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  • New grave containing five sets of human remains discovered on Beacon Island

    23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

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    Mara Pritchard

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

     

     

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    Mara Pritchard

  • 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

  • Bleating froglet (Crinia pseudinsignifera) in water

    10 Nov 2017

    Help save our frogs with your mobile phone

    Kids, mums and dads, amateur scientists and community groups are being asked to pick up their mobile phones and head into their backyards and beyond to help save Australia’s native frogs.

    The Western Australian Museum is partnering with the Australian Museum and other museums around the country as part of FrogID – a major citizen science project which explores where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.

    Frogs are one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Soldiers moving into the fighting at Broodseinde on 5 October 1917

    8 Nov 2017

    Exhibition tells of historic relations between the ANZAC and Belgium during World War One

    An exhibition that tells shared stories about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or ANZAC, and Belgium during World War One is now open at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The Great War in Broad Outlines pays tribute to the sacrifice of the ANZAC, and is a reminder that Belgium is forever grateful and continues to honour the fallen.

    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the exhibition depicts defining moments and memorable battles of World War One.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c. 1995, Itara: River Red Gum. Art carved on wood.

    8 Nov 2017

    Traditional art meets modern technology

    An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture through intricate carvings and artefacts will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields next weekend.

    Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Zoe Scott said Punuku Tjukurpa, presented by Artback NT, showcases a rich sacred history.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Wildlife illustration by Peter Schouten

    7 Nov 2017

    Research noting impact of climate change on native species graces cover of prestigious science journal

    Research which notes the impact of climate change on the evolution of Australia’s native bilbies and bandicoots has featured on the cover of the prestigious Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The article was authored by the Western Australian Museum’s Mammals Curator Dr Kenny Travouillon.

    “Climate change has been a very important factor in the evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, placing a selective pressure for survival in a harsh, arid environment,” Dr Travouillon said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 26 Oct 2017

    Working together in the Kimberley



    WA Museum Curators Michelle Broun and Stephen Kinnane and Community Engagement Officer Barbara Paulson attended last month’s Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) Festival at the invitation of KALACC’s Board of Directors.

    The trip followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the WA Museum and KALACC. The MOU outlines a commitment for the two organisations to work together to engage with Aboriginal peoples from the Kimberley and identify ways local stories could be shared in the New Museum.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Man stands next to the BIF Slab

    23 Oct 2017

    What is the BIF slab?

    It weighs 8.8 tonne (roughly a third the weight of a bus), it’s 2.5 metres high and 3 metres wide (one and half time higher and three and half times wider than an average doorway), and it’s about 3,000 million years old.

    And it tells the story of Western Australia.

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    New Museum Project

  • 23 Oct 2017

    Strong cultural connections and a multimillion dollar partnership

     

    A multimillion-dollar partnership agreement has been signed between Tianqi Lithium Australia and the Foundation for the WA Museum.

    The $5 million agreement is a significant contribution to the Foundation’s endowment program, Discovery Fund, and has secured Tianqi Lithium Australia with naming rights for the Connections gallery in the New Museum for WA.

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    Erika Jellis

  • A woman and a young girl work on their contribution to the coral reef at AWESOME Festival

    20 Oct 2017

    Awesome fragile ocean homes





    Just near Coral Bay, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, in the crystal-clear waters of Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the world’s most amazing reefs. More than 500 species of brightly coloured fish make their home in coral reef ‘cities’. Because they are so close to shore, they are at risk from human activity.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 18 Oct 2017

    Competition - London's Calling!

    Fill out an entry form at the Art Gallery WA while you are visiting the Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition for your chance to win an amazing trip for two to London.

    The winner will also get an awesome prize pack including a bespoke Rusty surfboard, a polaroid camera and a "behind the seams" tour of the Angels Costume house - the largest privately owned collection of costume for film, theatre and television anywhere in the world.

    Good luck!

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Shell-string twisted on flat surface by Dulcie Greeno, made of stripy buttons, marina and rice shells in Launceston 2016

    16 Oct 2017

    Traditional shell-stringing exhibition coming to Museum of the Great Southern

    The Museum of the Great Southern is proud to host a national touring exhibition about shell-stringing; one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community’s culturally significant and closely guarded traditions.

    kanalaritja: An Unbroken String from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) features a variety of beautiful, delicate and rare shell necklaces, created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, acclaimed makers of today, as well as a new wave of stringers.

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    Sharna Craig

  • "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

  • Dual images show portraits of Shona Coyne (left) and Lindsay Dean (right)

    26 Sep 2017

    Liaising with the Great Southern

    Lindsay Dean and Shona Coyne have been engaged as Community Liaison Officers in the Great Southern region.

    Community Liaison Officer engagements focus on projects being developed for the New Museum in collaboration with Aboriginal communities.

     

    What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture, people and Dreaming stories in the Great Southern.

    Lindsay Dean 2017

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    Erika Jellis