In 1877, Edward Palmer was employed by the Australian Museum to compile the first compilation Register of the existing collections. The Palmer Register was followed by 'A' and 'B' Registers, where all acquisitions were collectively catalogued. From 1885, separate specialist registers have been maintained, reflecting the major organism or object groups collected by the Museum.
Registers are important to the Museum’s collections as they contain information relating to the specimens held in these collections.
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