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  • Dr Jeremy Green and Wendy Van Duivenvoorde after the graduation ceremony.

    19 Sep 2016

    Congratulations Jeremy Green

    On 15 September the Western Australian Museum Head of Maritime Archaeology Jeremy Green was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for service to maritime archaeology. He also gave the graduation address on the night for the arts faculty.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Kirsten Tullis

    19 Sep 2016

    Revealing the Museum: Who Am I?

    Amanda Marchese

    Visitor Services Officer 

    My name is Amanda Marchese and I am a Visitor Services Officer at the WA Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries.

    After graduating high school in 2005, I took a year off to work and save before beginning my studies at TAFE, completing a Certificate III in Tourism (Operations) and a Certificate III in Tourism (International Retail Travel Sales) over a period of two years.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Introducing Moridilla fifo

    9 Sep 2016

    Moridilla fifo

    Thanks to all the entrants to the Name this Creature competition. Last month, Dr Nerida Wilson announced the winning name on ABC Radio National’s Off Track program: Moridilla fifo.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Eendracht interior

    2 Sep 2016

    3D Modelling at the Museum

    The Western Australian Museum has recently uploaded its first virtual 3D model to the gallery platform Sketchfab. Sketchfab is used by a huge variety of organiations, institutions and individuals to"publish, share and embed interactive 3D files".

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Nudibranch is the tiny orange-tipped sausages all over its back

    1 Aug 2016

    Name this Creature

    Here is a unique opportunity to make your mark on Australia’s biological history by ‘naming a creature’ that is new to science. The creature is a nudibranch — a photogenic and flamboyant sea slug which lives in waters off North Western Australia.

    The Western Australian Museum and ABC Radio National’s Off Track program are running a competition to name this species, as part of National Science Week 2016.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 13 Jul 2016

    A new species of spider crab in northern Australia

    Spider crabs are members of the superfamily Majoidea. Not your average-looking crab, many of them possess long thin legs (hence their name) and weird body shapes. Majoids are also known as decorator crabs because they camouflage themselves by attaching other organisms, such as seaweeds and sponges, to the spines and hairs on their legs and carapace. One of the largest species of spider crabs found in Australia is from the genus Paranaxia.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • Extent of the Indian Ocean

    12 Jul 2016

    The Leeuwin Effect – when the Indian Ocean houses Pacific taxa

    Earlier this year, we published a paper that highlighted a number of information gaps in Indo-Pacific phylogeographic studies (Putting the ‘Indo’ back into the Indo-Pacific: resolving marine phylogeographic gaps- Invert. Syst. 30:867-94). One of the things we discussed was the unusual phenomenon of typically Pacific taxa occurring in the north west of Western Australia (WA) – in the Indian Ocean!

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    Blog entry
    Molecular Systematics Unit

  • Fred Saunders

    11 Jul 2016

    Revealing the Museum: Who Am I?

    The Western Australian Museum employs a wide range of people with diverse skill sets, from historians and archaeologists to administrators and designers. Meet some of our wonderful employees below.

    Dr Mikael Siversson 

    Curator of Palaeontology, Earth and Planetary Sciences

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 2016 WA Museum NAIDOC Family Day

    6 Jul 2016

    2016 WA MUSEUM NAIDOC FAMILY DAY

    Enjoy the highlights of 2016 WA Museum NAIDOC Family Day at the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

    Visitors participated in activities including learning about traditional artefacts with anthropology and archaeology experts, grinding seeds on a grinding stone and plate, making animal tracks in the sand, creating a miniature raft, portrait photography for WA Faces, and diving into the coastal waters of the Kimberley with interactive documentary Beneath the Waves

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day

    27 Jun 2016

    The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day

    The Last Day at the Museum – Family Open Day, held on 18 June, was a great success and gave many Western Australian's the chance to say goodbye to the Western Australian Museum – Perth before it closed it's doors in preparation for works to begin on the New Museum.

     

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • 22 Jun 2016

    Your museum – your say

    The New Museum for WA is being created in partnership with the people of WA and we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want to see in the New Museum and share your story.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Image of arachnid

    16 Jun 2016

    New subterranean arachnid described from the Pilbara

    The arid zone of Western Australia is a harsh landscape that harbours a surprisingly rich native fauna. To cope with the heat and lack of water, species have adapted in many ways. Perhaps the most extreme method for enduring in this landscape is the colonisation of the subterranean environment. In the caves and interstitial spaces under the surface of the Pilbara, exists a thriving invertebrate fauna, which even includes the enigmatic blind cave eel, Ophisternon sp.

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    Blog entry
    Joel Huey

  • Image of Pseudoscorpion

    16 Jun 2016

    Western Australian Museum scientists describe new species of arachnid from Barrow Island, Western Australia.

    Barrow Island is a Class A nature reserve, located approximately 56 km from the mainland of Western Australia. The island shares a geographical affinity with the Pilbara bioregion, with a recent historical connection to the mainland and Cape Range during lower sea levels approximately 8,000 years ago. Despite this recent connection (at least in evolutionary terms), the island harbours many endemic vertebrate species and subspecies (e.g. Barrow Island Euro, Barrow Island Boodie, Barrow Island Black-and-White Fairy Wren).

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    Blog entry
    Joel Huey

  • Alec Coles

    16 Jun 2016

    New Museum: Temporary Closure

    In this video, Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles explains why the Western Australian Museum is closing.

    Transcript

    We’re developing a New Museum for Western Australia here in the Perth Cultural Centre because we want to create a Museum that’s owned, used and valued by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

    We believe that WA deserves that, and we’ve got so many extraordinary stories to tell in this State, we want the world to hear them.

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    Video
    Western Australian Museum

  • 14 Jun 2016

    Western Swamp Tortoise

    DPAW’s Threatened Fauna: An Overview – Western Swamp Tortoise

    Pseudemydura umbrina

    Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) keeps an extensive list of threatened fauna in line with the Wildlife Conservation Act. On this list, 26 reptiles are listed as “fauna that is rare or likely to become extinct.” This includes the Western Swamp Tortoise, otherwise known as the Short-necked Tortoise, or Western Swamp Turtle.

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    Western Australian Museum