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  • Diving near the Omeo wreck

    16 Feb 2021

    Enjoy the Omeo wreck, but ‘look don’t touch’ to preserve the significant site and its sea life.

    The Western Australian Museum has joined the City of Cockburn to appeal for visitors to the Omeo wreck at Coogee Maritime Trail to take care of the historic site.

    The popular underwater Trail off Socrates Parade in North Coogee has experienced an influx of visitors in recent months as more people explore their own backyard during COVID-19 travel restrictions.

    As a result, the area has been inundated with visitors, many standing on the wreck, causing damage to the fragile steel hull while also harming the marine habitat and the sea life it supports.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Gogo app

    29 Jan 2021

    Gogo digital platform provides a deep dive into amazing stories at WA Museum Boola Bardip

    Today the Western Australian Museum launched an innovative digital guide to the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    Named ‘Gogo’ the guide provides a huge amount of additional information about 250 specially selected items in the Museum. It allows visitors to take a ‘highlights’ tour around each of the eight exhibition galleries, or explore the stories behind the collections in much more detail.

    Using oral histories, letters, photographs, videos and expert interviews, and some augmented reality, Gogo provides a rich new experience for visitors.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Troglodiplura lowryi

    27 Jan 2021

    Rare species of cave-dwelling spiders named in honour of Thai cave rescuers

    New species of the world’s most specialised cave-dwelling trapdoor spider, Troglodiplura, have been named in honour of key people involved in the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

    Four new species of the rare, blind, cave-dwelling spiders found only in permanently dark zones in caves of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain have been named and published by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    WA Museum lead scientist Dr Mark Harvey said he and his team wanted to pay tribute to the key people involved in the Thai cave rescue and named the new species in their honour.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Male and female specimens of Harveyus contrerasi.

    7 Jan 2021

    New genus of schizomid named after WA Museum’s Dr Mark Harvey

    Can you imagine having an entire genus named after you?

    This great honour was bestowed upon the Western Australian Museum’s Head of Terrestrial Zoology Dr Mark Harvey, when his colleagues named a new genus of schizomid, or short-tailed whipscorpion, after him.

    The team, led by Rodrigo Monjaraz-Ruedas, discovered six new schizomid genera in their study, and named one Harveyus, in recognition of Mark’s exceptional contributions to schizomid research.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Animal head terminal from harness bow

    16 Dec 2020

    The Vikings are here! Real Viking Age artefacts at the WA Maritime Museum

    The largest collection of authentic Viking artefacts to ever come to Western Australia is now on display at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle!

    The international touring exhibition Vikings: Warriors of the North, Giants of the Sea offers a fascinating glimpse into the dramatic world of ancient Vikings at home and abroad.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Male Draculoides anachoretus

    28 Oct 2020

    Researchers count 13 new species of fanged arachnids in the Pilbara

    Researchers from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australian have discovered 13 new species of the elusive ‘spricket’ in Australia’s north-west, a creature that looks like a cross between a spider and a cricket and is only around 3mm long and 0.5mm wide.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A brightly coloured sea creature in the ocean

    26 Aug 2020

    National Science Week 2020 - see the videos

    Thanks to everyone who attended the National Science Week 2020: Deep Blue - Meet the Scientists Q&A [RV Falkor Expedition] at the WA Maritime Museum on August 18th.

    Watch the videos Meet the Scientists 2020

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • 25 Aug 2020

    COVID-19

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    At the Western Australian Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees is our priority.

    We have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place and we are following Government advice.

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  • 24 Aug 2020

    Win a Broome Adventure

    The Foundation for the WA Museum and Channel 7 are giving you a chance to win a once in a lifetime Broome adventure worth up to $40,000! 

    You and a friend could win return flights to Broome, a five-night luxury adventure aboard True North AND five nights at Cable Beach Club.

