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Visualising nature
Models and wall charts for teaching biology in Australia and New Zealand

by Jan Brazier and Molly Duggins

Underpinning the teaching of biology through the material revelation of organic form, 19th-century scientific visual aids operated at the intersection of science and art. From the 1860s, three-dimensional models and chromolithographic wall charts became a critical component of university curricula and public instruction at museums and colleges. This article explores the manufacture, dissemination, and application of these biological teaching aids in a colonial Australasian educational context.

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This article analyses the challenges and opportunities of interpreting house museums, with a focus on Home Hill, the Tasmanian family home of Joseph Lyons, Australian prime minister from 1932 to 1939, and his wife Dame Enid Lyons, a significant public figure in her own right. The article draws upon a project undertaken by second year pre-service primary teachers as part of a unit introducing them to the aims and purposes of humanities and social sciences education, including history. It explores the educational opportunities for primary-aged children at Home Hill and advocates for teachers to implement a sophisticated place-based pedagogy that foregrounds connections between the past and the present.