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  • World Oceans Day

    6 Jun 2019

    World Oceans Day

    The Western Australian Museum’s Aquatic Zoology department boasts a wide collection of specimens ranging from tiny crustaceans to large shark skeletons. These specimens are either wet specimens preserved in alcohol or dry specimens stored in glass jars.

    Diving head first during fieldwork expeditions, we have a dedicated team of researchers who are responsible for building and contributing to these collections and the stories behind the specimens.

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  • Barnacle Lepas anserifera

    6 Jun 2019

    Barnacles: The Forgotten Species

    Imagine spending most of your life standing on your head and eating with your feet. Sounds impossible? Well, that’s exactly how barnacles spend most of their lives.

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  • Micro-molluscs

    6 Jun 2019

    Never Underestimate The Power Of Molluscs

    Ranging from snails to clams to octopus, Molluscs are the second largest group of marine invertebrates (animals without a backbone). Dr Lisa Kirkendale, Curator of Molluscs in the Western Australian Museum describes these invertebrates as 4 groups:

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  • Goniobranchus leopardus

    6 Jun 2019

    Nudibranchs, The Rock Stars Of Our Oceans

    Brightly coloured and slow-moving, these creatures are pretty easy to identify and hard to forget once you’ve seen them. Nudibranchs are mesmerizing sea slugs that gracefully slither across our oceans.

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  • Underwater diver Dr Jane Formont

    6 Jun 2019

    Ocean Cleaners Under Threat

    When you think of sponges, the first thing that comes to mind would probably be the cleaning sponge in your kitchen. Believe it or not, those cleaning sponges used to come from the ocean. Divers walked along ocean floors plucking sponges off the sea bottom.

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  • The crew of a pearl lugger, Broome, c. 1900–20

    29 May 2019

    Dive into the gritty story of the pearling industry and its people

    Lustre: Pearling & Australia, an exhibition showcasing the unique and important role that pearls and pearling have played in our nation’s history, returns to Western Australia for its premier regional tour opening at the Museum of the Goldfields this Saturday 25 May 2019.

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    News
    Hillary Henry

  • WA Museum entomologist Dr Nik Tatarnic explores insect life with young people.

    28 May 2019

    New Museum will champion WA STEM Skills Strategy

    For more than 125 years the Western Australian Museum has applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) expertise to identifying and documenting our State’s natural history for the benefit of future generations. When the New Museum for WA opens in the Perth Cultural Centre next year, it will be a key platform for promoting and encouraging STEM culture across all sections of the community.

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    Hillary Henry

  •  Group burial Beacon Island (2017).

    24 May 2019

    Western Australian Museum wins MAGNA Award for shipwreck research

    The Western Australian Museum, on behalf of a broad partnership, has won a prestigious Museums and Galleries National Award for international best practice in research for work on some of Australia’s earliest shipwrecks. The research uses new technology and techniques to improve our understanding of the past.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 22 May 2019

    Professor Barbara York Main, OAM

    27 January 1929–14 May 2019

    By Dr Mark Harvey, Head of the Department of Arachnology for Western Australian Museum

    The Lady of the Spiders, Barbara Main (nee York), left a consummate scientific and literary legacy that was generated by her passion for the natural environment, dedicating her working life to documenting the spiders and other invertebrate inhabitants of Australia.

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  • 21 May 2019

    Win a trip to London and a $1000 wardrobe from DFO!

    To celebrate the fashion icon that is Kylie Minogue, and in homage to Kylie on Stage currently on display at the WA Maritime Museum, you could win a trip for 2 to London with $3,000 spending money and a $1,000 wardrobe from the outlet fashion capital of Perth, DFO!

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Head of iconic Chinese dancing dragon.

    29 Apr 2019

    Iconic Chinese dancing dragon gifted to the WA Museum

    A spectacular, 50-metres long Chinese dancing dragon created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1999 has been donated to the Western Australian Museum by the Chung Wah Association.

    Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Dragon is a welcome addition to the State Museum’s Collection, and is the second culturally significant object donated by the Chung Wah Association in recent years.

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    Flora Perrella

  • The Ancient Rome exhibition allows visitors to immerse themselves in the everyday life of Roman citizens through clothes, jewellery, art and entertainment.

    16 Apr 2019

    Museum of the Great Southern prepares for Roman invasion

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of humankind will open at the Museum of the Great Southern on Saturday 13 April.

    Ancient Rome: The Empire that Shaped the World will provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the military genius of Julius Caesar, admire the disruptive innovations that held the Roman Empire together for centuries, and marvel at the awe-inspiring technology used to construct Rome, which became known as the Eternal City.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 12 Apr 2019

    New name for a tropical whip sponge

    By Jane Fromont

    The enigmatic body shape of a tropical whip sponge collected in Western Australia has resulted in the creation of a new family and genus of sponges.

    The species was first described from Indonesia as Dendrilla lacunosa by Hentschel in 1912 and 100 years later found in abundance in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia during fieldwork funded by the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI). This is where the puzzle begins.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • Brickman Cities - New York

    21 Mar 2019

    New Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY experience coming to the WA Maritime Museum

    Discover the history of the world’s greatest cities and help create your own cities of the future when Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY arrives at the WA Maritime Museum in April.

    TEG Live and the Western Australian Museum have partnered to bring this exciting new interactive experience from Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught to Western Australia.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 13 Mar 2019

    WA and UK researchers discover new species of extinct Australian mammal

    A team of researchers led by the Western Australian Museum and the Natural History Museum in London has discovered a new species of very small, incredibly fast extinct Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot.

    Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy at the WA Museum, said the discovery of Chaeropus yirratji is a breakthrough for science as little was known about the mammal previously.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 2019 inductees (L-R) Prof. Rhonda Marriott, Annie Nayina Milgan, Rischelle Hume AM, Irene Stainton, Dawn Wallam

    8 Mar 2019

    WA Museum Trustee honoured on International Women’s Day

    The Western Australian Museum congratulates Irene Stainton, Chair of the WA Museum’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee (WAMAAC) and member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, on her induction into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for outstanding service to preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage in Western Australia.

    Chair of the WA Museum’s Board of Trustees, Emeritus Professor Alan Robson, said Ms Stainton’s unwavering commitment to cultivating greater understanding of Aboriginal people and their culture had been exemplary.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 7 Mar 2019

    A Ticket to Paradise?

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she had never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. These are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Friday 8 March at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle.

    The new touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 28 Feb 2019

    Compelling world-class portraits to go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern

    A selection of compelling portrait photographs will go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from Tuesday 5 March as part of the biennial Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP) Retrospective Exhibition.

    The stunning exhibition includes entries from local and international photographers, documenting deeply personal stories and moments in life, through the faces of our world’s people.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 20 Feb 2019

    Captivating images of the natural world on show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The 2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields on Monday 25 February.

    The stunning exhibition, produced by the South Australian Museum, celebrates the beauty of the natural world through photographs by professional, emerging and amateur photographers who have shown impeccable timing, artistry and technique to capture our extraordinary world. As ever, there is an extremely impressive junior section.

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    Hillary Henry

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