The Waterhouse Club is a major support group of the South Australian Museum  and has just celebrated 30 years since its inception.

The Club offers access to the Museum’s scientists
The South Australian Museum’s scientists are at the centre of our Club’s program and their talents and exciting discoveries are showcased by the Club’s exceptional expeditions and events. The Club founded in 1987, is young in spirit and experimental in its diverse program.

For example, a recent expedition to the Nuyts Archipelago gave members an opportunity to see and experience these remote and rarely visited beautiful islands, off the coast from Ceduna in the Great Australian Bight.

Our scientific leaders were Professor Phil Weinstein, Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide and Research Affiliate at the Museum whose expertise is vast, encompassing entomology, public health and medicine; and Dr Peter Hudson, Collection Manager Entomology at the Museum.

The scientific aims of collecting insects in the Nuyts Archipelago were twofold. Firstly, to comprehensively document, for the first time, the nature and diversity of the insect fauna present; and secondly, to use the natural experiment that the islands provide to test some fundamental theories of island biogeography. This required placing insect traps on the mainland, and on three islands that differed in size and distance from the mainland.

Read more in the Nuyts Expedition Report.

Education, entertainment and travel.
The Club’s aims are to enlighten and have a good time – standards are high and events are staged with flair.  Destinations are chosen for their scientific interest and beauty, often with privileged access. We aim to see the world through the multi-disciplined eyes of the Museum, which can be a life transforming experience.

Your kind of people
The Club’s objective is to provide a network of influential people to give support to The Museum through influence and raising money for the Museum Foundation. On joining, you can expect to be among people who are at a stage in life when they can take an interest in the natural world and let their curiosity flourish through access to authoritative knowledge.

Separate from the Waterhouse Club, the Museum has an excellent program of activities for families and children which is best accessed through  Museum Membership.

Nuyts Archipelago Expedition – preparing for insect collection