Lustre: Pearling & Australia

Travelling Exhibition

Fri 21 Feb 2020Sun 10 Jan 2021


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 until Sunday 10 January 2021.

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. Contact the Museum by emailing or calling 9431 8393.

You can find a comprehensive education resource on our website.

Fun at Home

Marvellous Mollusc Activities

Shells have been around for over 500 million years. Today we see a wide variety on the beach but what mollusc animals are responsible for making these amazing shell structures, including some that have the beautiful, lustrous mother of pearl?

Discover what these marvellous mollusc animals are through a delightful range of playful hands-on activities for children and their families.

Marvellous Molluscs Activities

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

Credit: National Archives of Australia