About Us

 

 

Company Background:

Gondwana Studios is an Australian based company that specializes in the production of Museum quality displays. We have been producing scientifically accurate fossil casts for national and international markets since 1991. Our experienced team has traveled internationally molding and casting fossil specimens for Museums around the world.

Gondwana Studios evolved from the casting Department of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Our team of technicians were given permission to manufacture moulds from the ‘Great Russian Dinosaurs’ Exhibition from the Palaeontological Institute of Moscow, which toured Australia and the United States of America in the 1990s.

Gondwana Studios currently produces a range of dinosaur, Permian reptile and Australian megafauna casts as well as fleshed models made from lightweight durable resins.

A percentage of the proceeds made from the sales of casts by Gondwana Studios is returned to the institutions that provided the fossils for casting, to help support scientific research

 

Our Services Include:

  • custom exhibit fabrication
  • installation and de-installation   
  • molding
  • casting
  • sculpting
  • model making
  • skeleton articulation
  • skeletal reconstruction
  • metal fabrication 
  • artifact mounting
  • taxidermy
  • crating and shipping
  • Logistics

 

Working with fragile original material we create highly accurate reproductions using the most up to date molding techniques and materials available. Casts are produced using rotational and pressure casting systems delivering the highest quality product. Models are created using all available reference material to achieve accurate interpretations. All our skeletons are pre-articulated and disassemble for easy transportation worldwide.

The quality standards of the casts produced has been identified as amongst the highest in the world according to Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich from the Monash University, Melbourne.

Company's Objective:

Our objectives are to produce, to the highest quality, custom museum displays for both national and international distribution.

All products are designed to be:

  • Scientifically accurate and of the highest quality
  • Reflect realism and flexibility within the range of posture
  • Made from modern lightweight environmentally safe materials
  • Used as a teaching resource for Universities, Schools and Museums
  • Capable of being transported worldwide in the form of traveling exhibition material


Location & Facilities:


Our company operates out of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery Inveresk, a modern and recently renovated facility, with an additional off site workshop and storage.

Material Produced by Gondwana Studios:

 

Our exhibit material has been distributed extensively worldwide. Several items went on display in Steven Spielberg's Lost World Exhibition in 1997. Since then our team has produced three travelling exhibitions, two entitled Ghosts of the Great Russian Dinosaurs, in conjunction with the Monash University, and Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies in conjunction with StoneCompany.com


Our Clients Include:

 

American Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Center, Australia

Australian Museum, Australia

BBC, U.K.

Berkley, University of California, U.S.A.

Beyond International, Australia

Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, U.S.A.

Denver Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.

Dinamation International Society, U.S.A.

Duke University, U.S.A.

Field Museum, U.S.A.

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Japan

Goshoura Cretaceous museum, Japan

Gunma Museum, Japan

John Hopkins University, U.S.A.

Kenosha Public Museum, U.S.A.

Kent State University, U.S.A.

Kuzuo Town Museum, Japan

Mesa Southwest Museum, U.S.A.

Museum of New Zealand, New Zealand

Monash University, Australia

Museum Of Evolution, Sweden

Museum of Victoria, Australia

Museums and Art Galleries of Northern Territory, Australia

National Opal Collection, Australia

National Dinosaur Museum, Australia

Natural History Museum of El Paso, U.S.A.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, U.S.A.

Queensland Museum, Australia

Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Canada

Sharjah Natural History Museum, United Arab Emirates

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.

South Australian Museum, Australia

State Museum of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Texas A&M University, U.S.A.

Texas Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.

Texas Tech. University, U.S.A.

The Stone Company, U.S.A.

Toyohashi City Natural Science Museum, Japan

Toyohashi Museum of Natural History, Japan

Universal Studios, U.S.A.

University of New Orleans, U.S.A.

University of Tasmania, Australia

University of Wollongong, Australia

Valdosta State University, U.S.A.

Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan

 

Photos

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk

 

 Facility at  Inveresk

 

Peter Norton and Hank Van Tienen with Probactrosaurus cast

Hank Van Tienen with a Tarbosaur cast under construction

 

Laurie Austin working on the Protoceratops model

 

Taxidermist Gerald Schnitzhofer preparing specimens for Japanese exhibition

 

 Rotational casting machine used for producing lightweight casts

Opalised Plesiosaur on display at the National Opal Collection, Sydney