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  • Overall winner Achaius Hall’s three-dimensional model of Leane’s Trench

    Heritage Award recognises Centenary of Service

    News | Created 24 Jul 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton today announced the winners of the 26th annual Clem Burns Heritage Awards, chosen from an outstanding array of entries from local primary school children.

    The Award aims to promote an understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the region. This year’s theme is World War One history.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said entries were open to Mid West primary school children in Years 3-6.

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  • The Goldfields’ Loopline: past, present, future

    News | Created 20 Jul 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is pleased to present Loopline… Where we have been and where we are going; a lecture by Golden Mile Loopline Railway Society general manager Mike Lucas.

    The lecture will cover the history of this well-known railway network, as well as the current Golden Mile Loopline Railway and its future.

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  • Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the WA Museum – Albany

    News | Created 3 Jul 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Albany is hosting NAIDOC Week activities from 5-12 July and invites people of all ages to take part.

    This year’s national theme is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground’ which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique connection to land.

    WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the Museum is hosting a range of activities and events for NAIDOC Week, including unique art workshops.

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  • NAIDOC Week celebrations at the WA Museum - Perth

    News | Created 3 Jul 2015

    The Western Australian Museum is joining national celebrations for NAIDOC Week from 5 – 12 July, to recognise and honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is proud to support and participate in NAIDOC Week each year and encourages its visitors to take part in events organised across its metropolitan and regional sites.

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  • Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 3 Jul 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is hosting a family day on 10 July as part of the WA Museum’s NAIDOC Week calendar of events.

    This year’s national theme is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground’ which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique connection to land.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the Museum invites people of all ages to take part in its NAIDOC Family Day.

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  • Laurinda, a young Kamilaroi girl from Moree, New South Wales, plays with her purple dress while she waits for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing

    World Press Photo 15 includes winning Australian entry

    News | Created 2 Jul 2015

    An exhibition of 140 thought provoking, challenging and occasionally confronting world press photographs featuring the most significant international news events of 2014 opens at the Western Australian Museum in Perth on 4 July, 2015.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the World Press Photo 2015 Contest drew entries from 5,692 photographers from 131 countries with a staggering 97,912 entries – the best of which will go on display at the Museum this weekend.

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  • A group of Muslim women standing in front of a brick wall

    Muslim women’s style on display at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 24 Jun 2015

    An exhibition showcasing Muslim women’s contemporary fashion will open at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week.

    Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia focuses on an emerging modest fashion market and the work of Australian Muslim designers and entrepreneurs.

    A group of well-respected Australian Muslim women also share their experiences of faith and fashion.

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  • Students take over the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 23 Jun 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder will host its inaugural Takeover Museum Day this week, allowing students to run the Museum for a day.

    Students from Eastern Goldfields College in Years 11 and 12 who are studying a Certificate II in Tourism will take on roles at the Museum on Thursday, 25 June.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the students will have the opportunity to interact with visitors and work behind-the-scenes.

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  • Seven men on a pearl lugger with pearlshells on the deck

    Australia’s unique pearling heritage on display

    News | Created 18 Jun 2015

    Lustre: Pearling & Australia is a brand new exhibition showcasing the unique and important role that pearls and pearling have played in our nation’s history, and it opens to the public this Saturday, 20 June 2015, at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

    This exhibition has been two years in development by the Western Australian Museum in partnership with Broome’s Yawuru Aboriginal corporation Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

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  • WA photographer snaps two ANZANG awards

    News | Created 12 Jun 2015

    The 2014 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton, with winning photographs in two of the 14 categories taken by WA photographer Keith Lightbody.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said she hopes visitors enjoy seeing and learning about the special flora, fauna and landscapes in our bioregion.

    “It is a stunning exhibition which makes you appreciate how amazing our natural environment is and highlights the importance of its conservation,” Ms O’Brien said.

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  • Corporal James Davie Renner, 4th Divisional Signals Company, of Fremantle, Western Australia. Corporal Renner is sitting on a motor cycle, 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 - Perth

    News | Created 5 Jun 2015

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum in Perth will have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary travelling exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt from 6 June 2015.

    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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  • Acrylic on canvas painting of a Midnight Oil concert in Warakurna

    New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Western Australian Museum - Albany

    News | Created 3 Jun 2015

    An exhibition of unique works from an Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert will open this week at the Western Australian Museum – Albany.

    Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes features paintings and sculptures which were produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and will be on display from 6 June 2015.

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  • WA Museum – Geraldton acting Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien sitting next to Community Advisory Committee chair Malcolm Smith and WA Museum – Geraldton Senior Projects Officer Catherine Belcher

    Make a difference to your Museum

    News | Created 28 May 2015

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton is looking for community members to join its Community Advisory Committee.

    Nominations for two voluntary community representative positions are now open.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he hopes to receive Expressions of Interest from people who want to be part of the history and future of Geraldton and the Mid West.

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  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    News | Created 27 May 2015

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages including art, craft, balloon animals, and live music and dance performances.

    There will also be pony rides, a bouncy castle and a dog show.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Albany

    News | Created 26 May 2015

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Albany.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages, including art, craft, balloon animals, face painting, and music, circus, skipping and puppetry performances.

    There will also be a bouncy castle and a free community barbeque.

    WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Geraldton

    News | Created 26 May 2015

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages, including art, craft, face painting, and live music and performances.

    There will also be circus workshops and roving performers, a bouncy castle and food and drinks available for purchase.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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  • Compelling WA press photography on display

    News | Created 15 May 2015

    The work of WA’s most exciting news photographers has been captured in the 2015 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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  • New images confirm the fate of HMAS Sydney (II)

    News | Created 1 May 2015

    An expedition to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran has produced new photographic evidence which appears to confirm why Sydney was so quickly disabled, leading to catastrophic damage and the devastating loss of everyone on board.

    New high resolution images taken two days ago by Curtin University on board DOF Subsea's vessel Skandi Protector clearly shows, for the first time, a 15cm shell hole through the bridge at the compass platform.

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  • Mission to document our worst naval tragedy

    News | Created 28 Apr 2015

    An expedition to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and her nemesis HSK Kormoran using the latest high-resolution imaging technology has begun. 
     
    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was a very important expedition to one of the most inaccessible, yet significant heritage locations in Australia.
     

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  • A postcard from Jack Bonney to Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey

    One Hundred Postcards from WWI front line

    News | Created 24 Apr 2015

    An extraordinary collection of postcards sent to a Boulder woman from men serving on the front line of World War One will go on display at the Western Australian Museum – Perth, in time for Anzac Day.

    More than 100 postcards were sent from six young soldiers serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) to home-nurse Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey.

    WA Museum history curator Stephen Anstey said the postcards were sent from the soldiers while they were training and on active duty overseas.

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