Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The tale of a wombat: a journey from Australia to Newcastle upon Tyne

There is a wombat in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was the first of its kind to leave Australia, setting sail (pickled in spirits) in August 1798.

Name: The governor’s wombat
Species: Vombatus ursinus ursinus
Dates: ?-1798
Claim to fame: First wombat to leave Australia
Go visit: Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

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