Butterfly Man of Kuranda

The Butterfly Man of Kuranda displays the wonderful array of Queensland’s beautiful butterflies, beetles and moths.

This exhibition showcases our spectacular and historic F.P. & A.P. Dodd Collection of Tropical Insects from Australia and New Guinea. The exhibition focuses on 28 beautifully-arranged showcases from 1917 through to the 1960s.

About the collection

When Frederick Parkhurst Dodd was 21 he moved from Victoria to the remote Queensland frontier town of Townsville in 1884. He developed a fascination with the wonderful tropical insects of North Queensland and devoted his life to their study.

Settling in Kuranda, he developed a spectacular show collection of insects for public viewing. The collection toured nationally in 1918 and 1923. As a result of the successful tour Dodd became a national figure, known as 'The Butterfly Man of Kuranda'.

His son, Alan Dodd continued his father’s passion for collecting, and in the 1920s brought the Cactoblastis moth from South America to rid Australia of the scourge of prickly pear, an outstanding achievement rewarded by both MBE and OBE.

In his retirement Alan undertook several adventurous collecting trips to New Guinea and produced beautifully arranged cases that complement the older collection of his father.

Event Details

27 February 2012 09:30 AM - 27 April 2012 05:00 PM
Level One
Free with Admission