Tails of the city: Sydney's passion for pets installation view Photograph © Jenni Carter for Sydney Living Museums

Tails of the city: Sydney's passion for pets

Australians are one of the biggest owners of pets in the world, with two in three households living with animal companions. 

This exhibition was a discovery of Sydney’s surprising social history of pets, from the early days of the colony where favoured animals served practical purposes for their masters, through to today's indulged furry and feathered family members. Tails of the city was an exhibition for the whole family that explored our passion for pets through photographs, paintings, objects, hands-on activities and film.



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Along with dogs, cats, birds and fish, we have shared our homes and lives with a variety of animals, from axolotls to yabbies, budgerigars to stick insects, and many in between.
13 December 2008 - 22 March 2009