    To find out more visit https://fwam.com.au/2020Lottery

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia

    8 Jun 2020

    Comprehensive field guide to seastars captures esteemed 60-year career

    To mark World Oceans Day, renowned Western Australian Museum scientist 90-year-old Loisette Marsh launched her magnum opus – Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ms Marsh was one of only two scientists in Australia who specialised in echinoderms (the group of marine invertebrates that includes seastars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crinoids) taxonomy, making this book a significant contribution to science.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ocean, red dirt and car driving along a dusty road - aerial shot.

    4 Jun 2020

    WA Museums reopen this weekend!

    All Western Australian Museum sites will reopen to visitors on Saturday, 6 June.

    We cannot wait to welcome people back to our sites, and we can assure everyone that the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors is our single most important priority.

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    News
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Garypus ranalliorum

    2 Jun 2020

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions from Indo-West Pacific

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions have been described by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    Previously there were 26 species of the Garypus pseudoscorpion known to science, and, of those, only a few came from the Indo-West Pacific region.

    Head of Terrestrial Zoology at the WA Museum Dr Mark Harvey and his colleagues Dr Joel Huey, Jose Carvajal, and Mia Hillyer recently published a paper naming the new species. The discoveries are a result of the WA Museum’s review of national and international museum specimens.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Max Cramer

    29 May 2020

    Our WA Day Heroes

    On the first Monday of June each year, Western Australians unite to celebrate WA Day. Whether it’s our rich and diverse culture, relaxed lifestyle, world-class cuisine or endless blue skies… There are so many reasons for us to celebrate what makes WA, and its people, so unique.

    For many years now, the WA Museum, in partnership with Celebrate WA, has helped deliver events at Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Albany and Kalgoorlie. There will be no festivals this year, however, we have jumped on board Celebrate WA’s call out to recognise Western Australian heroes, #WADayHero.

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • 18 May 2020

    International Museum Day

    ‘It is knowing that I am using the same techniques my ancestors have used for thousands of years that makes this so powerful.

    ‘Balga resin was a prized trading commodity and resource used by the Noongar people.

    ‘Resin is applied to strengthen pegs on spear-throwers and fix stone tools to wooden handles, creating objects like the kodj axe and taap knife which are unique to the south west.

    ‘The best resin mix combines balga resin, charcoal and organic material like grass or kangaroo poo.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 13 May 2020

    International Day for Biological Diversity

    To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, we’re giving you the chance to win this tote bag featuring the beautiful Ruby seadragon.

    The International Day for Biological Diversity is a time to re-connect to our natural world and work together to build a future of life in harmony with nature.  

    Identify and win

    To win a tote bag all you have to do is tap into your inner taxonomist identify this animal:

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    Conditions of entry Museums and Taxonomy

    Taxonomy is the science of describing, naming and classifying organisms.

    Museum collections play a vital role in taxonomy and the description of new species adding to our knowledge of biodiversity.

    A Ruby seadragon specimen that was held in the WA Museum’s collection for almost 100 years was critical in providing information necessary to prove the discovery of a new species.

    Links ⤴ Meet Ruby WA's new seadragon ⤴ Its not the science of tax and five other things you should know about taxonomy ⤴ Keeping Date Taxonomy Western Australia ⤴ Taxonomy Australia

    Conditions of entry: Employees of the Western Australian Museum and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the competition. One entry per IP address. Entrants need to be over 18. The competition commences on 18 May 2020 and closes on 26 May 2020. Entries will be accepted from 5 December 2019 through to midnight on 5 February 2020. Entrants must provide contact information so that the winner can be contacted to redeem their prize. This information will not be used for any other purposes. The winners will be selected using the Excel Random Number Generator. The Western Australian Museum will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever for personal injury suffered or sustained, in connection with the promotion, the use of the prize or any act or omission of the promoter, their respective agents, employees and contractors.

     

     

     

     

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  • 4 May 2020

    Chinese in Albany | Distant Discoveries

    This episode of Malcolm Traill's 'Curatorials' looks at the influence of the Chinese in Albany and throughout Western Australia, from their first arrival in Sydney over 200 years ago to the present day. They were miners, gardeners, laundrymen and furniture makers - and were valued members of the Albany community too.

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    Video
    Ruben Wills

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