Tasmanian Tiger: precious little remains

Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk

On 7 September 1936, the last known thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, died in the Hobart Zoo. Ironically, almost eight weeks prior, the species had been given full legal protection by the Tasmanian Government.

What was the thylacine and what became of it? A handful of photos and some old film footage, stories and recollections, together with a few treasured museum specimens are all that survive of this remarkable and misunderstood animal.

The exhibition includes thylacine remains from the QVMAG collection not seen before, as well as historical photographs, objects and stories about this remarkable and misunderstood animal.

A feature of the exhibition is a unique buggy rug (for use in a buggy or carriage), presented to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, by the Federal Group in 2002. This is the only known multi-skin rug made from thylacine skins.

This exhibition is supported by the Federal Government's Your Community Heritage Program.