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  • Jonty Coy, Fletcher Cox and Louise May pose around the meteorite display

    5 Jun 2014

    4.5 billion year old meteorites rock the Perth Concert Hall

    Ancient meteorites that were formed during the birth of our Solar System 4.56 billion years ago will go on display at the Perth Concert Hall this weekend.

    The meteorites are part of the Western Australian Museum’s Collection and are being displayed to complement the Western Australian Youth Orchestra’s season opening performance of Gustav Holst’s seminal work ‘The Planets’ this Sunday 8 June at 3pm.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Ship’s boat from wreck of HMAS Sydney (II)

    1 Jun 2014

    Curtin University, WA Museum Foundation help fund Gift to the Nation

    The Western Australian Museum has received a significant funding boost to investigate, photograph and film the World War II wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and the HSK Kormoran, with Curtin University this week donating $170,000 to the project, and the WA Museum Foundation matching that amount with another $170,000.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Honey Possum (Tarsipes rostratus) feeding on a Banksia inflorescence.

    1 Jun 2014

    Lyn Beazley looks to the Wild West

    Following her induction into the WA Science Hall of Fame, Professor Lyn Beazley AO will launch the Western Australian Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West lecture series with a captivating presentation on sight at the WA Maritime Museum this Wednesday, 4 June.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Spinosaurus features in the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition

    10 May 2014

    Connect with YOUR WA Museum on International Museum Day

    Celebrate International Museum Day this Sunday 18 May at your local Western Australia Museum and connect with YOUR WA museum through our exciting range of collections.

    Entry to most WA Museum sites is free every day, but on Sunday entry to the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle will be free, too. In addition, all activities in the Play-laeontology Zone at the WA Museum – Perth will be free for all visitors who buy a ticket to the amazing and record-breaking Dinosaur Discovery exhibition.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • Iconic Numbats grace the cover of the Field Guide

    1 May 2014

    WA Museum puts West Australian wildlife in your hands

    Get to know your local bugs, birds and beasts when the Western Australian Museum launches its new Field Guide to Western Australian Fauna app today.

    This free app provides descriptions, photos, distribution maps and endangered species status of more than 250 species of birds, frogs, mammals and more, found on the land and in waters across Western Australia.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • In-flight near miss between a young osprey and a spoonbill

    28 Apr 2014

    Amazing ANZANG reaches the Goldfields

    The Western Australian Museum tour of The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will reach the Goldfields this Saturday 3 May.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year showcases the unique natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea region via the winning works of the world’s best amateur and professional photographers.

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A model posing with stolen items

    28 Apr 2014

    Convicts in the Mid West

    Visitors to Western Australian Museum – Geraldton 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 Saturday 3 May.

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

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    Jane Rosevear

  • A sea turtle crawling over the beach to return to water

    11 Mar 2014

    Turtle talk to help Gnaraloo’s unique program

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton is doing its bit to help a unique program to protect residents of a remote stretch of WA coastline in the world famous Ningaloo Marine Park.

    The Gnaraloo coastline is building fame in its own right because of its endangered sea turtle populations.

    Sea turtles nest and hatch on beaches along the Gnaraloo coastline annually, generally from November to April.

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    Morgan Strong

  • Divers working on a large coral reef

    28 Feb 2014

    Offshore treasures found in WA Museum fieldtrip

    Scientists and researchers led by a team from the Western Australian Museum have made a series of surprising and exciting discoveries in waters nearly 350 kilometres off the Kimberley coast.

    Among them were previously undocumented fauna, species recorded for the first time in Western Australia and, in some cases, Australia.

    The data and specimens collected are being analysed and documented in the Museum’s Welshpool laboratories.

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    Morgan Strong

  • Two Australian soldiers standing with two young East Timorese men, known as criados

    7 Feb 2014

    Albany explores an enduring Debt of Honour

    The incredible story of 270 Australian commandos who defied all odds to hold down more than 10,000 Japanese troops in East Timor during a critical point of World War II will be told at the Western Australian Museum – Albany from February 14.

    Debt of Honour: Australia’s First Commandos and East Timor recounts the little-known story of one of Australia’s most defining campaigns of the Second World War.

