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  • an image of one of the postcards from Lida's admirer Jack Bonney

    3 Oct 2014

    One Hundred Postcards from the front line

    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 – Albany from Saturday 27 September.

    More than one hundred 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 when they were on active duty overseas.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of a Kimberley Spadefoot pair

    22 Sep 2014

    Kimberley proves to be a frog hot-spot

    Find out about frogs this week when Dr Paul Doughty, Curator of Herpetology at the Western Australian Museum presents two lectures in Broome and Kununurra as part of the Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series.

    Wet and Wild: Frogs of the Kimberley will delve into recent discoveries and introduce  a who’s who of the region’s frogs including conspicuous tree frogs, rockhole frogs and burrowing frogs.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • 8 Sep 2014

    Asylum seeker boat donated to Museum

    The Western Australian Museum today thanked the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for donating the wooden asylum seeker boat that arrived into Geraldton in April 2013, to its collection.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the vessel and its story were part of contemporary Australian history, and the Museum was committed to documenting the historical record through the collection of significant objects that explored the history of WA and connected people to its past, present and future.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Picture of golden cranes hanging inside the WA Maritime Museum

    5 Sep 2014

    1,000 origami cranes fly at the Maritime Museum for child cancer research

    One thousand gold coloured origami cranes have been suspended from the ceiling vents in the WA Maritime Museum’s foyer for the month of September in support of Go Gold Australia for Childhood Cancer.

    The WA Museum’s Executive Director of Fremantle Museums and Maritime Heritage Dr Ian MacLeod said the Museum is proud to be taking part in September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

    “Go Gold Australia for Childhood Cancer is a volunteer organisation dedicated to raising awareness to advance research into childhood cancers,” Dr MacLeod said.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of the Haliclona durdong

    4 Sep 2014

    Nyoongar peoples acknowledged in new sponge species names

    Two new sponge species unique to the southern Western Australian coast have been given species names to honour the Nyoongar peoples as traditional owners of that land.

    Haliclona durdong and Haliclona djeedara are endemic to the WA coastline, occurring in temperate rocky reef habitats and shallow waters from Jurien Bay to Bremer Bay, and are found nowhere else in the world.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Artwork of the Zuytdorp ashore

    3 Sep 2014

    New technologies reveal more of maritime mysteries

    Adjunct Professor and Curator of Maritime Archaeology at the WA Museum Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy will reveal new and exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at the Museum in an engaging lecture presented in Geraldton on Wednesday 3 September and at Carnarvon on Thursday 4 September.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of the Zeewijk cannon on Marine Terrace

    3 Sep 2014

    Crucial cannon conservation to begin

    The Western Australian Museum undertook a delicate operation to remove the Zeewijk cannon from Marine Terrace last Tuesday, so it can be transported to Fremantle for critical conservation treatment.

    With the help of the City of Greater Geraldton, a small crane safely lifted the 289 year-old cannon from its concrete plinth and place it onto a cushioned trailer bed, where it was carefully wrapped in padding and canvas before travelling to the Materials Conservation department of the WA Museum in Fremantle.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • An image of a seated lady observing a portrait picture.

    25 Aug 2014

    Faces From the Front

    To mark the Centenary of World War I and the significant impact it had on Goldfields communities, the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder launched its very poignant Faces From the Front exhibition last Friday.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of New Museum Project team members with stakeholders and community members in Broome.

    25 Aug 2014

    New Museum connects with Kimberley communities

    This week, communities in the Kimberley will meet members of the WA Museum’s New Museum Project team and participate in discussions about the New Museum for WA.

    Scheduled to open in 2020, the New Museum will be the flagship museum for Western Australia and will share stories and collections from around the State.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said a core principle of the New Museum is that it will be developed in partnership with the people of WA.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A banner of faces from the Mid West region.

    25 Aug 2014

    Mid West faces feature in portrait project

    Smiling, reflective and proud, the faces of 84 Mid West residents have joined a Statewide project launched by the Western Australian Museum to celebrate diversity.

