For the past 16 years, Alison has been a senior preparator and taxidermist at the Queensland Museum (QM) as part of a skilled team delivering exhibitions across the network.
After completing a degree in Visual Art at Queensland University of Technology majoring in painting and sculpture, Alison worked in the public art sector as a mosaicist, sculptor and designer. In 1993 she moved to England where she worked as a prop and puppet maker and later a set designer specialising in children’s theatre. She returned to Australia in 2000, excited to take up a permanent position at QM that would combine her love of natural history with her artistic and taxidermy skills. Much of Alison’s taxidermy work is on display in the museum’s Discovery Centre and in Wild State, a permanent exhibition showcasing Queensland’s unique animals and habitats. In the last year she has joined the biodiversity team, preparing specimens for the bird and mammal scientific collection.