Canberra’s big dinosaur takes flight

Genevieve Jacobs 28 February 2019 17

The Dinosaur Museum T-rex prepares to take flight. Photo: G. Tsotsos.

Tyrannosaurus Rex didn’t have feathers or wings when it roamed the earth millions of years ago, but Canberra’s own T-rex took flight (with the aid of a crane) at the Dinosaur Museum this morning.

Development forced the Canberra Dinosaur Museum to relocate the giant figure: museum manager David Barker explains that civil works for the construction of a nearby service station meant the dinosaur’s current prominent position was no longer suitable.

“We’ve moved it a bit closer to the museum and we’ve had to cut down the size of the garden there and develop another part of the site. We’re looking to expand into a new adventure dinosaur garden on the other,” he said.

The tyrannosaurus is made of rubber latex and larger than life. Photo: G. Tsotsos.

The Museum’s T-rex is in fact considerably larger than life at 20m long and 6m high. By all accounts, the original species was around 12m long and 3.5m in height and also, not made of rubber latex.

But it’s still no easy task to move a creature of this size without damage, as David Barker explains. “A fair bit of planning has gone into it. Our builder, Jeff Horn has been working on this project for several weeks. He’s laid the footings and made sure the landing will be smooth.

“It took a 60-tonne crane to move the dinosaur but that’s happened pretty smoothly and she’s landed safely and in one piece,” he said.

The Tyrannosaurus will form part of the developing dinosaur adventure garden, which Barker says is a place for kids to explore and have more interactivity with the lifelike rubber and fibreglass dinosaur models. That’s being planned and developed over the next few months.

The stolen Utahraptor was eventually discovered by police in Page. File photo.

The site is also now more secure after an infamous incident several years ago when a fibreglass Utahraptor was stolen and eventually recovered from a sunroom in Page after a three-day police operation. A special response unit retrieved the dinosaur and transported it to the Belconnen Police Station after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Fencing around the garden has now been secured, following a further incident in 2017. Mr Barker says the Museum continues to enjoy strong patronage and is looking forward to completing their adventure garden development.

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17 Responses to Canberra’s big dinosaur takes flight
Julia Rayner Julia Rayner 11:26 am 02 Mar 19

Jane Holzapfel Erin's true love. She still sometimes expresses anger at me for not bringing the 'disaur bot' home with us 😂

Michael Sinclair Michael Sinclair 8:58 am 01 Mar 19

Jack Breedon more reason for you to come visit ;)

    Melissa Tracey-Patte Melissa Tracey-Patte 4:08 pm 02 Mar 19

    Jack Breedon you can visit us too 🤗

Bonnie Johnson Bonnie Johnson 6:48 am 01 Mar 19

Gina have you taken P to the Dinosaur Museum?

    Gina Ciancio Gina Ciancio 12:17 pm 01 Mar 19

    Yes, he LOVED it! We should probably go back soon 😂😂

Sammy Don Sammy Don 9:40 pm 28 Feb 19

Shannon did you see!?

    Shannon Panuska Shannon Panuska 9:46 pm 28 Feb 19

    Ah! I thought they were cleaning it! But yeah!

Shane L.J. Ryan Shane L.J. Ryan 9:36 pm 28 Feb 19

This new service station will be at the corner of Gold Creek Road and Barton Highway, about 100 metres away from the present service station in Gold Creek Village in Nicholls.

Rebecca Smith Rebecca Smith 9:16 pm 28 Feb 19

Why does Gold Creek need a 2nd petrol station?

    Rachel Barton Rachel Barton 9:42 pm 28 Feb 19

    Rebecca Smith great question? Why just why? The intersection is going to be a nightmare

    Rebecca Smith Rebecca Smith 9:45 pm 28 Feb 19

    Rachel Barton Especially since there are no lights there.

Mel Smith Mel Smith 8:29 pm 28 Feb 19

Brad Flnt Jessica Donaldson we will take you and Katie here when you come to visit! It’s pretty cool.

Danielle Smith Danielle Smith 8:27 pm 28 Feb 19

Need a bigger santa now Peter Smith

Margaret Lay Margaret Lay 7:53 pm 28 Feb 19

Petrol station hhhmmmm!

Margaret Lay Margaret Lay 7:48 pm 28 Feb 19

Is this the one?

Karen McClelland Karen McClelland 7:30 pm 28 Feb 19

Jeremy Maher this explains it!... 😘

Katie Lutesinger Katie Lutesinger 7:09 pm 28 Feb 19

So that's what all that fencing was about! I wondered.

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