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  • 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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    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

  • Blue whale on the 5th floor of Francis Street

    3 Jun 2016

    Preparing the Blue Whale for the New Museum

    The Blue Whale skeleton is one of the Western Australian Museum’s oldest and largest specimens. It has a long and interesting history within the Museum and holds a special place in the hearts and memories of the people of our State. 

    For nearly 120 years the WA Museum has been the home to this marine giant’s skeleton.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Dr Mathew Trinca

    27 May 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr Mathew Trinca - The Politics of Things

    The politics of things: relational meaning of collections to communities Transcript

    Trinca: It’s a great pleasure to be here and not least because I think it’s the first time that I’ve stood in this hall since — well I suppose last night typically is the truth of when I was last in this hall — but preceding that I haven’t been here for 13 years, which seems a terribly long time, so it’s a great delight.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Dr Belinda Crerar

    27 May 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr Belinda Crerar - Reading without Words

    Reading without words: a history told through things Transcript

    Belinda Crerar: I’m going to talk a bit today, this morning, about the ways in which we can look at the past through using objects. So as any historian will know there are some very clear problems with understanding history through the written word alone. For many cultures there simply aren’t written texts available, at least not written by the people themselves.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • The Coral Compactus

    23 May 2016

    WA Coral Field Guides

    The Coral Compactus: Western Australia Hard Coral Genus Identification Guide Version 1.1

    Abstract:

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A Sea of Hands for Reconciliation Week

    23 May 2016

    National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

    What is National Sorry Day?

    The 26th of May is National Sorry Day.

    Sorry Day is a time to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of Aboriginal and Torries Strait Islander children who were taken away. We now know them as The Stolen Generation. 

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Dr Ian MacLeod Sandi Davy, Ian’s PA.

    12 May 2016

    Farewell Dr Ian MacLeod

    Dr MacLeod has officially retired after 38 years with the Museum, and this wonderful achievement was celebrated with a farewell gathering

    Learn More Click on the button below to learn more about Dr MacLeod's amazing career in metals conservation, and his invaluable contributions to the Western Australian Museum. Thank you, Ian!

     

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  • The distinctive wedge-shaped tail is evident from a great distance.

    12 May 2016

    Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Scientific Name

    Aquila audax

    Other names

    Eaglehawk. Waalitj (Noongar name).

    Description

    A huge, very dark eagle with long wedge-shaped tail, long fingered wings and completely feathered legs. Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world.

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  • 6 May 2016

    Discover "Beneath the Waves"

    One of the biggest marine biodiversity surveys in the world, led by researchers from the Western Australian Museum, has been turned into an interactive online documentary with multiple layers of learning thanks to production company Periscope Pictures and funding from ScreenWest.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 22 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Professor Peter Veth and Professor Jo McDonald - The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia

    The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia: cultural transmissions through multiple media Transcript

    Jo: OK so Pete and I are going to do a double act today talking about some rock art research that we do both in the central part of Western Australia in the Western Desert, and then Pete will be talking about the Kimberley.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Detail of the Dampier Marine Gallery - before the decant

    21 Apr 2016

    Dampier Marine Gallery Decant

    Western Australian Museum curators, staff and volunteers have begun the process of decanting the Dampier Marine Gallery (DMG) as part of preparations for the New Museum Project. The DMG is one of the final exhibition spaces to be cleared out, as galleries have been slowly closing to the public since December 2015.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 21 Apr 2016

    Harry Butler Research Centre Opened

    The brand new $17.6 million Western Australian Museum Research Centre in Welshpool was officially opened by Culture and the Arts Minister John Day in April 2016.

    The facility has been named in honour of the late Dr Harry Butler AO CBE, who was one of Australia's best known naturalists but also spent many years working with the WA Museum in the areas of education, fieldwork, advocacy and financial support through initiatives such as the Butler Bequest.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr JD Hill - Every Object Tells a Story

    Every object tells a story; but is it the object or the story teller that is most important? Transcript

    Hill: Good afternoon everybody. What I’d like to talk to you this afternoon about is objects and telling stories of objects, and use some of the objects in the A History of the World exhibition to illustrate what I want to talk about. What I want to really try and get to at the end of this talk is: ‘what makes a good object story?’ Curators, our job is objects.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr. Sven Ouzman - Stories in Stone

    Stories in stone: walking toward the future in the footsteps of our ancestors Transcript

    Sven Ouzman: Good morning everyone. I start with the acknowledgment for country not for politically correct reasons but because it’s necessary, because things could have been different. We’re not in an innocent space, we’re in a museum, museums are encumbered with particular imperial, colonial, post-colonial, Indigenous histories, and we’re talking about objects, objects that came from different places with different levels of consent for example.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Alec Coles - Making it Real

    Making it real: the changing nature of collections Transcript

    Alec Coles: I’ d like to begin obviously by acknowledging that we meet on Whadjuk Noongar land, and the Whadjuk people are the traditional custodians of this land. I pay my respect to their elders past and present, in the knowledge that where we meet and where we will build the new museum was in deep history a wetland of great significance to Whadjuk people.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - James Dexter - Welcome and Introduction

    Transcript

    James Dexter: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, my name is James Dexter, Director, Creative and Regional Development for the Western Australian Museum. Before I welcome you to today’s symposium I would like to acknowledge Whadjuk Noongar, traditional owners of this land on which we meet, and to pay my respects to their elders past and present. Welcome to Unwritten Stories: Objects, Power and Shared Histories, presented by the WA Museum and the University of WA.

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