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  • 12 Dec 2018

    Pre-Order Field Guide to Marine Fishes

    Australia's bestselling guide for anglers, divers, and aquarium enthusiasts.

    This phenomenally successful guide to the wealth and variety of fishes in Australia’s tropical waters (including the Great Barrier Reef) and south-eastern Asia has been updated and expanded. The book has sold more than 25,000 copies in its previous editions and is an invaluable reference for divers and anglers, to scientists, and the layperson—to everyone with an interest in our remarkable tropical fishes.

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  • 3 Dec 2018

    Museum of Geraldton prepares for Roman invasion

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of humankind will open at the Museum of Geraldton Saturday 8 December.

    Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World will provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the military genius of Julius Caesar, admire the disruptive innovations that held the Roman Empire together for centuries, and marvel at the awe-inspiring technology used to construct Rome, which became known as the Eternal City.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 28 Nov 2018

    WA Museum hosts community breakfast for #16days

    The Western Australian Museum hosted a community breakfast for people in and around Fremantle to help raise awareness of violence against women and to promote positive action to prevent it.

    The breakfast is part of the Western Australian Government’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign and was held on the lawn in front of the WA Shipwrecks Museum at Cliff Street in Fremantle from 8am to 9.30am on Wednesday 28 November. About 100 people attended.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Italian migrants arriving at Sydney, 1951.

    22 Nov 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. They’re just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Saturday 1 December at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The new touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 13 Nov 2018

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee

    The Western Australian Museum is seeking expressions of interest from members of the community to join its Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee.

    The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to advise the CEO of the Museum on matters relating to shipwrecks and underwater cultural heritage. In particular, this involves advice on the implementation of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (now amended to the Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018) and the State Maritime Archaeology Act 1973.

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  • 7 Nov 2018

    Museum pays tribute to the fallen with 10,000 hand-crafted cascading poppies

    More than 10,000 hand-crocheted poppies will cascade 20 meters down from the Museum of the Goldfields’ Ivanhoe headframe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and the world’s hope for a peaceful future.

    The Museum of the Goldfields will host the official dedication of the commemorative installation Poppies for Peace on Sunday 11 November from 9am to 10am. The ceremony will conclude with those who attend being asked to contribute to the installation by placing poppies in the grassed area surrounding the headframe.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 29 Oct 2018

    New WA coral discovery provides hope for future of reefs

    A team of scientists from the Western Australian Museum and universities in Australia and Japan has discovered a new species of coral in waters off the coast of north western WA, offering insight into which coral species are adapting in areas where climate change has had a severe impact.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 24 Oct 2018

    Albany student exhibition inspired by Artists of the World

    Imaginative sculptures, paintings and pop art inspired by some of the best known artists in the world, and created by local primary school students, are going on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from tomorrow, Thursday 25 October.

    Spencer Park Primary School’s biennial art exhibition showcases artwork from more than 300 students, including from the Spencer Park Education Support Centre. The theme for the exhibition is Artists of the World, with students’ work inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and a host of other world-renowned artists.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 5 Sep 2018

    Exhibition brings Ancient Rome to WA for the first time

     

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of mankind will open in Western Australia for the first time.

    Ancient Rome: Explore the Empire that Shaped the World opens at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 15 September and will tour both regional and metro WA Museums.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 21 Aug 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

     

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. They’re just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Saturday 1 September at the Museum of Geraldton.

    The touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Remarkable images of nature on show at WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle

     

    The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now on display at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Cliff St, Fremantle, until Sunday 26 August.

    It includes a visually striking image of a crowd of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory Maori octopus (Octopus maorum), which is the overall winner of the annual competition run by the South Australian Museum.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 9 Aug 2018

    Museum researchers identify new populations of one of WA’s rarest and most bizarre animals

    A team of researchers led by scientists from the Western Australian Museum has identified two new populations of one of WA’s rarest and most bizarre animals, the blind cave eel.

    The finds were made in two locations in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    The blind cave eel, Ophisternon candidum, is one of Australia’s least-known fishes and is the longest cave fish in the world, growing up to 40cm long.

    It is one of only three Australian vertebrates known to be entirely restricted to underground waters such as caves and wells. 

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    Hillary Henry

  • 6 Aug 2018

    Celebrate National Science Week with the WA Museum

    Metropolitan Sites

    The Western Australian Museum is ready to celebrate National Science Week this year with fun, hands-on and educational activities throughout the metropolitan area.

    There will be something for everyone with fascinating activities ranging from the world of maritime archaeology, virtual realities, marine art, becoming a citizen scientist, and behind-the-scenes tours.

     

    WA SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM
    Cliff Street, Fremantle

     

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    Hillary Henry

  • 2 Aug 2018

    Exhibition celebrates Western Australia’s majestic coastline

    Photographs showcasing the beauty of the Western Australian coast will be on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from Monday 6 August.

    Our WA Coastline features images taken by Western Australian Photographic Federation camera club members.

    The museum’s Acting Regional Manager, Catherine Salmaggi, said the exhibition showcases images reflecting the diversity of the majestic Western Australian coastline and how we can positively interact with it.

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    Hillary Henry

  • Four rare fossil teeth, probably ranging in size from newborn to adult animals, from the previously undiscovered shark, Squalicorax mutabilis

    20 Jul 2018

    WA Museum team discovers three new species of sharks that thrived in the age of dinosaurs

    Western Australian Museum researchers have discovered fossilised teeth from three previously unknown shark species, one of which apparently thrived in WA more than 90 million years ago during an extreme global warming event.

    The teeth were found in ancient rocks of marine origin, which today are exposed more than 100 metres above sea level in the lower Murchison River area.

    The finds were made by a WA Museum team led by renowned fossil shark expert Dr Mikael Siversson, the Head of the Museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Photo entitled 'We are not alone'

    20 Jul 2018

    Astrofest exhibition returns to Museum of Geraldton

    A stunningly beautiful astrophotography exhibition is on display at the Museum of Geraldton from today until 20 August 2018.

    Since its inception in 2009, Astrofest has become one of the largest science events in Western Australia, and is the only astronomy event of its kind and scale in Australia. The festival is an Astronomy WA event and is coordinated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

    A highlight of the festival is the astrophotography exhibition, which is curated by Dr John Goldsmith of Celestial Visions.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Rise of the Right

    6 Jul 2018

    Australia’s best press photographs go on show at Fremantle

    More than 90 of the best press photographs in Australia will go on show at the WA Maritime Museum tomorrow, Saturday 7 July.

    The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres – from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays.

    This exhibition features the finalists in the 2017 The Walkley Awards, the highest honour in Australian journalism.

    These photos will make you re-think the way you see the world around you.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Western Australian Museum Maritime Archaeologist Michael ‘Mack’ McCarthy underwater, inspecting the wreck at 7 Mile Beach

    6 Jul 2018

    Wreck at Dongara beach identified

    Research by the Western Australian Museum into a recently discovered shipwreck at 7 Mile Beach in Dongara points to it being the Margaret Ann.

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Curator Dr Ross Anderson said his work was greatly assisted by leads provided by the local community, after a call out for its help to identify the remains of the motorised wooden cray boat.

    Chris Akerstrom contacted the Museum with information that the Margaret Ann LFB16, operated by her late husband Mick Akerstrom, sank at its moorings in the early 1960s and was never salvaged.

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    Sharna Craig

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