Episode 3

Seven seasons and a very rare fish

“Balnba is the rainy season. Dalay is like the monsoon season, the season of the Cyclones. Mayilema is when it starts drying out. And between Dalay and Mayilema you have what we call the season of the knock 'em down … that’s when the last final rain comes - a big, powerful storm - and it knocks over all the spear grass.”

In this episode of The Collection we explore the Larrakia calendar, learn how two-way knowledge sharing can mutually assist both Aboriginal people and collecting institutions, and follow the search for a rare rainbow fish.

Hear from MAGNT’s Senior Curator of Natural Sciences Gavin Dally, and Larrakia elder and ethno-botanist Lorraine Williams.

More Information

Duration: 17 mins 10 secs

Broadcast: 20 August 2020


Produced by StoryProjects

Executive Producer: Johanna Bell

Production: Cinnamon Nippard and Lori Uden

Music Composition: James Mangohig

Mixing: Hamish Robertson

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    Find out how the Territory's favourite croc ended up on the dinner table of a young taxidermist-to-be.

    How to stuff a
    giant croc

    Episode 1

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    Discover what’s so special about giant molluscs how they came to be in the MAGNT collection.

    A heist on the
    high seas

    Episode 2

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    Follow the search for a rare rainbow fish and learn about the Larrakia seasonal calendar.

    Seven seasons and a very rare fish

    Episode 3

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    Learn about what it takes to keep collections safe in the tropics and how MAGNT fared in a Category 4 Cyclone.

    Surviving a cyclone

    Episode 4

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    Meet the angler who found a strange new creature in the intertidal zone just off Darwin. 

    Worm of death

    Episode 5


The Collection was created by StoryProjects with funding from National Science Week NT.


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