Leo Joseph inherited this well-curated and comprehensive collection when he became Curator-in-Charge of ANWC
, and he appreciates its importance for pursuing questions of systematics and biogeography.
These numbers don't make the ANWC the largest of its kind, but for birds at least it is widely regarded as the finest and most useful of all the great Australian wildlife collections.
For birds, moult has also been collected where available, while recent donations from private collectors mean that the ANWC `nest' now contains arguably the world's finest collection of bird eggs of the Australian region.
Dr David Ride, a former director of the Western Australian Museum and founding director of the Australian Biological Resources Study, believes the ANWC is priceless.
He says that while the great 19th century collections, many of which are housed in museums in Britain, Europe and North America, are interesting for their antiquity, the ANWC is more useful for scientific purposes.
Founded in 1932, the ANWC is one of the nation's oldest and most heralded press clubs.
Follow the ANWC on Twitter @Twitter @NewsWomensClub or visit its Facebook page: https://www.
With the mission of expanding the advancement of women in journalism and the media professions, ANWC
serves its diverse membership with signature newsmaker programs, ongoing professional development, and senior level networking.
is a 501(c) (3) organization, which annually raises funds for scholarships to journalism schools.
The ANWC raffle featured highly coveted prizes, among them a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia courtesy of Loews Hotels; a wine tasting party courtesy of Robert Cavanaugh; a Saks Fifth Avenue champagne & dessert celebration personal makeup consultation and fashion presentation; a Mandarin Oriental Hotel one weekend night stay in a deluxe room overlooking the Tidal Basin with breakfast for two; a Sports Club/LA three month membership; a gorgeous Ann Hand green jade necklace; tickets to the Spy Museum; "Tea for Two" at the Washington Ritz-Carlton Hotel; a Dinner Cruise Gift Certificate courtesy of Dandy Cruises; a stunning Gartenhaus black fur stole, and two tickets to Cyrano de Bergerac at The Shakespeare Theatre.
Housed in historic headquarters on Washington's Embassy Row, the ANWC includes members from the journalism, public relations, news media, and publishing professions.
Proceeds from the benefit support ANWC
education programs and journalism scholarships.