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  • 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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    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • 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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    Article
    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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    Article
    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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    Article
    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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    Article
    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