Fri 24 Jul 2015


WA Maritime Museum

James Brown, General Manager, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and Kimberley Marine Research Station

The Australian cultured pearling industry was one of Australia’s first and most successful aquaculture industries but recently it has faced significant challenges. What is the current status of the industry and how secure is its future?

The little known Cygnet Bay Pearls was issued with the first pearl culture license and has been at the forefront of developing this iconic Australian industry. Drawing on first-hand accounts from the pearling pioneers, this lecture describes how the industry grew to be the envy of the world before being devastated by ‘the perfect storm’ of difficult conditions.

Join James Brown as he discusses the status of Australian pearls in the context of industry past and present, and the adaptation imperative facing this old industry in order to meet current challenges and secure its future.

This lecture is part of the Batavia Lecture series for 2015.

Cost: $12 per person. Includes light refreshments after the lecture.

Bookings: Essential call 1300 134 081

Where: NWS Theatre

Please RSVP by 5.00pm, Wednesday 22 July.

James Brown, third generation Australian Pearl Farmer

Man holding a Pearlshell on the back of a boat

Courtesy James Brown

Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle


Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.