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  • Juvenile Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta standing on leaves.

    2 Jun 2016

    New species of Long-nosed Bandicoot identified by WA Museum researcher

    Studying the teeth, skulls and skins of almost 100 bandicoots held in museum collections around Australia and in London has led a scientist from the Western Australian Museum to determine that animals previously thought to belong to the same species of Long-nosed Bandicoots are actually two distinctly different species.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Diprotodon Skeleton

    31 May 2016

    Dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at Perth Concert Hall

    From the red desert of Australia to the red carpet of the Perth Concert Hall, a collection of objects showcasing Australia’s ancient history are now on display in the Perth Concert Hall foyer.

    The Western Australian Museum has partnered with the Perth Concert Hall to display a selection of objects from its Earth and Planetary Sciences collection while the Museum's Perth site undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its 125-year history. 

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    Sharna Craig

  • Dr Mathew Trinca

    27 May 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr Mathew Trinca - The Politics of Things

    The politics of things: relational meaning of collections to communities Transcript

    Trinca: It’s a great pleasure to be here and not least because I think it’s the first time that I’ve stood in this hall since — well I suppose last night typically is the truth of when I was last in this hall — but preceding that I haven’t been here for 13 years, which seems a terribly long time, so it’s a great delight.

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  • Dr Belinda Crerar

    27 May 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr Belinda Crerar - Reading without Words

    Reading without words: a history told through things Transcript

    Belinda Crerar: I’m going to talk a bit today, this morning, about the ways in which we can look at the past through using objects. So as any historian will know there are some very clear problems with understanding history through the written word alone. For many cultures there simply aren’t written texts available, at least not written by the people themselves.

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  • Parry Endeavour (left) on display at the WA Maritime Museum alongside Australia II

    24 May 2016

    Celebrate Jon Sanders’ epic voyage at WA Maritime Museum’s Open Day

    Celebrate Western Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders’ world record triple circumnavigation of the world at the WA Maritime Museum this week.

    Tomorrow, 25 May, marks 30 years since Jon Sanders departed Fremantle in Parry Endeavour, the 14-metre sloop that took him across 131,500 km of ocean and is now on display at the Maritime Museum.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is proud to have the yacht in its Collection.

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    Sharna Craig

  • The Coral Compactus

    23 May 2016

    WA Coral Field Guides

    The Coral Compactus: Western Australia Hard Coral Genus Identification Guide Version 2

    Abstract: The intention of this identification guide is to provide coral identification material to support research, monitoring and biodiversity conservation in Western Australia.

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  • A Sea of Hands for Reconciliation Week

    23 May 2016

    National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

    What is National Sorry Day?

    The 26th of May is National Sorry Day.

    Sorry Day is a time to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of Aboriginal and Torries Strait Islander children who were taken away. We now know them as The Stolen Generation. 

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  • World War Two firearms on display

    17 May 2016

    WA Museum – Perth hosts untold story about battle for Australia

    The Western Australian Museum – Perth will showcase a large collection of rare artefacts when Battle for Australia: An Untold Story goes on display tomorrow.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition tells important Australian stories about attacks, loss and sacrifice during World War Two.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1954.

    12 May 2016

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices, opens at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Saturday 14 May 2016.

    It brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past – forced adoptions –and has offered those affected an opportunity to share their experiences, some for the first time.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said it is estimated at least 150,000 adoptions took place from the 1950s-1970s and a significant number of them were forced.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Dr Ian MacLeod Sandi Davy, Ian’s PA.

    12 May 2016

    Farewell Dr Ian MacLeod

    Dr MacLeod has officially retired after 38 years with the Museum, and this wonderful achievement was celebrated with a farewell gathering

    Learn More Click on the button below to learn more about Dr MacLeod's amazing career in metals conservation, and his invaluable contributions to the Western Australian Museum. Thank you, Ian!

     

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  • The distinctive wedge-shaped tail is evident from a great distance.

    12 May 2016

    Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Scientific Name

    Aquila audax

    Other names

    Eaglehawk. Waalitj (Noongar name).

    Description

    A huge, very dark eagle with long wedge-shaped tail, long fingered wings and completely feathered legs. Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world.

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  • 6 May 2016

    Discover "Beneath the Waves"

    One of the biggest marine biodiversity surveys in the world, led by researchers from the Western Australian Museum, has been turned into an interactive online documentary with multiple layers of learning thanks to production company Periscope Pictures and funding from ScreenWest.

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  • Overall winner 'Feathered Symmetry' by David Stowe shows a bird's wings raised

    5 May 2016

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    The 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year collection will open at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder this weekend, with Western Australian photographers winning two of the categories.

    The competition’s overall winning image ‘Feathered Symmetry’ by David Stowe will be on display. Captured in New South Wales, it shows a white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterusI) stretching its wings, ready for take-off.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Two researchers carefully excavating a burial site at Beacon Island, 2015

    5 May 2016

    The Batavia and recent discoveries

    The story of the infamous Batavia shipwreck continues to unfold with new perspectives and discoveries.

    Members of the public are invited to join local historian Dr Howard Gray and WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Curator Corioli Souter for an afternoon of back-to-back lectures about the Batavia and recent findings at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton next week.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said the lectures are part of the 2016 WA Heritage Festival.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Dr Ian MacLeod

    4 May 2016

    WA Museum luminary honoured in retirement

    The Western Australian Museum has conferred its highest honour upon retiring Executive Director of Fremantle Museums and Collections, Dr Ian MacLeod – that of Fellow of the Western Australian Museum. Dr MacLeod officially retires this week, after 38 years with the Museum.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Dr MacLeod had an outstanding international reputation in the field of metals conservation, and had made a truly significant contribution to the Museum, particularly in the fields of shipwreck conservation and the preservation of Aboriginal rock art.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 22 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Professor Peter Veth and Professor Jo McDonald - The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia

    The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia: cultural transmissions through multiple media Transcript

    Jo: OK so Pete and I are going to do a double act today talking about some rock art research that we do both in the central part of Western Australia in the Western Desert, and then Pete will be talking about the Kimberley.

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  • Detail of the Dampier Marine Gallery - before the decant

    21 Apr 2016

    Dampier Marine Gallery Decant

    Western Australian Museum curators, staff and volunteers have begun the process of decanting the Dampier Marine Gallery (DMG) as part of preparations for the New Museum Project. The DMG is one of the final exhibition spaces to be cleared out, as galleries have been slowly closing to the public since December 2015.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    Harry Butler Research Centre Opened

    The brand new $17.6 million Western Australian Museum Research Centre in Welshpool was officially opened by Culture and the Arts Minister John Day in April 2016.

    The facility has been named in honour of the late Dr Harry Butler AO CBE, who was one of Australia's best known naturalists but also spent many years working with the WA Museum in the areas of education, fieldwork, advocacy and financial support through initiatives such as the Butler Bequest.

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