History

  • 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

  • 5 Sep 2018

    Exhibition brings Ancient Rome to WA for the first time

     

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of mankind will open in Western Australia for the first time.

    Ancient Rome: Explore the Empire that Shaped the World opens at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 15 September and will tour both regional and metro WA Museums.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 21 Aug 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

     

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. They’re just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Saturday 1 September at the Museum of Geraldton.

    The 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
    Hillary Henry

  • "A group of workers stop of a break on top of a railway line."

    30 May 2018

    World Record History

    Marani Greatorex is a cadet with the WA Museum. She worked on the World Track Laying Record exhibition, engaging with community members to record and share their story.

    She writes about the project and how it’s being developed for the New Museum.

    World Record History:

    On May 8, 1968 a track laying crew involving mostly Torres Strait Islander workers broke the world record for laying the greatest length of railway in a single day.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

  • 24 May 2018

    Don’t Keep History a Mystery - National Reconciliation Week

    This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.

    It is a time for all Australians to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. By doing this we can share our knowledge so we can grow as a nation.

    This year's theme, Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow., encourages us to look for the history hidden just beneath the surface, waiting to be uncovered.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

     

     

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Aboriginal Advancement Council banner ‘Let Us Advance Together!” at the Labour Day procession, Perth 1966

    27 May 2017

    Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

    On 27 May 1967, Australia voted to change its Constitution.

    The passing of this referendum enabled Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth laws, rather than just state laws.

    90.77% of Australians voted 'Yes', the largest ever affirmative vote in Australian referendum history.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Roscoe playing his bugle at Blackboy Hill Camp. Dated 9-9-14

    25 Apr 2017

    Roscoe's Bugle

    The Gallipoli campaign is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by Australian soldiers during World War One. This battle helped to forge a national identity.

    Approximately 1023 Western Australians were killed during, or as a result of, the battle that began with the beach landing on Turkish shores on the 25 April 1915, and ended with the final evacuation on the 20 December 1915.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • East India House - the Amsterdam headquarters of the VOC, 17th century.

    11 Nov 2016

    The VOC Story

    East India House - the Amsterdam headquarters of the VOC, 17th century. Public Domain 

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • A hand written postcard from world war one

    18 Apr 2013

    One Hundred Postcards from the front line

    An extraordinary collection of postcards sent to a Boulder woman from men serving on the front line of World War One will go on display at the Western Australian Museum – Perth from April 22, to commemorate ANZAC Day.

    WA Museum history curator Stephen Anstey said six soldiers serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during WWI sent more than one hundred postcards to home-nurse Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey while training or on active duty overseas.

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    News
    Niki Comparti

  • 17 Aug 2012

    Into the valley of death rode… Henry Dyson Naylor

    Stephen Anstey, Curator, History Presented as part of the In the Wild West Lecture Series in 2012.

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    A chance inquiry about an old cavalry sabre leads Museum historians on a detective trail to piece together the story of its owner and uncover a Western Australian’s chilling first hand account of the Crimean War’s Charge of the Light Brigade.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • 4 Nov 2011

    Setting sail for the Olympics

    Sally May, Curator of Maritime History

    In the lead up to the ISAF World Championships in 2011, an event used to select Olympic sailors for the 2012 Games in London, learn about WA’s yachting and sailing history. Including WA’s role in the America’s Cup and the technological innovations that have aided generations of competitive and weekend sailors.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

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