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  • Abrolhos Islands, Copyright WA Museum

    9 Sep 2016

    Search for 5th Old Dutch shipwreck to continue

    The Western Australian Museum continues its 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, working alongside celebrated wreck-hunter and author Hugh Edwards.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1953.

    7 Sep 2016

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany on Saturday 10 September 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.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A burial at sea. The Illustrated London News, November 1880. Courtesy State Library of Victoria

    7 Sep 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail will open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Saturday, 10 September 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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    Jane Rosevear

  • Powder scoop from the Batavia

    26 Aug 2016

    WA’s first Dutch connections on display at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landing in Western Australia at Shark Bay will be on display at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre from 27 August.

    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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    Flora Perrella

  • Not an Agelas axifera, but this specimen from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands looks similar to the rare sponge the Museum is looking for.

    24 Aug 2016

    Calling all beachcombers – have you seen this sponge?

    Beachcombers, divers, swimmers and anglers are being asked to help the Western Australian Museum find examples of a very rare marine sponge, Agelas axifera, known only to the Champion Bay area in Geraldton.

    The Museum is hoping recent storms in the area might have washed the sponges onto the beach.

    WA Museum Head of Aquatic Zoology Dr Jane Fromont said the species was first described in 1911 from the holotype collected at Champion Bay in 1905 – the only known location of Agelas axifera worldwide.

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    Sharna Craig

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

    23 Aug 2016

    Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

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

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

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it is important to acknowledge Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Top left – Specimen of Chaeropus ecaudatus from the Australian Museum. Bottom left – Reconstruction of Chaeropus ecaudatus by John Gould. Right – Upper and lower molar of the fossil Pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus baynesi. Scale = 1mm.

    11 Aug 2016

    Discovery of oldest Pig-footed Bandicoot fossils

    A Western Australian Museum-led study has discovered the oldest fossil remains of a new species of Pig-footed Bandicoot that lived in south west New South Wales between 2.5 and 3 million years ago.

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    Flora Perrella

  • New Museum design

    31 Jul 2016

    Bold new museum links past, present and future

    • Brookfield Multiplex team awarded new Western Australian Museum contract
    • Dramatic concept created by international architects OMA and Hassell
    • Energy-efficient design connects contemporary and heritage buildings
    • Project to support up to 3,300 jobs and strong local content

    Western Australia’s world-class new museum is designed to be a State, national and international drawcard, offering compelling visitor experiences within dramatic architecture that links contemporary and historic buildings.

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  • 8 Jul 2016

    Beneath the Waves wins 2016 WA Film Award

    A compelling, online, interactive documentary created by the Western Australian Museum and documentary production company Periscope Pictures, together with interactive experience developers Hungry Sky, has won Best Interactive Production at this week’s prestigious WA Screen Awards.  

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the documentary Beneath the Waves was the culmination of six years of marine biodiversity survey work in the Kimberley and more than a year of digital production design.

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    Flora Perrella

  • WA Museum-Perth

    15 Jun 2016

    New chapter for WA Museum at State Library of WA

    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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    Flora Perrella

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

    9 Jun 2016

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

    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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    Sharna Craig

  • 3 Jun 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    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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    Flora Perrella

  • Juvenile Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta standing on leaves.

    2 Jun 2016

    New species of Long-nosed Bandicoot identified by WA Museum researcher

    Studying the teeth, skulls and skins of almost 100 bandicoots held in museum collections around Australia and in London has led a scientist from the Western Australian Museum to determine that animals previously thought to belong to the same species of Long-nosed Bandicoots are actually two distinctly different species.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Diprotodon Skeleton

    31 May 2016

    Dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at Perth Concert Hall

    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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    Sharna Craig

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

    24 May 2016

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

    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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    Sharna Craig

  • World War Two firearms on display

    17 May 2016

    WA Museum – Perth hosts untold story about battle for Australia

    The Western Australian Museum – Perth will showcase a large collection of rare artefacts when Battle for Australia: An Untold Story goes on display tomorrow.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition tells important Australian stories about attacks, loss and sacrifice during World War Two.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1954.

    12 May 2016

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    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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    Sharna Craig

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

    5 May 2016

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

    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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    Sharna Craig

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

    5 May 2016

    The Batavia and recent discoveries

    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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    Sharna Craig