Vänersborg Stuffed monkey in the museum archives This label is written in Charles John Andersson’s hand and dated a few days before he died, CLICK and read more…. The museum archive. 1000 birds from southern Africa stuffed and displayed here, a unique collection of birds from Botswana and Namibia that is 168 years old. This stuffed arctic hare has nothing to do with Andersson or the Axel Eriksson collection but lives in the same archive along with an assortment of strange artefacts. A red squirrel stuffed into the shape of a little dog, balanced on all its four paws, with tiny collar and snipped tail. CLICK and read more This saddle bill has lost some of the original flamboyance of his bill. These magnificent birds are becoming rarer in the wild but when seen, often foraging on roadsides early in the morning, the skin surrounding bill and neck is bright red. The colour of these stuffed birds has faded with age. African Hoopoe. This is Llewellyn’s gun. The introduction of guns to Southern Africa by men like Charles John Andersson sealed the fate of the big game, decimating huge herds of animals and it anticipated the virtual extinction of the Rhino on the continent. The museum at Vänersborg. Orange törnskata Ovoquenong, Ovambo-land, SV, Afr. Museum case where strangers meet. Reflections Once a busy thoroughfare for shipping the canals now lie still. Wild dog case. Woodland Kingfisher. The last grand home on the outskirts of Vänersborg that Charles shared with his father Llewellyn Llloyd. Adam and Eve with elephant in the garden of Eden. It is most likely that the artist had never actually seen a live elephant when this image was painted in the early to mid 18th century. A golden angel in the church at Västra Tunhem where Llewellyn Lloyd, the father of Charles John Anderssons has a monumental gravestone. The stone was erected many years after his death in 1876, by his grandson Charles Llewellyn Andersson. A lake side street in Vänersborg named after Axel Eriksson the butchers boy sent out to Africa to join Charles John Andersson by Llewellyn Lloyd in an attempt to support his ailing son. Llewellyn Lloyd and Charles John Andersson’s last stately home on farmland outside of Vänersborg. Swedish spring flowers. An elephant ornament belonging to the present owners, on the window-sill of a cottage where Charles John Andersson once grew up at a time before elephants were commonly known in Europe. CLICK and read more… Church yard in Vänersborg where Charles John Andersson’s sister, Maria Lloyd is buried. CLICK and read more… Monument to Llewellyn Lloyd at the Västra Tunhem church where he was buried. One of the homes that Charles John Andersson lived in with his father Llewellyn lloyd, during his childhood in Vänersborg. The impecunious Llewellyn lloyd moved frequently along with his menagerie of animals and his small son. Mats Ögren Wangner filming a bear skin in a Lloyd house, property of the current owner. CLICK and read more… A beautiful old barn in the Vänersborg landscape, much desired by Skansen. Beautiful, ancient oaks standing beside the lake waters in the Vänersborg landscape. It is extra ordinary to think that Charles John Andersson may well have climbed this tree when he was a boy as the house he lived in then, still stands close by. Peter Johansson, Director of the Vänersborg Museum and guardian of the Charles John Andersson history and archive. Spring. The environment inwhich Charles John Andersson grew up, looking from Västra Tunhem to wards lake Vänern. Lake Vänern. Lake Vänern. Värnersborg street, looking towards the central canals, in the nineteenth century it was one of the busiest thoroughfares and trading centres in Sweden. Grave sculpture from the Vänersborg grave yard.