Robyn Mackenzie founded a natural history museum at Eromanga, Qld.

Story Katrina Weatherly  Photos Georgie Mann

Using a drill and clad in a white lab coat, Robyn Mackenzie OAM wouldn’t look out of place in a dental clinic. But instead, she’s in a dinosaur museum in south-west Queensland, removing rock from around dinosaur bones. 

With guidance from expert palaeontologists and 6 board members, Robyn has been the driving force behind the development of the Eromanga Natural History Museum. On a 167ha site, 3km outside Eromanga, it’s become a premier tourist attraction. In the King’s birthday honours this year, Robyn was given a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for this work. 

“I’ve come from someone who knew nothing about dinosaurs and the scientific world to developing a museum, running a business, employing and managing staff, running dinosaur digs, prepping bones, reading a geology map, doing media, working with architects and designers, and raising vital funds."

This story excerpt is from Issue #151

Outback Magazine: Oct/Nov 2023