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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

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The Workshops Rail Museum

Loimia genus of sea worm by the Queensland Museum

Queensland Government

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum, focuses upon research and presentation of Queensland's story of transport and industrialisation. The Museum conducts internationally significant research into cultures and histories, geological and biological sciences and environment, and is home to millions of objects, specimens and artefacts that tell the changing story of Queensland. With expert knowledge in history, archaeology, anthropology and cultural studies we reveal new knowledge about societies and cultures. Through objects we demonstrate and illustrate these important aspects of our shared heritage. Our research is published in books, journals, magazines and online at the Queensland Historical Atlas.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Cultural and historical research
  • Biological research
  • Anthropological research
  • Paleontological research - the most comprehensive fossil heritage in Australia

Facilities and major equipment

  • Queensland Centre for Biodiversity
  • Queensland Museum - Brisbane
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Molecular Identities Laboratory

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


The Workshops Rail Museum, Lot 32 North Street, North Ipswich, 4305

Lead researchers

  • Doctor John Hooper—Head of Biodiversity & Geosciences Program at the Queensland Museum, John is an international authority on sponges
  • Doctor Rob Adlard—Head of Marine Zoology & Senior Curator of Parasitology

Achievements of the centre

Other centres in Queensland

Organisation type

  • Queensland statutory authority
  • Not-for-profit
  • Museum

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Last updated:
19 June 2019