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  • The crucifix crab Charybdis feriatus (Linneaus, 1758)

    13 Apr 2017

    Creature Feature: Holy Crab! The crucifix crab Charybdis feriata (Linneaus, 1758)

    This large and colourful species of swimming crab is wide ranging in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from East Africa the Persian Gulf through to Indonesia and Japan, and throughout most of Australia. The crucifix crab lives in shallow sandy or rocky areas. In parts of its range, such as India, the crucifix crab forms a substantial commercial and recreational fishery but in Australia this species is quite rare and isn’t caught in large numbers by Australian crabbers.

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    Blog entry
    Morgan Strong

  • The Semi-Finalists

    13 Apr 2017

    Balancing the equation

    It is April and so it must be time for the FameLab semi-finals – and it was, again, last night! A packed crowd (literally, there was a significant waiting list for tickets) at the WA Maritime Museum gathered to watch nine exceptional young scientists give insights into their important and in many cases ground-breaking research.

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    Article
    Alec Coles

  • A draw of pinned specimens

    10 Apr 2017

    Entomological Exploration

    Entomology is the study of the forms and behaviour of insects. Explore some of the WA Museum’s online entomological research and head to Cockburn Gateway these school holidays where Museum staff will be showcasing incredible specimens.

    Biodiversity research

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • 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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    News
    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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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Not an Agelas axifera, but this specimen from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands looks similar to the rare sponge the Museum is looking for.

    20 Mar 2017

    Hunt for a neotype – first findings!

    In August 2016 the Western Australian Museum asked Geraldton beachcombers, divers, swimmers and anglers to be on the lookout for a very rare marine sponge, Agelas axifera.

    This sponge is unique to the Champion Bay area of Geraldton. A holotype was collected in 1905 and sent to Germany for scientific study. Unfortunately that specimen was destroyed during World War II.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • WA Museum Taxonomists in 2017

    17 Mar 2017

    Taxonomist Appreciation Day 19 March 2017

    The 19th March is Taxonomist Appreciation Day, a day when we say “thank you” for all of the hard work done by taxonomists around the world. Taxonomy is a branch of biology concerned with the classification, description and naming of organisms. With estimates of total species numbers on earth ranging from 8 million to 1 trillion (including mega-diverse groups such as algae and archaea), and only 1.6 million species currently named, there is a lot left to do!

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    Blog entry
    Lintette Umbrello

  • Western Australian Museum Technical Officer Salvador Gomez examining the car

    14 Mar 2017

    Western Australia’s oldest car to go on display in York

    The oldest surviving car of Western Australian provenance will return to York for the first time in 115 years.

    The Benz, on loan from the Western Australian Museum, will go on display at the York Motor Museum from Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he is pleased the car will spend the next two years in York and that the Motor Museum will be able to share the car’s colourful history with its visitors.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Curator Corioli Souter discussing exhibition objects

    8 Mar 2017

    International Women's Day

    The Western Australian Museum would like to acknowledge all the hardworking women who have greatly contributed to the Museum’s work. This includes staff, volunteers, associates and visitors, both past and present.

    Below are a few of the amazing women who work for the WA Museum who help inspire people to explore and share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and contribute to the diversity and creativity of our world.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • Yidumduma Bill Harney’s Bush School, 2007

    8 Mar 2017

    An ancient culture kept alive through art

    A new exhibition that brings to life one man’s remarkable journey to share his people’s culture with the world is going on display at the Museum of Geraldton from this weekend.

    Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor is a travelling exhibition from Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and celebrates the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Harney is a Wardaman Elder, whose country lies south-east of present-day Katherine in the Northern Territory.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Omeo shipwreck site

    20 Feb 2017

    Coogee Maritime Trail

    Omeo shipwreck site Image copyright WA Museum 

    The Western Australia Museum has worked with the City of Cockburn, Perth NRM and Murdoch University Divers to develop the Coogee Maritime Trail.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • The inverted bow section of HMAS Sydney (II)

    15 Feb 2017

    HMAS Sydney film wins international 3D film-making award

    A 3D video experience featuring extraordinary underwater images of two historic shipwrecks obtained by Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum has won the Best-of-Show Live Action Category at an international conference honouring 3D innovation.

    From Great Depths 3D – Witnessing the Wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran was among 31 3D films showcased at the 28th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 3D Theatre held near San Francisco recently.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Catherine Belcher and Leigh O'Brien

    7 Feb 2017

    New Manager at the Museum of Geraldton

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced Museum of Geraldton Senior Project Officer Leigh O’Brien is the Museum’s new Regional Manager.

    Ms O’Brien takes over from Catherine Belcher who has moved to a new role with the WA Museum based in Perth.

    “I congratulate Leigh on her appointment and I know that she will put her heart and soul into the Museum of Geraldton and the vibrant region it serves,” Mr Coles said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • large black cockatoo on a pale background

    1 Feb 2017

    Untimely cockatoo death reveals important information on local movements

    This female Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) was banded as a chick in Bungendore Park (Bedfordale) on 4 July 2009 (weight 565 gm at 60 days old) – the band is obvious on her right leg. She was recently found in Carlisle, probably the result of a vehicle strike, and taken to the Darling Range Wildlife Shelter, but died overnight and was handed to Department of Parks and Wildlife who then passed her on to the Western Australian Museum.

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    Lintette Umbrello

  • Aronson & Co, Coolgardie brooch c.1896. Gold brooch with mining tools.

    1 Feb 2017

    Celebrating colonial gold and silver

    An exhibition showcasing rare 19th and 20th Century Australian silver and gold works will be on display at the Museum of the Goldfields from this weekend.

    Silver and gold: Unique Australian objects 1830-1910 is a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia that tells stories of personal, community and professional achievements through both ornate and functional objects.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • A child playing with a large bubble at Science Wonderland

    10 Jan 2017

    It’s a science wonderland at the Museum of Geraldton!

    Families can experience some fascinating principles of science and technology through a mix of interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments when the Museum of Geraldton hosts Scitech’s Science Wonderland from 17-21 January.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said Science Wonderland is a fantastic family program.

    “The younger ones will be able to play with light cubes, explore X-rays and discover how colours mix,” Ms Belcher said.

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    News
    Sharna Craig