    'WA Faces' is an online portrait project aimed at showcasing the people of Western Australia and their diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of scientist at work in the Molecular SystematicsLab

    25 Aug 2014

    WA Museum’s Molecular Systematics Unit revealed

    Research Scientist and Manager of the Molecular Systematics Unit at the Western Australian Museum, Dr Gaynor Dolman, will present Behind the scenes in Western Australian Museum’s DNA Laboratory next Wednesday at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    Part of the 2014 In the Wild West series, Dr Dolman’s lecture will explore the Molecular Systematics Unit, including how and why scientists use this facility, the role of DNA in deciding what is called a species and investigating the uses of DNA Barcoding.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A convict descendant poses alongside items similar to those stolen by convict ancestors

    8 Aug 2014

    Convict crimes captured at the WA Museum - Albany

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum – Albany will experience a unique perspective on convict settlers, the crimes that landed them in Australia and links to their living descendants, when A convict in the family? opens this Friday, 8 August.

    This thought-provoking photographic exhibition by documentary photographer Mine Konakci visually explores and exposes the petty crimes that changed the course of many family histories.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Some remarkable geology of the Shark Bay area

    8 Aug 2014

    Mid West history mysteries explored

    Renowned WA geologist, historian, and former Director of the Geological Survey of Western Australia Dr Phil Playford will present two engaging lectures at the WA Museum – Geraldton this week, as part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of a crown made from gold and turquoise

    25 Jul 2014

    WA Museum reveals hidden treasures

    This weekend a stunning exhibition of treasures once thought lost to the world opens at the Western Australian Museum – Perth. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibition contained more than 200 rare and beautiful objects dating back to the Bronze Age, from a place that was once at the crossroads of the world’s great civilisations.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Image of a Kimberley Spadefoot pair

    25 Jul 2014

    Kimberley proves to be a frog hot-spot

    Hop over to the Western Australian Maritime Museum next Wednesday night and dive into the fascinating frog world of the Kimberley, when Dr Paul Doughty presents Wet and Wild: Frogs of the Kimberley.

    Dr Doughty, Curator of Herpetology at the WA Museum, will delve into recent frog discoveries and explore a who’s who of frogs in this region, covering conspicuous tree frogs, rockhole frogs, burrowing frogs and more.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Crowds inside the Dinosaur Discover exhibition

    23 Jul 2014

    Dinosaur Discovery exhibition breaks Museum attendance records

    More than 130,000 people have visited the Western Australian Museum’s Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition in Perth, making it the most popular display ever held at the Museum, exceeding the previous record of over 113,000 set by A Day in Pompeii, held at the Museum in 2010.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • The 100,000th visitors to Dinosaur Discovery

    14 Jul 2014

    100,000 visitors to WA Museum’s Dinosaur Discovery exhibition

    More than 100,000 people have visited the Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition at the Western Australian Museum, with the Wallbank family from Subiaco marking this milestone when they arrived at the Museum this morning.

    Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous opened in Perth on April 11, 2014 with the dinosaurs inhabiting specially created Cretaceous era environments at the Museum.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Profile pictures of some of the Great Southern faces

    14 Jul 2014

    Great Southern faces feature in portrait project

    Smiling, reflective and proud, the faces of 53 Albany and Katanning residents have joined a Statewide project launched by the Western Australian Museum to celebrate diversity.

    'WA Faces' is an online portrait project aimed at showcasing the people of Western Australia and their diverse and multicultural backgrounds.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Transparent Sea as seen on the balcony by day

    14 Jul 2014

    Spectacular sculpture of gentle giant finds true home at Maritime Museum

    Situated prominently on the Western Australian Maritime Museum’s balcony looking out to the Indian Ocean, the magnificent glass whale shark sculpture from Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013 exhibition Transparent Sea has found its permanent home. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles today thanked Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation for donating the sculpture, and said through their generosity visitors to the Museum could appreciate this extraordinary artwork depicting the State’s marine animal emblem.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Illustration of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus

    20 Jun 2014

    Pterosaurs fly into the Pilbara

    Delve into dinosaur discoveries this week when Dr Mikael Siversson, Curator of Palaeontology at the Western Australian Museum, presents four lectures as part of the Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series, from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 June. 

    Dinosaurs and other creatures of the Cretaceous greenhouse world explores the world as it was 145-66 million years ago, when pterosaurs the size of planes soared the skies, enormous crocodilians wallowed in waterways and giant dinosaurs roamed the landscape.

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    Jane Rosevear