Marks family collection



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The Marks Collection comprises over 3000 items donated by members of the Marks family, many of whom were prominent Brisbane doctors and scientists. The collection includes domestic and personal objects, weaponry, scientific instruments and Aboriginal artefacts.

The Marks family have occupied an important place in the medical, scientific and social life of Brisbane and Queensland for over a century. The Museum's Marks collection comprises over 3000 items, the bulk of which are domestic objects from the Marks family home at 101 Wickham Terrace. The collection is the result of a series of donations since 1919 from several members of the Marks family, who were prominent in scientific and medical fields. The collection is eclectic, including domestic and personal items, weaponry, scientific and medical instruments, and Aboriginal and Pacific Island artefacts. The first items were passed to the Museum in 1919 by Charles Ferdinand Marks (a medical practitioner). Sizeable donations later came from the estates of Edris Marks and Pat Marks. Pat Marks was one of Australia's leading entomologists and a malaria expert. She donated some 960 objects to the Museum, mostly around the time that she vacated the Wickham Terrace family home to move to the family's other estate at Samford. Some significant items from Pat Marks' donation include microscopes and a ball gown made around 1890 by Brisbane dressmaker Janet Walker. Other notable objects from the Marks Collection include a clock made by renowned British clockmakers Tompion and Banger and an early marine chronometer


19th Century; 20th century; Domestic life; Entomology; Indigenous artefacts; Medicine; Ophthalmology; Scientific instruments; Textiles; Weaponry

Scientific equipment

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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