Gifts are known to come in all shapes and sizes and the latest gift to the University came in the rare and unusual form of insects.

Illustrators benefit from insect collection

Gifts are known to come in all strange shapes and sizes and the latest gift to the University came in the rare and unusual form of insects.

The collection of over 2,700 extraordinary creatures was donated to the University by Dr George Hangay and his wife Katherine who have spent much of their lives together collecting various species of exotic beetles, spiders and wasps to name a few.

Dr Trevor Weekes, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of the Natural History Illustration program, said the unique gift will be treasured by students, giving them the opportunity to use their creative talents to capture detailed drawings of the insects.

"We are ecstatic to receive this donation for our students to draw. The Natural History Illustration program is the only one of its type in Australia and the Hangays generosity is a demonstration of their belief in what we are doing and the importance they place on our program."

The Hangays also donated a collection of 3,000 unique insects in 2008 with the combined collections currently valued at $70,000.

George and Katherine Hengay with their insect collection