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  • Large plastic drums

    12 Apr 2013

    The problem with dangerous goods: WA Museum’s conunDRUM

    The Western Australian Museum is the repository for the State’s collection of both natural and social heritage. The Museum's collections require varying amounts of care to preserve. Some artefacts or specimens can simply be kept dry. Most of the Crustacean Collection however is wet-preserved in ethanol and stored in jars and housed in our wet store. Unluckily, not all crustaceans can fit into our jars and some larger specimens are stored in drums, which again, sadly, don’t fit in our wet store.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • Photograph of four Australian soliders from World War One posing for a portrait

    12 Apr 2013

    One Hundred Postcards

    For ANZAC Day 2013, a small exhibition titled One Hundred Postcards was created to tell the story of six soldiers serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War One. These soliders sent over one hundred postcards to home-nurse Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey of Boulder, Western Australia, while training or on active duty overseas. Three were young men she knew from Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The others were relatives. Sadly most were killed, wounded or medically incapacitated, while serving on the Western Front.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Museum curator with a ivory tusk recovered from a shipwreck

    12 Apr 2013

    WA celebrates 50 years of shipwreck history

    • Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) shipwreck discovered 50 years ago
    • Find sparks ground-breaking protective legislation, research and conservation 
    • Wrecks and artefacts key to exploring shared cultural heritage

    Fifty years ago this weekend, a teenage spear-fisherman made the find of a life-time and changed forever how we view Western Australia’s maritime history, Western Australian Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said today.

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    News
    Niki Comparti

  • Shaggy spined bee female

    10 Apr 2013

    The Shaggy Spined Bee

    This bee belongs in the genus Leioproctus but has yet to be scientifically named and described. It has been given the common name "Shaggy Spined Bee".

    WA Museum research associate Dr Terry Houston has developed a factsheet on this unique bee [PDF 299kb], and a full text version of this document can be found below.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Two children enjoying activities at the WA Museum

    2 Apr 2013

    April School Holidays at the WA Museum!

    From local wildlife, to shipwreck stowaways, Papuan paradises and Antarctic adventures, there’s something for everyone at the six Western Australian Museum sites these school holidays!

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    Niki Comparti

  • Close up view of a new species of bee

    27 Mar 2013

    New bee creates a buzz in Ravensthorpe

    A very unusual species of bee has been discovered during a recent field study trip to the Ravensthorpe region in the south of Western Australian.

    Western Australian Museum research associate Terry Houston said the bee has yet to be scientifically named and described and, in the interim, has been dubbed the 'Shaggy Spined Bee'.

    “I became aware of the existence of the species a few years ago after finding five specimens among material donated to the WA Museum by two private collectors,” Dr Houston said.

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    Niki Comparti

  • A carapice measuring the head of a Seahorse

    25 Mar 2013

    Fish in focus - The West Australian Seahorse

    Continuing our series of endemic fish species, here is a very special fish that is endemic to the west coast of Western Australia.

    The West Australian Seahorse: Hippocampus subelongatus  Castelnau, 1873

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    Blog entry
    Western Australian Museum

  • A piece of handmade jewellery on a white table

    20 Mar 2013

    Museum pops open a new gallery for local artists

    The Western Australian Museum – Albany’s new Creative Spaces pop up gallery will host its first installation from March 22 to 28, 2013. 

    Western Australian Museum - Albany regional manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the Museum’s pop up gallery is part of a world-wide movement towards renewing and revitalising empty or disused spaces for public art. 

    “We’re very excited to be able to offer local artists this space, previously used for storage, to share their works with the public,” Ms Wilsher-Saa said.

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    Niki Comparti

  • Aurelio Costarella being filmed and photographed in the Museum's discovery centre

    19 Mar 2013

    Interview with Aurelio Costarella about Unveiled

    This interview was taken with world renowned fashion designer Aurelio Costarella about the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Glamour, his reflections on the exhibition, and his thoughts on the inclusion of one of his pieces into the Western Australian Museum's permenant collection.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A dramatic storm taking place over a stark Australian outback lanscape

    15 Mar 2013

    ANZANG set to capture Kalgoorlie

    The ever popular annual ANZANG Nature Photography exhibition is set to amaze audiences once again when it opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder on March 29, 2013.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder regional manager Zoe Scott said she is always delighted to host the exhibition, which celebrates the depth and diversity of nature in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

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    Niki Comparti

  • An scuba diver underwater

    11 Mar 2013

    Day 18 Kimberley Montage – Kimberley 2012

    This video contains a compilation of animals, habitats and landscapes filmed during the Kimberley research trip of October 2012.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

     

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • Clay Bryce seated in a large boat

    8 Mar 2013

    Day 17 The Wrap – Kimberley 2012

    This video is a summary and wrap-up of the highly successful Kimberley research trip of October 2012.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • A scientists writing underwater

    7 Mar 2013

    Day 16 Octocorals – Kimberley 2012

    In this video we gain insight into the amazing diversity of corals in the Kimberley reefs.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • 6 Mar 2013

    Day 15 Art of Deceit – Kimberley 2012

    In this video, Dr Glenn Moore explains the survival strategies of the fish that live in the Kimberley reefs.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • Four moulting penguins standing in a line

    6 Mar 2013

    Traversing Antarctica travels to Geraldton

    One hundred years ago the 1911 - 1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), famously led by Sir Douglas Mawson, spent many cold months exploring the enigmatic and deadly continent of Antarctica.

    From March 16 to May 26, 2013, a rare collection of artefacts from the expedition will be on display at the Western Australian Museum - Geraldton as part of Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience, a national travelling exhibition celebrating Australia’s connection with the icy continent.

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    Niki Comparti

  • 1 Mar 2013

    Day 12 Bricks and Mortar – Kimberley 2012

    This video examines the important role that coralline red algae plays in reef building and keeping the reef well structured and healthy.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • 28 Feb 2013

    Day 11 Occy Tales Part 2 – Kimberley 2012

    This video is part 2 that examines the unique adaptations that octopuses have made for life on the reef, including changing colour, camouflaging techniques, methods for hunting prey and getting out of the water.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

     

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • An Octopus swimming in shallow water

    28 Feb 2013

    Day 11 Occy Tales Part 1 – Kimberley 2012

    This video is part 1 that examines the unique adaptations that octopuses have made for life on the reef, including loosing limbs and getting out of the water. We also observe that because so few experts have come to the area, there is an unexpectedly large diversity and number of undescribed octopus species on the reef flats.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

  • A scientists handling a sea slug

    27 Feb 2013

    Day 11 Hatchback Sea Slug – Kimberley 2012

    In this Kimberley diary Clay Bryce explains how a unique animal related to the sea hare has evolved to no longer need a shell for protection.

    These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.

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    Video
    Danny Murphy

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