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    New chapter for WA Museum at State Library of WA

    News | Created 15 Jun 2016

    The Western Australian Museum and State Library of Western Australia are joining forces from July this year, with a space sharing arrangement that will see elements of the Museum’s popular family-based Discovery Centre remain in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

    From next month, the Museum will open a new Discovery Zone at the State Library while work is carried out to build a New Museum for Western Australia.

    The Museum will also operate a combined Library and Museum shop stocking a diverse range of products from both organisations.

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  • Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth, 1914.

    New exhibition at the WA Museum – Albany explores role of Royal Australian Navy in World War One

    News | Created 9 Jun 2016

    Touring exhibition War at Sea – the Navy in WWI opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany this weekend.

    Among the stories told is that of Australia’s first submarine AE1 which disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea on 14 September 1914. No trace of the vessel or its 35 crew has been found to this day.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is important to remember and recognise the contribution and commitment of Australian sailors and submariners in World War One.

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  • Rough medicine on the high seas

    News | Created 3 Jun 2016

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail will open at the WA Maritime Museum on 11 June, 2016.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition explores the fascinating history of how illness impacted upon and even shaped early sea voyages from the 17th Century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th Century.

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    Dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at Perth Concert Hall

    News | Created 31 May 2016

    From the red desert of Australia to the red carpet of the Perth Concert Hall, a collection of objects showcasing Australia’s ancient history are now on display in the Perth Concert Hall foyer.

    The Western Australian Museum has partnered with the Perth Concert Hall to display a selection of objects from its Earth and Planetary Sciences collection while the Museum's Perth site undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its 125-year history. 

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  • Parry Endeavour (left) on display at the WA Maritime Museum alongside Australia II

    Celebrate Jon Sanders’ epic voyage at WA Maritime Museum’s Open Day

    News | Created 24 May 2016

    Celebrate Western Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders’ world record triple circumnavigation of the world at the WA Maritime Museum this week.

    Tomorrow, 25 May, marks 30 years since Jon Sanders departed Fremantle in Parry Endeavour, the 14-metre sloop that took him across 131,500 km of ocean and is now on display at the Maritime Museum.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is proud to have the yacht in its Collection.

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  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1954.

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    News | Created 12 May 2016

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices, opens at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Saturday 14 May 2016.

    It brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past – forced adoptions –and has offered those affected an opportunity to share their experiences, some for the first time.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said it is estimated at least 150,000 adoptions took place from the 1950s-1970s and a significant number of them were forced.

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  • Overall winner 'Feathered Symmetry' by David Stowe shows a bird's wings raised

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 5 May 2016

    The 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year collection will open at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder this weekend, with Western Australian photographers winning two of the categories.

    The competition’s overall winning image ‘Feathered Symmetry’ by David Stowe will be on display. Captured in New South Wales, it shows a white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterusI) stretching its wings, ready for take-off.

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  • Two researchers carefully excavating a burial site at Beacon Island, 2015

    The Batavia and recent discoveries

    News | Created 5 May 2016

    The story of the infamous Batavia shipwreck continues to unfold with new perspectives and discoveries.

    Members of the public are invited to join local historian Dr Howard Gray and WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Curator Corioli Souter for an afternoon of back-to-back lectures about the Batavia and recent findings at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton next week.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said the lectures are part of the 2016 WA Heritage Festival.

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  • Dr Ian MacLeod

    WA Museum luminary honoured in retirement

    News | Created 4 May 2016

    The Western Australian Museum has conferred its highest honour upon retiring Executive Director of Fremantle Museums and Collections, Dr Ian MacLeod – that of Fellow of the Western Australian Museum. Dr MacLeod officially retires this week, after 38 years with the Museum.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Dr MacLeod had an outstanding international reputation in the field of metals conservation, and had made a truly significant contribution to the Museum, particularly in the fields of shipwreck conservation and the preservation of Aboriginal rock art.

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  • Dr Nerida Wilson

    WA Museum scientist heading for the Antarctic

    News | Created 19 Apr 2016

    Western Australian Museum scientist Dr Nerida Wilson has been selected to join an international team of 55 researchers from 30 countries to take part in a three-month expedition to circumnavigate the Antarctic, studying climate change and pollution in the Southern Ocean.

    The expedition, which will depart in December, is being organised by the newly formed Swiss Polar Institute, established to study the Earth’s poles and the critical impact of change on those extreme environments, to identify the global challenges that lay ahead.

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  • Powder scoop from the Batavia

    WA’s first Dutch connections on display at Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery

    News | Created 1 Apr 2016

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landings in Shark Bay, Western Australia, will be on display at the Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery from Tuesday 5 April.

    The Accidental Encounters: the Dutch connection exhibition was developed by the Western Australian Museum in preparation for this year’s 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay.

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  • One of the winning submissions from The West Australian photographer Nic Ellis

    Compelling WA press photography on display

    News | Created 14 Mar 2016

    The work of WA’s most exciting news photographers has been captured in the 2016 WA Press Photographer of the Year exhibition, currently on display at the Western Australian Museum in Perth.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is delighted to host this year’s exhibition.

    “This exhibition gives eyewitness accounts of this State’s major news events, sporting moments and incredible personal stories, captured by Western Australian photographers over the past year,” Mr Coles said.

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  • Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC DCM, congratulate each other face-to-face following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit at Seymour, 25 November 1944.

    Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Albany

    News | Created 9 Mar 2016

    Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany this week.

    This touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia, including from the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

    WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said it is really important to acknowledge Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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  • Abrolhos Islands

    New search for 5th Old Dutch shipwreck

    News | Created 8 Mar 2016

    The Western Australian Museum is embarking on a new search for a possible fifth Dutch East India Company (VOC) shipwreck, believed to have been lost at the Abrolhos Islands off the Mid West coast around 300 years ago.

    An aerial magnetometer survey of a section of the Pelsaert Group has begun, funded by long-time Museum supporter and Chairman of Austal Ltd, John Rothwell. The survey is looking for magnetic anomalies that would indicate the presence of another, as yet undiscovered, historic shipwreck.

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  • Members of the 4th Reinforcements, 58th Battalion waiting to board HMAT ORSOVA, Melbourne.

    New exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum explores role of Royal Australian Navy in First World War

    News | Created 2 Mar 2016

    Touring exhibition War at Sea – the Navy in WWI opens at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle on 12 March.

    Amongst the stories told is that of Australia’s first submarine AE1 which disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea on 14 September 1914. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has been found to this day.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is important to remember and recognise the contribution and commitment of Australian sailors and submariners in the First World War.

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  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital with babies laying in small cots, 1954.

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    News | Created 25 Feb 2016

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices, opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Friday 26 February.

    It brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past: forced adoptions, and has offered those affected an opportunity to share their experiences – some for the first time.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it is estimated at least 150,000 adoptions took place from the 1950s-1970s and a significant number of them were forced.

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  • Corporal James Davie Renner, 4th Divisional Signals Company, of Fremantle, Western Australia. Corporal Renner is appropriately dressed in a sheepskin vest during what was one of the coldest winters in decades on the Somme.

    Recent First World War discoveries at the WA Museum – Geraldton

    News | Created 22 Feb 2016

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton will have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary travelling exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt from 27 February 2016.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it was a privilege to display the unique First World War exhibition, an exquisite collection of black and white images printed from the original glass-plate negatives, as part of the Museum’s Centenary of Service commemorative calendar.

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