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  • 23 Aug 2010

    August 24 anniversary of Mt Vesuvius eruption

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii and its neighbour Herculaneum, killing about 2,000 people.

    The blockbuster exhibition A Day in Pompeii at the Western Australian Museum - Perth provides a vivid account of this event and WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said that people booking tickets to see the exhibition tomorrow would be given a free ticket for every one purchased.

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  • 23 Aug 2010

    Collecting marine life in the Kimberley

    Clay Bryce Senior Project Officer, Aquatic Zoology

    Since 1976 the WA Museum has been investigating the marine fauna in the Kimberley creating an immense body of marine biodiversity knowledge for the region. This research has continued to the present day.

    Join Clay Bryce on a journey that will take you from historic biological collecting practices through to today's modern methods. And all this done in the sometimes hair-raising territory of sharks and crocodiles!

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  • Museum of the Great Southern redevelopment

    16 Aug 2010

    Museum of the Great Southern redevelopment

    Through 2010, the Museum of the Great Southern underwent a major refurbishment of its long term exhibitions. The refurbished gallery went live on 1 July 2010.

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  • 13 Aug 2010

    West Australians offered special rate for rare exhibition duo

    In the last two weeks of August a joint ticket deal is being offered for the Western Australian Museum’s A Day in Pompeii and the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s upcoming exhibition event, Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice.

    Joint tickets for the two exhibitions are on sale at a special discounted rate of $30.00 and can be purchased through BOCS Ticketing or at the A Day in Pompeii ticketing desk at the WA Museum.

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  • 13 Aug 2010

    Biodiversity in the 'burbs

    Dr Ric How Senior Curator, Terrestrial Zoology

    Do city dwellers know what's in their backyard, parklands and ponds? What remains of the original native vegetation in expanding urban areas is the last refuge for an amazing diversity of animals that originally lived in the area.

    Join Dr Ric How as he describes our understanding of what fauna remains in suburbia, its biology and its habitat requirements.

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  • 9 Aug 2010

    WA Museum pays tribute to maritime enthusiast

    Geraldton historian Max Cramer was one of the driving forces behind the push for a suitable museum in which to house the relics from early shipwrecks off the Mid West coast.

    WA Museum – Geraldton advisory committee chair Malcolm Smith said Mr Cramer had been keenly interested in maritime history, particularly the history surrounding the Dutch East India Company wrecks in the Geraldton and Abrolhos areas.

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  • 9 Aug 2010

    Cockatoos in crisis

    Ron Johnstone Curator of Ornithology, Terrestrial Zoology

    Baudin's and Carnaby's Cockatoos are listed as endangered, and the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo as threatened. All have suffered a substantial loss of habitat and a decline in numbers. Baudin's Cockatoo faces the paradox of being listed as endangered and declared as an agricultural pest to commercial orchards which is a challenging plight indeed.

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  • 3 Aug 2010

    Seabirds of Western Australia

    Ron Johnstone Curator of Ornithology, Terrestrial Zoology

    Seabirds are great bio-indicators of the marine environment from the equator to the poles. The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean covering 20% of the Earth's surface. Over the past 40 years there have been dynamic changes in the distributions, status and abundance of many of the seabirds occurring in Western Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean region including Indonesia, Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Timor Sea, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic.

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  • 2 Aug 2010

    Historic Samson House to come under National Trust umbrella

    The Western Australian Museum and the National Trust of Australia (WA) have successfully negotiated the transfer of the historic home of Fremantle’s longest serving Mayor, Sir Frederick Samson.

    WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said he was delighted that Samson House was now in the care of the Trust.

    “There are many benefits for Sir Frederick’s former home by placing it with the National Trust of Australia (WA) whose core business is the conservation and interpretation of historic properties,” Mr Coles said.

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    29 Jul 2010

    WA Museum’s new website

    The Western Australian Museum’s new website is now live, giving its world wide audience an vibrant insight into one of Australia’s premier centres of cultural and scientific excellence.
    WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said that 13 years ago the Museum had been among the first of the nation’s cultural institutions to develop a website and the new version was a quantum leap in terms of technology and access.

