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  • Roebuck's bell found by team led by WA Museum's Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy

    19 Mar 2015

    Marking 300 years since the death of William Dampier

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton will host a series of free lectures to mark 300 years since the death of explorer William Dampier.

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology curator Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy will present the first of three lectures, Elusive Phantoms: Finding William Dampier and the Roebuck at 2pm, on Sunday 22 March 2015.  He will reveal the adventures of Dampier and describe how Their Majesties’ Ship Roebuck – one of the most famous exploration ships – was found.

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  • WA Museum's Dr Zoe Richards examining corals at one of the ancient Leluh tombs

    16 Mar 2015

    WA Museum coral expert helps date ancient tombs

    Western Australian Museum researcher Dr Zoe Richards has identified coral used in three sacred pyramid tombs on a prehistoric Micronesian island to date their construction to the 14th Century, more than 300 years earlier than was previously thought.

    Dr Richards and an international team of scientists investigated the ages of corals used in the construction of sacred tombs that interred royalty on the Pacific Island of Kosrae. 

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  • Australian men queuing to enlist, Melbourne Town Hall

    13 Mar 2015

    The Last Gentlemen of War extended

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced that due to strong demand the Museum’s The Last Gentlemen of War exhibition will remain open for a further two weeks, now extended until Sunday, 10 May.

    Mr Coles said the exhibition, produced by the WA Museum, tells the compelling story on the Battle of Cocos, Australia’s successful first naval engagement in World War One which took place more than 100 years ago on 9 November, 1914.

    “While this story is relatively unknown, it is one which has brought great national pride to both countries,” Mr Coles said.

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  • Artisan’s recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Air screw

    12 Mar 2015

    Da Vinci Machines at WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Saturday 14 March.

    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 – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the exhibition is unlike anything the Goldfields community has experienced.  

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  • Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photo by Marinco Kojdanovski. © Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

    11 Mar 2015

    Muslim women’s style on display in the Great Southern

    An exhibition showcasing Muslim women’s contemporary fashion will open at the Western Australian Museum – Albany and the Katanning Art Gallery 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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  • Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country) 2011 by Ken Shepherd acrylic on canvas © Ken Shepherd

    10 Mar 2015

    New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Western Australian Museum - Geraldton

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

    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 13 March.

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  • One Day From Glory banner

    27 Feb 2015

    One Day from Glory – a World Cup retrospective

    So you think you know your World Cup cricket?

    Why not test yourself at the Western Australian Museum’s World Cup exhibition – One Day from Glory – which goes on display today in the foyer at the WA Museum – Perth, and should help you join up the dot balls.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum’s tribute to the World Cup, its history, its origins, highs and lows, and its controversies, will take you back through the journey that brought cricket’s greatest one-day prize to where it is today.

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  • 24 Feb 2015

    How to find gold

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder will host a lecture this week about how to find gold more easily.

    Senior exploration geologist David Nixon will present Clz – Not All Laterites Are Created Equal to answer common questions asked by prospectors, on Wednesday 25 February.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it will be interesting to hear how someone with extensive local knowledge finds gold on the Goldfields.

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  • 20 Feb 2015

    Shipwreck Galleries to close temporarily for maintenance

    The Western Australian Museum is commencing the final phase of planned maintenance work at the historic Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle, beginning 3 March, 2015.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Shipwreck Galleries will be closing for approximately six weeks while work is done to replace the ageing roof and remediate the limestone walls of the heritage listed Commisariat Building, which dates back to 1852.

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  • Ruby Seadragon, scientific name Phyllopteryx dewysea

    19 Feb 2015

    Rare Ruby Seadragon uncovered in WA

    A new species of seadragon has been discovered off the coast of Western Australia by researchers at the Western Australian Museum.

    The bright red Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is only the third species of seadragon ever recorded in the world.

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  • Researchers carefully excavating burial site at Beacon Island

    10 Feb 2015

    Final days of expedition reveal new Batavia burials

    A team of WA archaeologists and scientists has found the remains of four people in a sequence of remarkable discoveries at Beacon Island, part of the Houtman Abrolhos off the coast of Geraldton.

    The research team, from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australia, returned to Perth yesterday after an expedition to Beacon Island to examine archaeological sites related to one of WA’s most famous shipwrecks, the Batavia.

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  • Archaeologist carefully excavating new burial site at Beacon Island.

    4 Feb 2015

    Expedition reveals new Batavia burial site

    Archaeologists from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australia are back at Beacon Island examining archaeological sites related to one of WA’s most famous shipwrecks, the Batavia.

    One burial site containing the remains of an adolescent person was carefully excavated by the team yesterday.  Further investigations of other sites are continuing

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  • Reveal WAM app artwork

    20 Jan 2015

    New app puts the WA Museum in your pocket

    The Western Australian Museum’s incredible collections and valuable research are now more accessible than ever with the release of a new app that effectively puts the Museum in your pocket.

    The new app – Reveal WAM – streams WA Museum content direct to your smartphone or tablet, and was released this morning.

    Reveal WAM packages articles, blogs, videos and web features into a simple mobile app.

    Digital Services Manager Morgan Strong said the Museum aims to reach the public in as many ways as possible.

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  • 19 Jan 2015

    Historic shipwreck hunt bound for Christmas Island

    Half a century after making a major shipwreck discovery that would lead to a lifelong passion for maritime archaeology, Graeme Henderson is setting out once more to find a Fortuyn.

    On 19 January, Graeme and a team of Australian shipwreck archaeologists plan to leave Perth bound for Australia’s Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands on a quest they’re calling ‘Closing in on the Fortuyn’.

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  • Artist's concept of themed use of internal space in the New Museum incorporating a blue whale skeleton

    12 Jan 2015

    Would you like to help plan our New Museum?

    Forty West Australians are being asked to join the team planning the State’s New Museum.

    A number of community panels are being established to provide input and feedback into the content and proposed design of the Museum that will open in 2020.

    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said a people-first approach was being adopted to create a landmark museum building and unique visitor experience. You can read the Minister's full statement here.

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  • Close up of ‘Pokey’, a small-bodied Dampier Peninsula Goanna, picture courtesy of R. Ellis/WA Museum

    30 Dec 2014

    World’s smallest goanna lizard species discovered in the Kimberley region

    The WA Museum is pleased to announce the discovery of a new species of goanna lizard from the Kimberley region.

    The name of the new species is the ‘Dampier Peninsula Goanna’, so-called as this species is only known from the peninsula north of Broome and Derby, in the western Kimberley region of Western Australia. The scientific name is Varanus sparnus.

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  • Brig Amity replica in Albany

    24 Dec 2014

    New management for Brig Amity replica

    The Western Australian Museum – Albany is proud to announce it has taken over visitor management for the Brig Amity replica after an extensive refurbishment program by the City of Albany.

    Rachel Wilsher-Saa, WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager said since opening in 1976, the replica of the Brig Amity has been an integral part of the Albany landscape.

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  • Santa sitting in an old red car in Kalgoorlie

    19 Dec 2014

    Holiday Closure at the Museum

    The holiday season is fast approaching and, as usual, the Museum’s metropolitan and regional sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. 

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