Day 13 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

December 21st, 2011

Visited museums


Walking through King George Square, we saw this industrial vacuum called the "Glutton". Great name. I like the design with the little wheel near the nozzle.
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The Powerful Medicine project - an exhibit in the Museum of Brisbane. We started our day here.
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We all especially enjoyed "Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibit in the Museum of Brisbane.
  • The top image is a "Pinto Level Scarificator" and according to the display "The human body contains about 5 liters of blood and up until the late ninteenth century loosing blood was considered to be beneficial to health." This gizmo has 6 rows of razor blades that stick out .25 inches that facilitate bloodletting. Yikes. No, thanks.
  • Leeches. Now leeches I'd consider.
  • The bottom image is an "Improved Magneto-Electric Machine" used "as a therapeutic agent ro cure nervous disorders" according to the exhibit. No, thanks.
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More scenes from the "Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibit in the Museum of Brisbane.
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We walked over to the South Bank and visited a Matisse Exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery. This exhibition included hundreds of Matisse's drawings including many sketches that he used in planning major works. It was quite informative.
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Peter in front of a display for Peters Ice Cream.
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Following the Matisse show, we ate lunch and walked to a coffee shop. To the left is a cute cartoon of a remotely-controlled coffee roaster droid (I guess) on the wall of the coffee shop.
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On the way home, we stopped for a rest in the botanic garden.
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On the way to find a more peaceful resting spot, we found this great tree: African Sausage Tree or Kigelia africana. According to the WIki page, the fruit "is believed to be a cure for a wide range of ailments, from rheumatism, snakebites, evil spirits, syphilis, and even tornadoes (Watkins 1975). An alcoholic beverage similar to beer is also made from it. The fresh fruit is poisonous and strongly purgative; fruit are prepared for consumption by drying, roasting or fermentation (Joffe 2003; McBurney 2004)."
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How about this tree? It is called a fishtail palm and is native to Asia and the South Pacific per the Wiki page. This tree was common enough that it was hard to find it identified with a plaque. A few days later, I did find one establishing it as Caryota Albertii (or is it Caryota rumphiana - Albert palm?).
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