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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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    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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  • Skull of newly discovered Cookeroo hortusensis.

    Two new ancient kangaroo species discovered

    News | Created 19 Feb 2016

    Two new species of extinct kangaroos that could be the ancestors of all modern kangaroos and wallabies in Australia, have been discovered by a team of scientists from the Western Australian Museum, the University of Queensland, and the University of New South Wales.

    The new species were described from fossils – including skulls – collected from the Riversleigh World Heritage area in north-western Queensland last century.

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  • Artists sought for public art at New Museum

    News | Created 11 Feb 2016

    • $1.6 million allocated for public art at the new museum
    • Public art to reflect and interpret the stories of Western Australia
    • Artist teams to develop either a single work or multiple works

    Artist teams are being asked to register their interest in creating the public art for Western Australia’s new museum.

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the public art would reflect and interpret the stories of WA.

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  • Newly discovered Xenoturbella hollandorum crawling over an American dime. Image courtesy Greg Rouse and Nerida Wilson.

    Four new deep-sea Xenoturbella species discovered

    News | Created 4 Feb 2016

    Four new species of Xenoturbella have been discovered living in the deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean by a team of scientists from the Western Australian Museum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium & Research Institute in the United States.

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  • Live music and harbour sunsets at the WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 19 Jan 2016

    Fremantle will add another string to its creative bow when the WA Maritime Museum opens its doors to live music and sunset bars from Sunday 31 January.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum has partnered with RTRFM to bring Harbour Sundays to Fremantle for five consecutive weeks.

    “We will be hosting live music on the balcony of the Maritime Museum with a spectacular view across the river and out to the Indian Ocean.  There will be a licenced bar to help people fully enjoy the entertainment and the stunning sunsets!” Mr Coles said.

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  • Da Vinci Machines at WA Maritime Museum

    News | Created 15 Dec 2015

    Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when Da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Saturday 19 December.

    This exciting exhibition features 60 of his visionary inventions in the areas of flying machines, nautical innovations and machines of war, alongside 15 beautifully crafted replicas of famous da Vinci artworks.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition is an extraordinary and captivating experience.  

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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 WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 14 Dec 2015

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder now have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary travelling exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt.

    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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  • Overall winner 'Feathered Symmetry' by David Stowe

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the WA Museum – Albany

    News | Created 10 Dec 2015

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

    The competition’s overall winning image ‘Feathered Symmetry’ by David Stowe will also 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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  • Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Perth

    News | Created 4 Dec 2015

    Touring exhibition Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present is now on display the Western Australian Museum – Perth tomorrow.

    The exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is important to acknowledge the Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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  • Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth, 1914. ANMM Collection gift from Mrs D Smyth.

    New exhibition at the WA Museum – Geraldton explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI

    News | Created 3 Dec 2015

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

    It tells the story 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 – Geraldton Manager Catherine Belcher said it is important to share the experiences of Australian sailors in the First World War.

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  • Santa outside the WA Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Santa to visit the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s beach

    News | Created 27 Nov 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is bringing the beach and a special guest to the Goldfields next weekend.

    To coincide with the annual Saint Barbara’s Festival, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and participate in free activities during the Museum’s Open Day on Saturday 5 December.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Manager Zoe Scott said there will be art and craft activities, a hula hoop competition, face-painting, community stalls, water-based games, and lots of fun to be had on the beach.

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