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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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    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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    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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  • WA Museum-Perth

    15 Jun 2016

    New chapter for WA Museum at State Library of WA

    The Western Australian Museum and State Library of Western Australia are joining forces from July this year, with a space sharing arrangement that will see elements of the Museum’s popular family-based Discovery Centre remain in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

    From next month, the Museum will open a new Discovery Zone at the State Library while work is carried out to build a New Museum for Western Australia.

    The Museum will also operate a combined Library and Museum shop stocking a diverse range of products from both organisations.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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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  • Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth, 1914.

    9 Jun 2016

    New exhibition at the WA Museum – Albany explores role of Royal Australian Navy in World War One

    Touring exhibition War at Sea – the Navy in WWI opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany this weekend.

    Among the stories told is that of Australia’s first submarine AE1 which disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea on 14 September 1914. No trace of the vessel or its 35 crew has been found to this day.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it is important to remember and recognise the contribution and commitment of Australian sailors and submariners in World War One.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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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  • 3 Jun 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail will open at the WA Maritime Museum on 11 June, 2016.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition explores the fascinating history of how illness impacted upon and even shaped early sea voyages from the 17th Century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th Century.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Juvenile Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta standing on leaves.

    2 Jun 2016

    New species of Long-nosed Bandicoot identified by WA Museum researcher

    Studying the teeth, skulls and skins of almost 100 bandicoots held in museum collections around Australia and in London has led a scientist from the Western Australian Museum to determine that animals previously thought to belong to the same species of Long-nosed Bandicoots are actually two distinctly different species.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Diprotodon Skeleton

    31 May 2016

    Dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at Perth Concert Hall

    From the red desert of Australia to the red carpet of the Perth Concert Hall, a collection of objects showcasing Australia’s ancient history are now on display in the Perth Concert Hall foyer.

    The Western Australian Museum has partnered with the Perth Concert Hall to display a selection of objects from its Earth and Planetary Sciences collection while the Museum's Perth site undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its 125-year history. 

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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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  • Parry Endeavour (left) on display at the WA Maritime Museum alongside Australia II

    24 May 2016

    Celebrate Jon Sanders’ epic voyage at WA Maritime Museum’s Open Day

    Celebrate Western Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders’ world record triple circumnavigation of the world at the WA Maritime Museum this week.

    Tomorrow, 25 May, marks 30 years since Jon Sanders departed Fremantle in Parry Endeavour, the 14-metre sloop that took him across 131,500 km of ocean and is now on display at the Maritime Museum.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is proud to have the yacht in its Collection.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 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