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  • 26 Jul 2017

    WA Faces of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Kalgoorlie-Boulder was (and is) called the 'Land of the Kulgula's. It is the significant meeting place for the many nations in the Goldfields region. Seventy thousand years later we are still meeting here, living and celebrating our vibrant culture. 

    Tina, Kalgoorlie 2017

     

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    Erika Jellis

  • Two workers holding the straps around a large chiller.  The chiller is about to be craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of WA

    21 Jul 2017

    Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings

    Check out this chiller being craned onto the Art Gallery of Western Australia's roof. It's part of the Perth Cultural Centre's new central energy plant, which is being delivered as part of the New Museum Project.  It is expected to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020. The plant’s full benefits will be realised after the New Museum opens in 2020.

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    New Museum Project

  • Curator handing a shell to a man, woman to his left and children to his right.

    11 Jul 2017

    Community panels shaping the New Museum

    Every three months a group of sixty community members come together to discuss the New Museum Project and provide insight into how the building and content should take shape.

    They come from around Western Australia, from as far away as Meekatharra and Albany and as close as the Perth metro area. They represent many aspects of WA’s diverse communities and bring their ideas, experiences, and love of great museums, buildings and public spaces to the conversation.

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    New Museum Project

  • Loisette Marsh, Barry Wilson and Barry Hutchins. 1970s

    26 Jun 2017

    Vale Barry Wilson

    It was with great sadness that we received news of the recent death of Dr Barry Wilson on 12 June.

    I wish to pay tribute to him and his immense contribution to science, conservation and museums: I am particularly grateful to Diana Jones, who knew him well, for providing much of the information presented here.

    Barry is widely recognised for his enormous contribution to museums and the natural sciences, notably in the discipline of Malacology.

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    Alec Coles

  • Karen Posing with locals’ on Zambia’s Barotse Plains, near the Angolan border.

    20 Jun 2017

    Museum Week 2017

    Anthropology looks at the social practices that make humans human.

    By analysing social interactions, traditions, cultural habits, and many other aspects of our everyday lives, anthropology increases our understanding of ourselves and each other.

    As part of this year's international Museum Week celebrations, the WA Museum's Anthropology department will be exploring specific Museum Week themes.

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    Department of Anthropology

  • 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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    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

  • Alec Coles, Western Australian Museum CEO

    28 Apr 2017

    WAM CEO a finalist in Western Australian of the Year Awards

    WA Museum CEO, Alec Coles OBE has been announced as a finalist for the Western Australian of the Year 2017 Arts & Culture Award.

    As CEO of the WA Museum since 2010, Alec is committed to delivering a vibrant, excellent museum service that is owned, valued and used by all Western Australians and admired by the world. He is responsible for overseeing the ground-breaking scientific and cultural research of the Museum, as well as its extensive public program, exhibition and events calendar across seven dedicated sites.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Patrick photographing in 3D the wreck of SS Xantho

    28 Apr 2017

    Patrick Baker

    Patrick Baker’s work can be found throughout Western Australian Museum publications, exhibitions, websites, and archives. His 48 years as a specialist photographer and his participation in over 70 marine expeditions has enormously contributed to the field of maritime archaeology.

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    Emily Carroll

  • 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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    Emily Carroll

  • 16 Apr 2017

    From the Collections: Easter Postcard

    H1995.266 - POSTCARD, Easter Day

    This card is one of a collection of 37 Christmas, Easter, birthday and tourist postcards, most of them addressed to Miss Olive Jones between 1911 and 1920. The cards are part of the History Collection at the Western Australian Museum.

    The card appears to read,

    Dear Friend Just a line to say I am at Bunbury and feeling well and I hope this finds you all well. I will be coming home on Monday, with love and best wishes from your friend Mrs Jessie St xxxx

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    Emily Carroll