The Governor’s Wombat

Early history of an Australian marsupial:

Louis J. Pigott and Leslie Jessop

Citation Information. Volume 34, Page 207-218 DOI 10.3366/anh.2007.34.2.207, e-ISSN 0260-9541, Available Online October 2007.


This paper gives an account of the European discovery of an Australian marsupial, the common wombat Vombatus ursinus, with particular reference to the first complete wombat specimen to reach Europe, which survives in The Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. The involvement of colonial officials, navigators, explorers, naturalists and artists is discussed.