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  • 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

  • 23 Oct 2017

    Strong cultural connections and a multimillion dollar partnership

     

    A multimillion-dollar partnership agreement has been signed between Tianqi Lithium Australia and the Foundation for the WA Museum.

    The $5 million agreement is a significant contribution to the Foundation’s endowment program, Discovery Fund, and has secured Tianqi Lithium Australia with naming rights for the Connections gallery in the New Museum for WA.

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    Erika Jellis

  • A woman and a young girl work on their contribution to the coral reef at AWESOME Festival

    20 Oct 2017

    Awesome fragile ocean homes





    Just near Coral Bay, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, in the crystal-clear waters of Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the world’s most amazing reefs. More than 500 species of brightly coloured fish make their home in coral reef ‘cities’. Because they are so close to shore, they are at risk from human activity.

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    Erika Jellis

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

    16 Oct 2017

    Traditional shell-stringing exhibition coming to Museum of the Great Southern

    The Museum of the Great Southern 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, acclaimed makers of today, as well as a new wave of stringers.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Recently collected shell of Bothriembryon whitleyi from Geraldton

    25 Aug 2017

    Western Australian Museum fieldwork aims to make first live observation of rare snail

    Western Australian Museum scientists are in Geraldton looking for a land snail so rare it is presumed extinct.

    Bothriembryon whitleyi, commonly known as Whitley’s Tapered Snail, has never been observed live but shells collected recently indicate live specimens may exist. They were collected in the Geraldton area earlier this year and indicate living populations are likely.  

    WA Museum Technical Officer of Molluscs Corey Whisson said a field assessment of the species is needed, and winter is the best time to undertake one.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 'The Greenough leaning tree' by Geraldton photographer Ken Lawson shows a tree growing sideways under a star-filled night sky.

    26 Jul 2017

    Astrofest exhibition returns to Museum of Geraldton as part of National Science Week

    A stunningly beautiful astrophotography exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 28 July – 10 September 2017.

    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

  • Axe (kodj). Wood, stone, resin. King George Sound, Albany, c. 1830s From Yurlmun Mia Boodja exhibition

    30 Jun 2017

    Western Australian Museum wins two IPAA Awards

    The Western Australian Museum and its partners have won two prestigious achievement awards presented by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), for excellence in outstanding collaborations that delivered extraordinary cultural experiences around significant Western Australian stories.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Overall winner 'Piercing Headache' by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland shows a frog being bitten by mosquitoes.

    28 Jun 2017

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The finalists’ and winners’ entries for the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields this weekend.

    A remarkable image of an orange-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris) won the competition. Piercing Headache by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland captures the male frog being bitten by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Zoe Scott said she hopes the exhibition’s visitors will be inspired by the beauty and intricacy of our natural world.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Display from the Encounters exhibition and dinosaur skeletons lit up and on display

    15 Jun 2017

    Innovative exhibition teams to design WA’s stories

    • Freeman Ryan Design (FRD) and Thylacine Design and Project Management awarded exhibition design contracts  
    • Australian exhibition design teams will work with WA Museum staff to develop engaging exhibitions and visitor experiences
    • Exhibition design program developed in parallel with new building

    Western Australia’s extraordinary landscapes, environment and the stories of its people will be translat

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  • Regional Aboriginal Consultative Committee, c.1970

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of Geraldton reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, on a percentage basis, Western Australia cast the lowest “yes” vote at 80.9%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Great Southern reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. The “yes” result for Albany, in the division of Forrest, was 84.65%. This was higher than the State result of 80.9% and the 10th highest subdivision nation-wide.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Goldfields reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, Kalgoorlie had the highest divisional “no” vote in the country with 28.1%, and only 71.9% voting “yes”.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    30 May 2017

    New exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. Fremantle had one of Western Australia’s highest “yes” votes at 81.8%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Yidumduma Bill Harney’s Bush School, 2007

    26 May 2017

    An ancient culture kept alive through art

    A new exhibition that brings to life one man’s remarkable journey to share his people’s culture with the world is going on display at the Museum of the Great Southern next weekend.

    Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor is a travelling exhibition from Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and celebrates the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney.

    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said Yidumduma Bill Harney is a Wardaman Elder, whose country lies south-east of present-day Katherine in the Northern Territory.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Xenoturbella churro

    23 May 2017

    WA Museum discovery makes Top 10 New Species list

    A marine worm that looked so much like a delicious fried pastry that it was named after one by a research scientist at the Western Australian Museum, has been named as one of the Top 10 New Species for 2017.

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    Flora Perrella