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    Niki Comparti

  • Penguins and Reindeer

    7 Feb 2014

    Amazing ANZANG makes its way to the Mid West

    The Western Australian Museum tour of The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will make its way to the Mid West on February 13.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year showcases the unique natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea region via the winning works of the world’s best amateur and professional photographers.

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    Niki Comparti

  • Man photographed next to clothes on mannequins

    4 Feb 2014

    Convicts in Kalgoorlie

    The country’s history of incarceration and convicts will be on display in two simultaneous exhibitions at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie from February 6.

    The first, Rockbreakers, tells the story of the convict-built, prisoner-filled Fremantle Prison and Old Perth Gaol and their little-known shared rock and mineral collection during the 1880s.

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    Niki Comparti

  • A crane removing the lens from the Port Moore lighthouse

    17 Dec 2013

    Shining a light on Geraldton's history

    The Fresnel lens from one of the State’s oldest working lighthouses, Geraldton’s 135-year-old Point Moore Lighthouse, will go on permanent display at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton from December 20.

    The project was made possible through funding from the City of Greater Geraldton, in-kind assistance from Geraldton Port Authority for the installation of the lens and Diab Engineering sponsorship.

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    Niki Comparti

  • Scientifically accurate artwork of a Spinosaurus from which the animatronic dinosaur will be constructed

    13 Dec 2013

    Dinosaurs storm WA Museum in world first!

    The Western Australian Museum will bring to life the extraordinary dinosaurs of the Earth’s Cretaceous period in a spine-tingling, custom-made exhibition featuring more than 20 life-size animatronic models.

    Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous is currently in development and will premiere here in Perth on April 11 next year when the dinosaurs inhabit specially created, authentic Cretaceous era environments at the Museum.

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    Niki Comparti

  • an near miss between an osprey and spoonbill midflight

    29 Nov 2013

    Amazing ANZANG returns to Albany!

    The Western Australian Museum tour of The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will kick off in Albany on December 6.

    The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year showcases the unique natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea region via the winning works of the world’s best amateur and professional photographers.

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    Niki Comparti

  • a white-shelled land snail on a rock

    18 Nov 2013

    Barrow Island’s brand new bugs

    Twenty-five brand new bugs from Barrow Island and neighbouring areas of WA's northwest  have been described in the latest Records of the Western Australian Museum.

    The Terrestrial Invertebrates Fauna of Barrow Island volume describes 25 new species including a snail, two spiders, a silverfish and 21 flies, and one new genus of wolf spider.

    WA Museum Head of Terrestrial Zoology, Mark Harvey, said the new volume, sponsored by Chevron Australia, contains 22 scientific papers written by a total of 43 authors using data from more than 20 years of collecting.

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    Niki Comparti

  • man standing in the Mid West outback

    15 Nov 2013

    Fading voices: the loss of linguistic diversity

    The global effects of unprecedented indigenous language loss will be discussed in two public lectures at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on November 21 and 22.

    Presented by Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Program linguist James Bednall, the lectures will explain the contributing issues and detrimental effects language extinction has on individuals, communities and humanity as a whole.

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    Niki Comparti

  • rocky outback landscape

    12 Nov 2013

    On Badimaya Country

     An exhibition celebrating the culture and country of the Badimaya people of Mount Magnet will go on display at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton from November 15.

    On Badimaya Country, a joint photographic and language documentation project, captures the culture, language and extensive regional knowledge of the local Badimaya people in photo and film.

    The photographs were taken by Johanna Wagner, who worked on a voluntary basis at the Bidi Bidi community centre in Mount Magnet for three months in 2012.

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  • A composite image of the HMAS Sydney wreck on the ocean floor

    4 Nov 2013

    $50,000 grant takes HMAS Sydney 3D imaging project forward

    A $50,000 Lotterywest grant will help the Friends of the Western Australian Museum develop a project to bring the story of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran to a wider audience.

    The Friends of the Museum – a not-for-profit group committed to promoting the development and advancement of the WA Museum – will work with the Museum, its partners and communities close to the event, to scope the potential for significant exhibitions to be created from a project to image the wrecks that is already underway.

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