Basket Case!


  • Carden C. Wallace Queensland Museum



Queensland public museums and art galleries, 'distributed national collection', collectors, reflection


Queensland has some 400 public museums and art galleries. Large or small, these are all dedicated to caring for their part of what is often called the ‘distributed national collection’ and to permanently documenting a segment of our history — social, natural or otherwise. Each of us who steps inside such an institution to help in this effort is liable to become lost to this world for the rest of our working life. We are all, in some sense, collectors, and we tend to be very loyal to ‘our’ subject matter.

Author Biography

Carden C. Wallace, Queensland Museum

Carden Wallace AM is an Australian scientist who was the curator/director of the Museum of Tropical Queensland from 1987 to 2003. She is an expert on corals, having written a ‘revision of the Genus Acropora’. Wallace was part of a team that discovered mass spawning of coral in 1984. She is Emeritus Principal Scientist at the Queensland Museum.



Margaret Henty, ‘The Distributed National Collection’, Australian Academic & Research Libraries 22(4) (1991), 53–9; Andrew Simpson, ‘Cinderella, fifteen years after the ball: Australia’s university museums reviewed’, Museums Australia Magazine, 21(2) (2012), 18–20.

P. R. Muir, C. C. Wallace, T. Done and J. D. Aguirre, ‘Limited scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals’, Science 348 (2015), 1135–8; C. H. White, D. W. J. Bosence, B. R. Rosen and C. C. Wallace, ‘Response of Acropora to warm climates: Lessons from the geological past’, in Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7–11 July 2008, Vol. 1 (2010), 7–12.

W. J. Skirving et al., ‘The relentless march of mass coral bleaching: A global perspective of changing heat stress’, Coral Reefs 38 (2019), 547–57.

C. C. Wallace and J. Wolstenholme, ‘Revision of the coral genus Acropora (Scleractinia: Astrocoeniina: Acroporidae) in Indonesia’, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 123 (1998), 199–384.

J. E. N. Veron and C. C. Wallace, Scleractinia of Eastern Australia. Part V. Family Acroporidae, Australian Institute of Marine Science Monograph Series 6 (Canberra: ANU Press, 1984).




How to Cite

Wallace, C. C. (2021). Basket Case!. Queensland Review, 28(2), 114–117.



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