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  • 15 Dec 2016

    RTRFM and the Western Australian Museum’s free live music series Harbour Sundays returns to the WA Maritime Museum in 2017

    After a stellar opening season that saw more than 1,500 local music lovers take in live bands, sunshine and panoramic views at the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays is back for another five weeks of free, live music in January and February 2017.

    Taking place on the balcony of the WA Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay in Fremantle, the second series will see five weeks of Perth’s premier musicians, running the gamut from folk, funk blues and reggae to bluegrass, Congolese dance, soul-funk and dub.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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

  • Female trapdoor spider of the genus Eucyrtops from Western Australia

    9 Dec 2016

    Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

    Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia

    Famous for their carefully camouflaged burrows – some with lids or ‘trapdoors’ from which they launch themselves to catch their prey – trapdoor spiders are remarkable animals. The females of some species are known to live in the same burrow for more than 25 years. 

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    Sharna Craig

  • Artwork 'A burial at sea'. The Illustrated London News, November 1880

    2 Dec 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail opened at the Museum of the Great Southern today.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition explores the fascinating history of how illness impacted upon and even shaped early sea voyages from the 17th Century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th Century.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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

  • 1 Dec 2016

    International Congress on Underwater Archaeology at the WA Maritime Museum

    The Western Australian Museum is pleased to host the Sixth International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA6) at the WA Maritime Museum this week.

    Museum CEO Alec Coles said IKUWA (Internationaler Kongreß für Unterwasserarchäologie) is an independent, not-for-profit international network, and IKUWA6 is organised under the patronage of UNESCO and focuses on maritime archaeology.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • Diver underwater for Beneath the Waves

    29 Nov 2016

    Beneath the Waves wins screen award

    An online interactive documentary created by the Western Australian Museum and production company Periscope Pictures, together with interactive experience developers Hungry Sky, has won a 2016 SAE ATOM Award.

    Beneath the Waves was announced as the ‘Best Educational/Training Video or Website (Primary/Secondary)’ at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Beneath the Waves is the culmination of six years of marine biodiversity survey work in the Kimberley and more than a year of digital production design.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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

  • Maratus mungaich with his front legs up in the air

    22 Nov 2016

    Spiders invade Elizabeth Quay

    The Western Australian Museum will be displaying, playing and talking all things spiders – alongside a 50-tonne fire breathing spider at Elizabeth Quay this week.

    The Museum’s spider encounter will take place inside the WA Museum’s inflatable museum for Arcadia Australia.

    Arcadia – a spectacle of technology, performance, lasers and community activities – will make its Australian debut in Perth from tomorrow and thousands of people are expected to attend.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is a unique opportunity for people to get up close and personal with spiders.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Video
    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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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Dirk Hartog Dish, 1600 – 1616.

    31 Oct 2016

    Dutch King and Queen unveil Hartog Dish in Fremantle

    The Western Australian Museum is pleased to announce that its special exhibition, Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World, was officially opened today by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

    The exhibition is one of the Museum’s many contributions to the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first European contact with Western Australia, when Dutchman Dirk Hartog landed at what is now Cape Inscription.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Article
    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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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Acropora aspera exposed at low tide on the fringing reef at North Maret Island, Bonaparte Archipelago.

    17 Oct 2016

    New survey allays fears about coral reef health in the inshore Kimberley

    Only six months after one of the worst summers in history for coral bleaching, a new coral reef biodiversity and health survey suggests some of Australia’s most biologically important fringing reef communities in the central Kimberley remain intact.

    A team of Western Australian Museum and Curtin University researchers accompanied by Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation's Uunguu Rangers have just returned from a seven-day survey of coral reefs in the Bonaparte Archipelago.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Article
    Western Australian Museum