Lustre: Pearling & Australia

Touring Exhibition

Fri 21 Feb 2020Sun 21 Jun 2020


Museum of Geraldton

Lustre: Pearling & Australia delves into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and Europeans histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest, continuing industries.

In this exhibition you will learn about the unique and ancient pearling traditions of Northern Australia and discover the evolution, life cycle and habitats of the fascinating organisms that create these beautiful treasures.

Follow a history coloured by discovery, beauty and the ill-effects of greed in this stunning exhibition. On display at Museum of Geraldton from Saturday 22 February to Sunday 21 June.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia was curated in 2015 as a dynamic partnership between the WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru—the native title holders of Broome.


Audio Guide

Access the Lustre online audio guide with your mobile device to enjoy a guided walkthrough of the exhibition.

Follow the above link and select the corresponding number.


Lustre is available for education bookings during term.

You can find a comprehensive education resource on our website.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia is a travelling exhibition.
Museum of the Goldfields: Saturday 25 May - Sunday 1 September
Museum of the Great Southern: Saturday 21 September - Sunday 2 February 2020
Museum of Geraldton: Friday 21 February 2020 - Sunday 21 June 2020

Caption: The crew of a pearl lugger, Broome, c. 1900-20

Credit: National Archives of Australia

Getting Here


2 Museum Place,
Batavia Coast Marina
Western Australia,


(08) 9431 8393

By Bus

The Western Australian Museum — Geraldton is located within walking distance of Chapman Rd bus-stop, which is serviced by the 501 service. Visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available onsite.

Accessibility information about the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton can be found on the Access WA website.