canberra building in January for the biggest event on our calendar – Grandkids Day! Held in January each year, Grandkids Day encourages young people to explore our exhibitions and the treasures in the collection. This year the theme was animals, inspired by our exhibition It’s a Dog’s Life: Animals in the Public Service, which provided wonderful entertainment options for young and old. Children clamoured for camel rides, bounced on the jumping castle, were enraptured by story-tellers and had their faces painted by the Gecko Gang. Carriage rides, courtesy of two (above) Camels take a quick nibble of grass before setting off on another ride, while visitors eagerly await their turn. (left) John Feehan, one of Australia’s leading dung beetle experts, shows Helen Rasmussen and granddaughter Meridyth Hardy some dung beetles. (below) Dapple-greys Danny and Boris pull a carriage-full of happy kids and minders around the Canberra building, with owner Len Sykes at the reins. with the animals Percheron/Clydesdale horses with great plumes on their heads, were another popular attraction. Inside the building, our young visitors made their own animal masks, followed the exhibition activity trail, watched detector dogs going through their routines, and even held live dung beetles in their hands. Storytelling and dance workshops with Indigenous performer Boori ‘Monty’ Pryor were packed out. From all the compliments received, it seems Grandkids Day 2004 hit the mark. So after a big breath, we’ll start planning for 2005! Grand day Our exhibition It’s a Dog’s Life: Animals in the Public Service is going on tour. Its first venue is Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW, where it will be on display from 5 November 2004 to 23 January 2005. Check out our website for other venues.