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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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    Blog entry
    Lintette Umbrello

  • Chinese Paper Lanterns - Copyright WA Museum

    9 Dec 2016

    Chinese New Year at the WA Museum

    Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    Western Australia is a proudly multicultural state that embraces its wide range of cultural backgrounds.

    For our Chinese communities, the Lunar New Year is one of their most important annual celebrations.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • Dominique McKenzie and Desmond Cameron painting the mural

    2 Dec 2016

    Museum of the Goldfields' Open Day Mural

    As part of the Museum of the Goldfields’ Open Day, a privately commissioned Heartwalk art piece will be unveiled.

    Heartwalk is a two year public art project which will showcase the creative vibrancy of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region. From 2017, both local artists and creatives from across Western Australia will be invited to paint large-scale murals across the CBD area – activating disused spaces, empty windows and blank walls.

    The initiative works to embrace the spirit of the community, whilst providing the opportunity for cultural expression.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • Shale slope

    23 Nov 2016

    Field work and the thrill of discovery

    Working at a museum involves a lot of time indoors. We spend hours looking down microscopes, reading papers, looking at DNA sequence data and databasing the collections. However, when we do get outside we get to visit some incredibly diverse and striking landscapes, seeking new species from every corner of the State. For many of us, this is why we study biodiversity: we feel drawn to these unexplored places and seek to discover species that have never been seen before.

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    Blog entry
    Joel Huey

  • Peacock Jumping Spider Dance

    21 Nov 2016

    Peacock Jumping Spider Dance

    Learn to dance like a male peacock spider with the Western Australian Museum at Arcadia Australia, 23-24 November 2016

    Learn more about Arcadia Australia here

    Footage: Courtesy Project Maratus INC, Michael Duncan, Michael Doe and Adam Fletcher

    Music: Beachfront Celebration – Latinesque by Kevin Macleod is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0

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    Emily Carroll

  • East India House - the Amsterdam headquarters of the VOC, 17th century.

    11 Nov 2016

    The VOC Story

    East India House - the Amsterdam headquarters of the VOC, 17th century. Public Domain 

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    Western Australian Museum

  • The de Vlamingh dish: X-Ray Map

    31 Oct 2016

    The de Vlamingh Dish

    In February 1697 the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh arrived off Shark Bay. On Dirk Hartog Island a landing party found an old flattened pewter dish lying in the sand at the base of a tall wooden post. On the dish was inscribed a record of the first landfall on the Western Australian coast, by the Dutch navigator Dirk Hartog, in 1616. Recognising the significance of the dish, de Vlamingh took it to Batavia (modern Djakarta) and in its place left a dish of his own, nailed to a new post.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 19 Oct 2016

    The story of SS Xantho: WA’s First Coastal Steamer

    SS Xantho

    The paddle steamer Xantho, one of the world’s first iron ships, was built in 1848 by Denny’s of Dumbarton in Scotland. Like most 19th century steamships, Xantho was driven by both sails and steam. In 1871, after 23 years of Scottish coastal service, Xantho was sold to Robert Stewart, ‘Metal Merchant’ (scrap metal dealer) of Glasgow. Rather than cut it up for scrap, he removed the old paddle wheel machinery and replaced it with a ten-year-old propeller engine built by the famous naval engineers John Penn and Sons of Greenwich.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 13 Oct 2016

    Conservation

    Textile conservation at the WA Museum Image copyright WA Museum 

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    Western Australian Museum

  • C. pilbarensis

    27 Sep 2016

    Three New Gecko Species

    Recent WA Museum-led research has described three new gecko species – the smallest geckos to be found in Australia.

    Geckos are a type of lizard found in warm climates all over the world. There are about 1500 species of gecko worldwide, most of which are nocturnal and lack eyelids.

    The Cape Range Clawless Gecko (Crenadactylus tuberculatus) is Australia’s smallest gecko, reaching just over 4cm in length, including the tail.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "Bothriembryon (B.) sophiarum sp. n. A–D holotype WAM S66478 (H = 14.4 mm) E Protoconch and early teleoconch sculpture; scale line 0.5 mm."

    20 Sep 2016

    No Dissection Necessary

    Earlier this year, Western Australian Museum Technical Officer (Molluscs) Corey Whisson and fellow scientist Dr Abraham Breure published a research article called "A new species of Bothriuembryon (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Bothriembryontidae) from south-eastern Western Australia" in ZooKeys.

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    Western Australian Museum