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  • "A woman is carefully explaining a Museum object to another woman at an exhibition."

    7 Mar 2018

    International Women's Day 2018

    The Western Australian Museum is made up of various research departments, billions of years of history, and millions of objects.

    Working behind-the-scenes are people from all walks of life. Among our dedicated staff are passionate women who have helped to not only shape the Museum, but also our understanding of Western Australia and the world.

    This International Women's Day focuses on challenging global gender disparities. We look at the stereotypes, role models, and challenges that girls and women may face during their education and careers.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "The bottle is half submerged in sand in the foreground, with crashing waves in the background."

    6 Mar 2018

    132 year old message in a bottle found on WA beach

     

    The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast.

    Until now, the previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days between jettison and discovery.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Artwork showing what the extinct Butterfly Bandicoot would have looked like.

    19 Feb 2018

    New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered

    New research has provided a breakthrough in the problematic identification of species of bandicoots and bilbies, resulting in the reassessment and subsequent reclassification of one subspecies and the identification of a new, extinct species.

    Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy at the Western Australian Museum and lead researcher in this study said the findings are significant, and open the door to describing further species within this order of marsupial mammals endemic to Australia, New Guinea and surrounding islands.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • "10 hands are cut out from coloured paper with apologies written on them. They are stuck around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags."

    13 Feb 2018

    National Apology to the Stolen Generations

    On 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular to the Stolen Generations.

    The journey to a national apology began with the Bringing them Home report with recommendation 5a of the report stating,

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "A group in the middle of a discussion. They are sat at a table covered by paper and pens."

    20 Dec 2017

    We want to hear from you

    The WA Museum is for everyone. This includes the 16% of Western Australians who identify as having a disability of some form (ABS, 2012).

    In 2007 we developed our first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), and have continually worked to improve and implement it across our organisation.

    As part of our disability services consultation we want to hear your feedback.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Pelagic Plastic III

    13 Nov 2017

    Exhibition highlights build-up of plastic pollution on beaches and in oceans

    A thought-provoking exhibition about the build-up of small scale plastic rubbish on Western Australia’s beaches and the wider issue of waste on the world’s oceans opens at the Museum of Geraldton this week.

    On the Beach by artist Tim Pearn, documents a year in which Pearn collected more than 1,600 pieces of washed-up plastic while on his regular walks along just one beach in the State’s south.

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    Flora Perrella

  • "Two boys looking in awe at a ferocious dinosaur."

    27 Sep 2017

    Giant dinosaurs roar into Perth

    Western Australians are getting up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period at the WA Museum's new Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "A close up image of the new spider. It is very big and is sitting on red dirt."

    15 Sep 2017

    What do Trapdoor Spiders, Cocktails and Dinosaurs have in Common?

    All will combine to create a wild cultural experience of fun and philanthropy at The Lost World: Night at the Museum. Guests of the Foundation for the WA Museum will have the chance to name a new WA species of the Trapdoor spider genus, Idiosoma, found in a small region of the northern Wheatbelt of WA, for a price!

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    Foundation for the WA Museum

  • "Christine and Ian standing in front of a bookcase. He is holding his certificate of appreciation."

    11 Sep 2017

    Congratulations Ian Mettam!

    We would like to congratulate one of our library volunteers Ian Mettam.

    Ian has been volunteering at the library every Wednesday for the last 12 years, tirelessly transcribing old catalogue cards for the digital Reprint Collection. This extensive project has taken 10 years to complete.

    In recognition of his hard work, the Museum’s librarian, Bobbie Bruce, recently had the pleasure of presenting Ian a Certificate of Appreciation.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "A close up colour portrait shot of Jaimee Cockie."

    5 Sep 2017

    Follow the Dream: Work Experience with the WA Museum

    17 year old Jaimee Cockie spent a week with the Western Australian Museum on work experience.

    Jaimee is from Hamilton Hill Senior High School and will graduate at the end of 2017. After three months volunteering in Fiji next year, she will be attending Murdoch University. This placement was set up through her Follow the Dream coordinator and careers teacher at school.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Sea of hands created for National Sorry Day

    25 May 2017

    National Sorry Day 2017

    This year’s National Sorry Day on the 26th May 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the handing down of the Bringing Them Home Report, which was a report of the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Curtin IS alumni tour group, with Bobbie Bruce centre

    22 May 2017

    Curtin University Information Studies Alumni event

    The Curtin University Information Studies Alumni visited the Western Australian Museum Library and Rare Book collection on Thursday 4 May 2017.

    The event was organised by the Alumni Association so that the Museum’s Rare Book collection could be showcased to members of the Alumni.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Glad Hansen

    11 May 2017

    Glad Hansen - VolunteeringWA Finalist for 2017!

    Glad Hansen is 92 years young. She has been volunteering at the Western Australian Museum in the Aquatic Zoology Department working with molluscs (shells) for over 52 years.

    Glad has been passionate about marine snails (gastropods) since she started collecting beach shells with her young children. Glad began volunteering in 1965, as that was the year the Shell Club of Western Australia was formed. She went to the first meeting and her late husband happened to sit next to the then Curator of Molluscs, Dr. Barry Wilson, and her husband dobbed her in!

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Jessica Brainard

    9 May 2017

    Homeward Bound to Antarctica

    In February 2018 a group of 80 women, chosen from around the world, will set sail for Antarctica to share their knowledge, leadership skills and vision for addressing gender equity in science, and tackling critical environmental conservation issues including climate change.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 8 May 2017

    I Am Heath Ledger documentary prelude to October exhibition

    The extraordinary I Am Heath Ledger documentary premieres in Perth on 9 May at Luna Palace Cinema in Leederville, preluding the much anticipated exhibition about the life of the internationally renowned Perth-born star, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures.

    The world premiere of the documentary was held at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month, drawing worldwide acclaim and attention.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Duckbilled Clingfish specimens

    24 Apr 2017

    New clingfish discovery shows value of museum collections

    A new genus and species of clingfish has been discovered on the shelves of the Western Australian Museum’s Harry Butler Research Centre.

    Western Australian Museum Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore discovered the new clingfish with fellow researcher Dr Kevin Conway from Texas A&M University.

    “We came across two specimens of clingfish that had similar characteristics, yet unmistakably different from the other 160 known clingfishes,” Dr Moore said.

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    Flora Perrella

  • One of the photos in the winning portfolio, A Fishy Present by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia. Shows a crested tern flying while carrying a fish.

    30 Mar 2017

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the Museum of the Great Southern

    The finalists’ and winners’ entries for the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition will go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern next weekend.

    A remarkable image of an orange-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris) won the competition. Piercing Headache by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland captures the male frog being stung by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Axe (kodj). Wood, stone, resin. King George Sound, Albany, c. 1830s Oc.4768

    28 Mar 2017

    Exceptional Yurlmun exhibition ends soon

    An exhibition featuring historic objects made by Albany’s Menang people nearly 200 years ago will soon return to the British Museum after being on display temporarily at the Museum of the Great Southern.

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    Sharna Craig