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Researching the natural history trade of the nineteenth century

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The archives of the Australian Museum and the Macleay Museum are deployed to analyse the global trading networks of two important Australian natural history collectors in the mid-nineteenth century. The evidence reveals much about the challenges they faced transacting in heterogeneous specimens over long distances. It also uncovers some of the solutions they pursued, particularly in choosing the appropriate type of transaction, forging trust-based trading networks, obtaining up-to-date scientific information, and drawing on the infrastructure of existing, regular commodity trades.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Ville, S. (2020). Researching the natural history trade of the nineteenth century. Museum History Journal, 13(1), 8-19. doi:10.1080/19369816.2020.1760047

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085488564

Start Page


  • 8

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • The archives of the Australian Museum and the Macleay Museum are deployed to analyse the global trading networks of two important Australian natural history collectors in the mid-nineteenth century. The evidence reveals much about the challenges they faced transacting in heterogeneous specimens over long distances. It also uncovers some of the solutions they pursued, particularly in choosing the appropriate type of transaction, forging trust-based trading networks, obtaining up-to-date scientific information, and drawing on the infrastructure of existing, regular commodity trades.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Ville, S. (2020). Researching the natural history trade of the nineteenth century. Museum History Journal, 13(1), 8-19. doi:10.1080/19369816.2020.1760047

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85085488564

Start Page


  • 8

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1