Monday, 13 May 2024

Explore the curious life of WA Museum’s first taxidermist

Discover the captivating story of Western Australian Museum’s first taxidermist with two new events at Subiaco Museum.

These talks, both held on Thursday 6 June, will delve into the incredible story of Otto Lipfert, a German migrant and Subiaco resident whose fascination with Australian wildlife led to significant contributions in taxidermy and natural history preservation.

Attendees will have the chance to explore Otto Lipfert's legacy firsthand, including his famous contribution to the Western Australian Museum – the blue whale skeleton, named in his honour.

Additionally, rare insights into Lipfert's personal life, family history and his extensive collection of taxidermy tools and drawings, donated to Subiaco Museum by his family, will be shared during the presentations.

Mayor David McMullen said the talks will provide incredible insight into Otto’s life and work.

“People may not know that the person responsible for the WA Museum’s iconic blue whale skeleton lived right here in Subiaco,” he said.

“Unique events like these offer an opportunity to learn more about the remarkable lives of our residents throughout history, like Otto, and the lasting impact of their legacies."

There are two talks scheduled at Subiaco Museum on Thursday 6 June; A Museum Mornings session from 10am to 11.30am; and a Night at the Museum session from 5.30pm to 7pm. Admission is free and bookings are essential. Please only book for one session as both contain the same content.
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