26 March 2009
2009 marks 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the first publication of Origin of Species. It also marks 170 years since the landing of the HMS Beagle along the Territory’s coastline and the naming of Port Darwin in Charles Darwin’s honour.
There will be a number of celebrations in the City of Darwin and around the world to mark this anniversary.
On the 12 February the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT) launched Supercrocodilians: Darwin’s ultimate survival story. Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer and His Honour the Administrator Mr Tom Pauling AO QC opened the exhibition and to celebrate Darwin’s birthday there was a large crocodile cake.
The exhibition illustrates Darwin’s theory of evolution through the evolution of the crocodile. It features an array of crocodilian specimens from ancient fossils to modern examples. The star of the exhibition is a 110 million year old massive Supercroc skull – Sarcosuchus imperator, the biggest crocodile known to have ever existed measuring over 12 metres. Crocodilian survival, mammal-like crocodiles and a sword-toothed crocodile are also some of the attractions of the exhibition. There are also hands-on interactive elements for young crocodile enthusiasts. The exhibition will be on display at the MAGNT until 29 November this year.
Another important event for the City of Darwin is the Charles Darwin: Shaping our Science, Society and Future Symposium to be held at the Convention Centre Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September. This is a free event with speakers including Professor Tim Berra and Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty. To find out more or to register go to http://www.cdu.edu.au/cdss2009/
For more information regarding Charles Darwin events and these celebrations go to: http://www.darwin200.org.au/.