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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • A bilby sniffing around a tree

    15 Apr 2017

    The Bilby

    Macrotis lagotis

    This grey to cream furred marsupial has a long, pointed nose, large ears, and a half black, half white tail. A male of the species can weigh up to 2.5 kilograms.

    As a nocturnal animal, the Bilby spends the night foraging for insects, seeds, bulbs, fruit, and fungi.

    During the day, a bilby will retreat to a burrow that may be up to three metres long, often constructed beneath a shrub, termite mound or spinifex tussock.

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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