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  • Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway

    5 Mar 2020

    WA’s own Whale Super Highway

    One of the greatest animal migrations on the planet takes place along the Western Australian coast every year. From the Kimberley’s Camden Sound to the freezing waters of Antarctica, this 6,500km route is taken by some of the largest animals on Earth, Humpback Whales.

    The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing this extraordinary migration in a superb immersive film experience, Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway. This 180-degree cinematic adventure takes a stunning look at the life of these gentle giants as they make their journey.

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    Flora Perrella

  • RV Falkor

    4 Mar 2020

    Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    The unique creatures of the Ningaloo Canyons will be studied and catalogued by researchers from the Western Australian Museum in an expedition to the largely unexplored deep sea environment.

    The researchers, led by Western Australian Museum Molecular Systematics Unit Manager Dr Nerida Wilson, will set sail from Fremantle on March 8 aboard the research vessel RV Falkor.

    The 82m Falkor is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which was established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A 14cm tall shark tooth belonging to a Carcharocles megalodon found in hard limestone rock at Cape Range National Park

    3 Mar 2020

    Prehistoric shark teeth found in Western Australia

    Cape Range National Park near Exmouth was once a feeding ground for some of the largest prehistoric predators that ever lived in Earth’s oceans.

    Western Australian Museum scientists made the discovery when they uncovered 38 teeth belonging to Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric shark that research suggests grew to between 15 and 19 metres in length.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot illustration by Peter Schouten

    5 Feb 2020

    Statement from Australia's Natural History Museum Directors

    JOINT STATEMENT FINAL Sat 1 Feb, 2020 STATEMENT FROM AUSTRALIA’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM DIRECTORS IMPACT OF FIRES ON BIODIVERSITY ON A SCALE NOT SEEN SINCE SPECIES RECORDS WERE FIRST KEPT

    Loss is in the ‘trillions’ of animals due to climate change crisis

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Otto the Blue Whale

    28 Jan 2020

    Iconic blue whale skeleton returns to the New Museum

    Western Australia’s iconic and much-loved blue whale is back, ready for the New Museum opening in November 2020!

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman this morning announced the spectacular new display in Western Australia’s New Museum. The 24-metre blue whale skeleton has been excitingly suspended in a dynamic ‘lunge-feeding’ pose in the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Chaeropus yirratji, a newly discovered species of pig-footed bandicoot, illustrated by Peter Schouten.

    20 Dec 2019

    WA Science Stories from 2019

    The scientists and curators at the Western Australian Museum have had a busy year - from discovering purple-loving barnacles and deep sea glass sponges to winning awards for shipwreck research.

    Let’s take a look at some of the Western Australian Museum’s amazing science stories from our 2019 website and media archives:

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: Fremantle, Western Australia

    18 Dec 2019

    International Migrants Day 2019

    18 December

    Today we celebrate International Migrants Day.

    International Migrants Day is a chance for us all to recognise the amazing contributions that Western Australia’s migrant populations have made (and continue to make) to the development of our State and the multicultural society we all enjoy.

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: Terpios hoshinota in the Kimberley

    12 Dec 2019

    Encrusting sponge found in Kimberley coral reefs

    The coral-killing sponge Terpios hoshinota has been detected in the Kimberley for the first time by scientists from the Western Australian Museum.

    Terpios hoshinota is commonly referred to as ‘black disease’ because of its colour and because it overgrows both live and dead coral. It has been reported in many areas of the Indo-Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef, but has not previously been found in Western Australian waters.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class submarine, located outside the WA Maritime Museum

    5 Dec 2019

    SOS - Save Our Sub!


    The Foundation of the WA Museum is seeking your support to repair and repaint the iconic submarine HMAS Ovens.

    The significance of HMAS Ovens

    Ovens is an Oberon class submarine which served for over 30 years.

    Named after the Irish Australian Explorer John Ovens (1788-1825), Ovens is not only one of Fremantle’s best known landmarks, it is a critical item in the State’s museum collections and a significant part of Australia’s naval history.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: New Museum for Western Australia

    4 Dec 2019

    New Museum for WA shortlisted for national construction award

    Western Australia's New Museum is among six national finalists for the 2020 Australian Construction Achievement Award.

    The award showcases world-class solutions and excellence in construction projects.

    The New Museum submission highlighted the delivery of the project as a landmark cultural infrastructure project for the State, integrating contemporary architecture with stunning heritage-listed buildings.

    Construction of the Museum includes the new building, heritage restoration works and a central energy plant servicing the Perth Cultural Centre.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Ancient Rome: Epic innovators and engineers

    3 Dec 2019

    Innovation and inspiration from the Roman Empire

    An exhibition that transports visitors back more than 2,000 years to one of the most technologically significant times in the history of the western world opens at the WA Maritime Museum this Saturday, 7 December.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ancient Rome: Epic innovators and engineers showcases the military genius of the Roman Army, the inspiring technology used to construct Rome, and the innovations that helped develop and maintain the Roman Empire for centuries.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A remotely operated vehicle being used to take photo and video images of the wreck of HMAS Sydney II. Image courtesy Curtin University and the WA Museum

    30 Oct 2019

    Stunning underwater images throw light on Australia’s worst naval disaster

    For more than 66 years the wrecks of two ships destroyed in what is still Australia’s worst ever naval disaster sat silently on the ocean floor, their location a mystery.

    HMAS Sydney II and the German raider HSK Kormoran both sank after a short, fierce battle in November 1941. 81 men from Kormoran died. All 645 men on Sydney were lost.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Sor Kobir 1, Andrew Passi - Mer (Murray Island), Meriam Mer language group, Gabi Titui Cultural Centre

    22 Oct 2019

    Striking mask exhibition opens at Museum of Geraldton

    An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) opens this Saturday, 26 October, at the Museum of Geraldton.

    On display for the first time in Western Australia, Evolution: Torres Strait Masks explores the long-standing importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Calyptorete falkorae

    2 Oct 2019

    Exciting marine discovery in deep sea canyon off Perth

    A biodiversity expedition to the Perth Canyon Marine Park – described by international experts as one of Australia’s subsea treasures – has discovered five new species of deep sea glass sponges, exciting scientists about the prospect of further exploration and future discoveries.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Caption: Museum of the Goldfields

    26 Sep 2019

    Expression of Interest: Museum of the Goldfields Advisory Committee

    The WA Museum is seeking expressions of interest from residents of the Goldfields region to join the Advisory Committee of the Museum of the Goldfields.

    The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to link the Museum with the community it serves. This is “two-way” liaison: representing the community to the Museum and acting as an advocate for the Museum in the community.

    The Advisory Committee meets 2 - 4 times per year to consider general business and being a member is a non-remunerated position.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 18 Sep 2019

    Night Sky: Proposals Sought from Nyoongar Artists

    Image copyright Trevor Dobson

    The WA Museum is seeking proposals from Nyoongar artists for a commissioned artwork about the night sky.

    The original artwork is for display in the New Museum for WA, which opens in late 2020 in the Perth Cultural Centre.

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

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