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  • Not an Agelas axifera, but this specimen from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands looks similar to the rare sponge the Museum is looking for.

    20 Mar 2017

    Hunt for a neotype – first findings!

    In August 2016 the Western Australian Museum asked Geraldton beachcombers, divers, swimmers and anglers to be on the lookout for a very rare marine sponge, Agelas axifera.

    This sponge is unique to the Champion Bay area of Geraldton. A holotype was collected in 1905 and sent to Germany for scientific study. Unfortunately that specimen was destroyed during World War II.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • WA Museum Taxonomists in 2017

    17 Mar 2017

    Taxonomist Appreciation Day 19 March 2017

    The 19th March is Taxonomist Appreciation Day, a day when we say “thank you” for all of the hard work done by taxonomists around the world. Taxonomy is a branch of biology concerned with the classification, description and naming of organisms. With estimates of total species numbers on earth ranging from 8 million to 1 trillion (including mega-diverse groups such as algae and archaea), and only 1.6 million species currently named, there is a lot left to do!

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    Lintette Umbrello

  • Western Australian Museum Technical Officer Salvador Gomez examining the car

    14 Mar 2017

    Western Australia’s oldest car to go on display in York

    The oldest surviving car of Western Australian provenance will return to York for the first time in 115 years.

    The Benz, on loan from the Western Australian Museum, will go on display at the York Motor Museum from Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he is pleased the car will spend the next two years in York and that the Motor Museum will be able to share the car’s colourful history with its visitors.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Curator Corioli Souter discussing exhibition objects

    8 Mar 2017

    International Women's Day

    The Western Australian Museum would like to acknowledge all the hardworking women who have greatly contributed to the Museum’s work. This includes staff, volunteers, associates and visitors, both past and present.

    Below are a few of the amazing women who work for the WA Museum who help inspire people to explore and share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and contribute to the diversity and creativity of our world.

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    Article
    Emily Carroll

  • Yidumduma Bill Harney’s Bush School, 2007

    8 Mar 2017

    An ancient culture kept alive through art

    A new exhibition that brings to life one man’s remarkable journey to share his people’s culture with the world is going on display at the Museum of Geraldton from this weekend.

    Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor is a travelling exhibition from Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and celebrates the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Harney is a Wardaman Elder, whose country lies south-east of present-day Katherine in the Northern Territory.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Omeo shipwreck site

    20 Feb 2017

    Coogee Maritime Trail

    Omeo shipwreck site Image copyright WA Museum 

    The Western Australia Museum has worked with the City of Cockburn, Perth NRM and Murdoch University Divers to develop the Coogee Maritime Trail.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • The inverted bow section of HMAS Sydney (II)

    15 Feb 2017

    HMAS Sydney film wins international 3D film-making award

    A 3D video experience featuring extraordinary underwater images of two historic shipwrecks obtained by Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum has won the Best-of-Show Live Action Category at an international conference honouring 3D innovation.

    From Great Depths 3D – Witnessing the Wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran was among 31 3D films showcased at the 28th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 3D Theatre held near San Francisco recently.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Catherine Belcher and Leigh O'Brien

    7 Feb 2017

    New Manager at the Museum of Geraldton

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced Museum of Geraldton Senior Project Officer Leigh O’Brien is the Museum’s new Regional Manager.

    Ms O’Brien takes over from Catherine Belcher who has moved to a new role with the WA Museum based in Perth.

    “I congratulate Leigh on her appointment and I know that she will put her heart and soul into the Museum of Geraldton and the vibrant region it serves,” Mr Coles said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Lintette Umbrello

  • Aronson & Co, Coolgardie brooch c.1896. Gold brooch with mining tools.

    1 Feb 2017

    Celebrating colonial gold and silver

    An exhibition showcasing rare 19th and 20th Century Australian silver and gold works will be on display at the Museum of the Goldfields from this weekend.

    Silver and gold: Unique Australian objects 1830-1910 is a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia that tells stories of personal, community and professional achievements through both ornate and functional objects.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • A child playing with a large bubble at Science Wonderland

    10 Jan 2017

    It’s a science wonderland at the Museum of Geraldton!

    Families can experience some fascinating principles of science and technology through a mix of interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments when the Museum of Geraldton hosts Scitech’s Science Wonderland from 17-21 January.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said Science Wonderland is a fantastic family program.

    “The younger ones will be able to play with light cubes, explore X-rays and discover how colours mix,” Ms Belcher said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 15 Dec 2016

    RTRFM and the Western Australian Museum’s free live music series Harbour Sundays returns to the WA Maritime Museum in 2017

    After a stellar opening season that saw more than 1,500 local music lovers take in live bands, sunshine and panoramic views at the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays is back for another five weeks of free, live music in January and February 2017.

    Taking place on the balcony of the WA Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay in Fremantle, the second series will see five weeks of Perth’s premier musicians, running the gamut from folk, funk blues and reggae to bluegrass, Congolese dance, soul-funk and dub.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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

  • Female trapdoor spider of the genus Eucyrtops from Western Australia

    9 Dec 2016

    Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

    Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia

    Famous for their carefully camouflaged burrows – some with lids or ‘trapdoors’ from which they launch themselves to catch their prey – trapdoor spiders are remarkable animals. The females of some species are known to live in the same burrow for more than 25 years. 

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Artwork 'A burial at sea'. The Illustrated London News, November 1880

    2 Dec 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail opened at the Museum of the Great Southern today.

    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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    Sharna Craig

  • 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