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The Eromanga Natural History Museum is managed by the Board of the Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd (OGF Ltd). The members of the OGF Board bring a diverse range of business, arts, science and cultural expertise. They donate their time, expertise and business acumen to support the ongoing work of the Foundation. Their primary role is to provide sound governance as determined by the Queensland Corporations Act 1990 and strategic direction for the Museum.

The Foundation employs an Administration Officer to run meetings and provide assistance with fund raising and administration to the Board members.


Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie
  • B. Mechanical Engineering
  • Founding Director of OGF
  • Mayor Quilpie Shire 2012 -
  • Chair Outback Queensland Tourism Assoc. (OTQA) 2015
  • Western Rivers Advisory Panel (WRAP) 2012
  • Chair Local Government Assoc. Qld. (LGAQ) Resources Community Advisory Panel 2013
  • Lake Eyre Basin Wild Rivers Advisory Panel 2011
  • Deputy Mayor Quilpie Shire 2004-2008
  • Councillor Quilpie Shire 1997-2004
  • Deputy President Eromanga District Community Assoc. 1998-2008
  • Fifth generation family in the Eromanga district
  • Fourth generation landholders 'Plevna Downs' Eromanga & Organically Certified Wool & Beef 1998 -
  • Board Member Regional Development Australia Darling Downs & South West Qld (RDA DDSW) 2015 –
  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Director 2016 –

Brendon Murray
Company Secretary/Director

Brendon Murray
  • B. Financial Administration Chartered Accountant
  • Founding Director of OGF
  • Director/Partner Bentleys Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors
  • Has an interest and passion for rural and regional Australia. Grew up in Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Mel Wilkinson

Mel Wilkinson
  • B. Science (Honours) (Geology) B. Arts (Anthropology)
  • Founding Director of OGF
  • Senior Geologist Santos Petroleum 1993 - current
  • Senior Geologist AGL Petroleum 1989-93
  • Senior Geologist CSR Petroleum 1983-89
  • Has been actively involved in the with the work of the Foundation and earlier the Natural History Society since it began in 2004.

Clare Steele

  • B. Health Science
  • Foundng Director of OGF
  • Long term resident and is a member of one of the original families to settle in the Eromanga district.
  • President Eromanga District & Community Assoc. 1998-2005
  • Rural Womens's Symposium 2008
  • Has been actively involved since 2004.

Ari McCamley

Ari McCamleym
  • Partner Thynne & Maccartney, Brisbane-based law firm
  • Enjoys a career assisting Queensland's farmers and graziers secure their business interests.
  • With a passion to contribute to the future prosperity of regional Queensland, Ari strongly believes in the mission of the Outback Gondwana Foundation.

Robyn Mackenzie

Robyn Mackenzie
  • Founding Member of OGF
  • Partner/Director Rural Enterprise 1985-current
  • Westpac 1981-1985
  • 'Plevna Downs' Eromanga Certified Organic Wool & Beef Producer 1998-
  • Fifth generation family member from Morven district, South West Qld   1876 - 2003
  • An avid natural history enthusiast, Robyn is passionate about ensuring South-west Queensland's regional communities remain sustainable into the future.

Foundation Administration

Karen Tully
Foundation Administration Officer

Stuart Mackenzie
  • B. Ed M.Ed, GradDipFinMkts
  • Cert IV Business (Governance)
  • Cert IV Training & Assessment
  • Graduate of Qld. Leadership Program
  • JP
  • Current Directorships include South West Natural Resource Management, National Rural Women's Coalition and Rural Solutions Qld.
  • Community leadership roles currently undertaken by Karen include Chair of South West Rural Financial Counseling Service; President of Charleville Arts Gallery Inc. and Immediate Past Chair of National Rural Women's Coalition.
  • Karen provides planning and preparation support to a range of strategic initiatives and business functions associated with the management of the Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Holotype?

A holotype is a valuable original specimen that describes a new species.  It is a term used to describe a specimen that is the first known of its kind anywhere in the world.  A holotype can be any type of fossil, and it serves as the name-bearer of the species.  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.  These are rare and exciting discoveries, which help fill important gaps in the fossil record. 

Every animal and plant that is scientifically described is represented by a holotype.  If a scientist wishes to study the unique traits of a species, it is usually the holotype specimen they study.  The holotypes are the crown jewels of any museum collection.  These priceless specimens need to be stored and conserved at standards that meet the Code of International Zoological Nomenclature.

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