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  • Botanical category finalist ‘Albany pitcher plant’ by Bill McClurg of Western Australia.

    12 Apr 2018

    Remarkable images of nature on show at Museum of the Great Southern

    The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now on display at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    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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    Sharna Craig

  • Mimic sea slug, Chromodoris colemani

    5 Apr 2018

    Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered

    A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.

    Chromodoris nudibranchs or sea slugs occur across the Indo-Pacific and are very brightly coloured, with their colour patterns traditionally used to differentiate between species.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Children dressed up as pirates with one of the characters from Horrible Histories

    23 Mar 2018

    WA’s pirate history revealed in a new exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

    Western Australia’s little-known pirate past comes alive in a new exhibition opening at the WA Maritime Museum tomorrow (24 March).

    Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition features Australia’s worst pirate, John “Black Jack” Anderson, who terrorised ships off WA’s south coast.

    “Black Jack Anderson was an American who arrived in WA on a whaling ship in 1826 and lived on Middle Island, off the coast near Esperance,” said WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Four new cockle species (top and bottom on the far left: both sides of Pratulum occidentale; middle, larger speckled shell: Acrosterigma extremattenuatum; top-right: both sides of Microcardium scabrosum; bottom right: Ctenocardia pilbaraensis).

    7 Mar 2018

    International team finds new cockle species and puts others on the Australian map for the first time

    Decades of extensive biological surveys and taxonomic work have revealed four new cockle species, 16 that were previously not known to exist in Western Australian waters, and 14 others being recorded around Australia for the first time.

    The research was conducted by an international team of scientists, led by Dutch malacologist Dr Jan Johan ter Poorten, and included Western Australian Museum Curator of Molluscs Dr Lisa Kirkendale and French malacologist Dr Jean-Maurice Poutiers.

    Dr Kirkendale said the team’s work focused on cockles of WA and northern tropical Australia.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Shell-string by Dulcie Greeno, made of stripy buttons, marina and rice shells in Launceston 2016

    6 Mar 2018

    Traditional shell-stringing exhibition coming to Museum of the Goldfields

    The Museum of the Goldfields is proud to host a national touring exhibition about shell-stringing; one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s culturally significant and closely guarded traditions.

    kanalaritja: An Unbroken String from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) features a variety of beautiful, delicate and rare shell necklaces, created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, as well as a new wave of modern stringers.

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    Sharna Craig

  • "The bottle is half submerged in sand in the foreground, with crashing waves in the background."

    6 Mar 2018

    132 year old message in a bottle found on WA beach

     

    The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast.

    Until now, the previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days between jettison and discovery.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Artwork showing what the extinct Butterfly Bandicoot would have looked like.

    19 Feb 2018

    New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered

    New research has provided a breakthrough in the problematic identification of species of bandicoots and bilbies, resulting in the reassessment and subsequent reclassification of one subspecies and the identification of a new, extinct species.

    Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy at the Western Australian Museum and lead researcher in this study said the findings are significant, and open the door to describing further species within this order of marsupial mammals endemic to Australia, New Guinea and surrounding islands.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c. 1995, Itara: River Red Gum. Art carved on wood.

    5 Feb 2018

    Traditional art meets modern technology

    An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture through intricate carvings and artefacts will go on display at the Museum of Geraldton this weekend.

    Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Punuku Tjukurpa, presented by Artback NT, showcases a rich cultural history.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A man and woman reading books about Western Australia

    1 Feb 2018

    Capturing the spirit of Western Australia in words

    The Western Australian Museum is calling for members of the public to share their thoughts about the literary works they think best reflect the spirit and place of Western Australia.

    WA in Words is a project launched by the WA Museum as part of the 2018 Perth Writers Festival. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles is encouraging people from around the State to get involved.

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    Sharna Craig

  • "The Brig Amity at night."

    7 Dec 2017

    Expressions of Interest: WA Museum Advisory Committee - Museum of the Great Southern

    Expressions of Interest are sought from residents of the Great Southern Region to join the Advisory Committee for the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to link the Museum with the community it serves. This is a “two-way” liaison: representing the community to the Museum, and acting as an advocate for the Museum in the community.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A construction site with a large hole in the ground revealing concrete poles

    29 Nov 2017

    Securing the foundations




    The New Museum building is starting to take shape and the first concrete slab expected to be poured in early 2018. In preparation for this work, Multiplex and its subcontractors are drilling pilings to support and stabilise the new building. 

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    Erika Jellis

  • New grave containing five sets of human remains discovered on Beacon Island

    23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Pelagic Plastic III

    13 Nov 2017

    Exhibition highlights build-up of plastic pollution on beaches and in oceans

    A thought-provoking exhibition about the build-up of small scale plastic rubbish on Western Australia’s beaches and the wider issue of waste on the world’s oceans opens at the Museum of Geraldton this week.

    On the Beach by artist Tim Pearn, documents a year in which Pearn collected more than 1,600 pieces of washed-up plastic while on his regular walks along just one beach in the State’s south.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Bleating froglet (Crinia pseudinsignifera) in water

    10 Nov 2017

    Help save our frogs with your mobile phone

    Kids, mums and dads, amateur scientists and community groups are being asked to pick up their mobile phones and head into their backyards and beyond to help save Australia’s native frogs.

    The Western Australian Museum is partnering with the Australian Museum and other museums around the country as part of FrogID – a major citizen science project which explores where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.

    Frogs are one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Soldiers moving into the fighting at Broodseinde on 5 October 1917

    8 Nov 2017

    Exhibition tells of historic relations between the ANZAC and Belgium during World War One

    An exhibition that tells shared stories about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or ANZAC, and Belgium during World War One is now open at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The Great War in Broad Outlines pays tribute to the sacrifice of the ANZAC, and is a reminder that Belgium is forever grateful and continues to honour the fallen.

    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the exhibition depicts defining moments and memorable battles of World War One.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c. 1995, Itara: River Red Gum. Art carved on wood.

    8 Nov 2017

    Traditional art meets modern technology

    An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture through intricate carvings and artefacts will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields next weekend.

    Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Zoe Scott said Punuku Tjukurpa, presented by Artback NT, showcases a rich sacred history.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Wildlife illustration by Peter Schouten

    7 Nov 2017

    Research noting impact of climate change on native species graces cover of prestigious science journal

    Research which notes the impact of climate change on the evolution of Australia’s native bilbies and bandicoots has featured on the cover of the prestigious Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The article was authored by the Western Australian Museum’s Mammals Curator Dr Kenny Travouillon.

    “Climate change has been a very important factor in the evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, placing a selective pressure for survival in a harsh, arid environment,” Dr Travouillon said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Working together in the Kimberley



    WA Museum Curators Michelle Broun and Stephen Kinnane and Community Engagement Officer Barbara Paulson attended last month’s Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) Festival at the invitation of KALACC’s Board of Directors.

    The trip followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the WA Museum and KALACC. The MOU outlines a commitment for the two organisations to work together to engage with Aboriginal peoples from the Kimberley and identify ways local stories could be shared in the New Museum.

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    Erika Jellis