    “It revolutionises the way the Museum uses online technologies, including visitor access to online services,” Mr Coles said.

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  • 23 Jul 2010

    Nick Cave - the exhibition set-up

    This video shows the WA Museum's exhibition and design installation team setting-up Nick Cave - the exhibition which showed at the Western Australian Museum - Perth from May 23 - July 19 2009. The Victorian Art Centre curated and designed this exhibition. This video is a time lapse recording with one frame taken every 72 seconds over a five day period.

    This film was recorded in late May 2009 by the talented and famous Julian Featherston of Two Feathers.

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  • 22 Jul 2010

    Nick Cave – the exhibition set-up

    This video shows the WA Museum's exhibition and design installation team setting-up Nick Cave - the exhibition which showed at the Western Australian Museum - Perth from May 23 - July 19 2009. The Victorian Art Centre curated and designed this exhibition. This video is a time lapse recording with one frame taken every 72 seconds over a five day period.

    This film was recorded in late May 2009 by the talented and famous Julian Featherston of Two Feathers.

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    15 Jul 2010

    Darwin’s Opera House Barnacle - species of the month

    Calantica darwini Jones & Hosie, 2009

    Described and named only last year, these tiny stalked barnacles are only known from the deep water off the coast of north Western Australia and are easily overlooked due to their small size (<1 cm in height!) and their habit of attaching to the branches of deep sea corals. With a bit of imagination, a cluster of these tiny barnacles resembles the Sydney Opera House, hence their common name.

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  • 15 Jul 2010

    HMAS Ovens - conservation and restoration

    Ahoy there!

    Many of you who have visited the WA Museum – Maritime down at Victoria Quay in Fremantle would have noticed HMAS Ovens sitting proudly on the slipway next to the museum.

    HMAS Ovens is a former Royal Australian Navy Oberon Class submarine. Ovens was laid down by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company at Greenock, Scotland on 17 June 1966, launched on 4 December 1967 by the Viscountess Slim, and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 18 April 1969.

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  • Dugout canoe on the strand line, Jacob’s Beach, Kimberley

    22 Jun 2010

    Ian Crawford – West Kimberley images 1961–1993

    Former staff member Ian Crawford was the Western Australian Museum’s first Curator of Anthropology & Archaeology, appointed in 1961. Between 1961 and 1993 he made 30 fieldtrips to the Kimberley and worked extensively with Aboriginal communities. This gallery documents some of his photography taken during these trips.

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  • Artwork of the HMS Success

    22 Jun 2010

    Marine History Artworks - an introduction

    The following gallery features artworks held in Marine History's Artwork collection, including pieces by George Forsyth, Frank Norton and EJ Miller.

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  • Portrait of Alec Coles

    21 Jun 2010

    WA Museum CEO awarded in Queen's Birthday honours

    The Western Australian Museum’s new chief executive officer Alec Coles has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

    Mr Coles was recognised for his services to museums and in particular his seven and a half years as director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

    As director he was responsible for the £26m (AUD$45m) development of the Great North Museum which included the redevelopment of a major museum site, its extension and the installation of new displays throughout.

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  • 16 Jun 2010

    Our Backyard

    Two local Pilbara students, Anita and Leban, with scientists from the Western Australian Museum, are about to take you on a journey of discovery through the fourty-two islands of the Dampier Archipelago. They will reveal the secrets of their amazing backyard - made up of equal doses of heavy industry and natural wonders!

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  • 16 Jun 2010

    Life on the Edge Down Under

    Today, a busy port servicing gas refineries and mineral-ore processing continues to develop in the Dampier. It provides scientists from the Western Australian Museum with the unique opportunity to observe and document the effects of industry on the surrounding natural habitats and marine wildlife.

    Journey through natural and man-made habitats as the researchers reveal the expected and the unexpected. Looking at both the common and the bizarre, the scientists observe and study wildlife, from sharks to shrimps and worms to whales.

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