Joint Trevor Evans MP - Rare meteorite to stay in Australia
21 September 2017
The Turnbull Government will provide
$50,000 to help the Queensland Museum to purchase a rare 15.3 kilogram meteorite,
the first of its type to be discovered in Australia.
The funding, through the National
Cultural Heritage Account, secures the dendritic trolite-irons meteorite, worth
an estimated $153,000.
Out of the five other known meteorites
of this type in the world, this meteorite is believed to be the largest.
The Turnbull Government is committed to
preserving Australia’s rare and significant cultural items.
The Government’s National Cultural
Heritage Account provides support for institutions such as the Queensland
Museum to acquire significant objects and ensure they are kept in Australia for
This significant acquisition will allow
scientists and researchers to study the chemical and mineralogical differences
of asteroids and meteorites, contributing to our scientific understanding of
The meteorite was found by a gold
prospector in 2015 at Western Creek Station, 20 kilometres south of Georgetown
in north eastern Queensland. The prospector has generously agreed to sell the
meteorite for $100,000 to keep it in Australia and display it publicly.
The Queensland Museum is contributing
the remaining $50,000 required to purchase this important specimen.
For more information about the Account