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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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