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  • A person holding a pair of hand shears which are partially wrapped in wool.

    9 Dec 2015

    William Joseph Jordon's Hand Shears

    A short video of Western Australian Museum History Curator Joanne Hyland describing the story surrounding a pair of hand shears belonging to William Joseph Jordon. These hand shears have been displayed in the Land and People Gallery, Hackett Hall, Western Australian Museum - Perth, and will be decanted as part of the New Museum Project. 

    Click here to find out more. 

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    Video
    Western Australian Museum

  • Hackett Hall - view of room from a balcony

    26 Nov 2015

    Hackett Hall

    Hackett Hall, located in the Western Australian Museum - Perth, is a stunning room with a long and fascinating history. To find out more about Hackett Hall, visit the New Museum Project website.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Person sitting at a desk writing, behind a box filled with arrows.

    12 Nov 2015

    Making a Box: in conclusion

    The following article was written by Xavier Leenders, Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the Western Australian Museum.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • A red-tailed phascogale at Perth Zoo.

    6 Nov 2015

    Red-tailed Phascogale

    DPAW’s Threatened Fauna: An Overview – Red-tailed Phascogale

    Phascogale calura

    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, 44 mammals are listed as “fauna that is rare or likely to become extinct.” This includes the Red-tailed Phascogale, or Kenngoor.

    The Red-tailed Phascogale was once widely distributed across the Australian mainland, but is now thought to only survive in small areas across south-west Western Australia.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Akira Isogawa with his collection

    3 Nov 2015

    2015 Banshu-Ori

    Last week, Akira Isogawa came to the Western Australian - Perth to see the 2015 Banshu-Ori exhibition. This is a photo gallery of his visit and of the exhibition. You can see the news release here, in case you missed it! 

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • 30 Oct 2015

    Making a Box

    A short film of assistant curator, Anthropology Xavier Leenders making a box in the Anthropology and Archaeology Department Laboratory. The box was made to store arrows. 

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    Video
    Western Australian Museum

  • Sheridans Badges sign outside reception door

    16 Oct 2015

    Sheridans Badges

    The WA Museum works with Sheridans Badges

    In July this year, the Western Australian Museum’s History Department began work with one of Western Australia’s longest running family businesses, Sheridans Badges, to acquire some of their historical items for the collection. Sheridan’s have generously donated several hundred items. The acquisition process will take several months, as Museum staff research, describe, measure, photograph, and pack each object individually.

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • Image of a webpage heading with animals images

    9 Oct 2015

    Are you a Western Adventurer?

    Did you know that the Western Blue Groper is capable of changing its gender?

    Or that the Australian Sea Lion feeds on cephalopods?

    If you didn’t, then you should check out the Western Australian Museum’s Western Adventurer.

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    Blog entry
    Western Australian Museum

  • Cuesta Palmarito some full striped figures, red with hair

    7 Oct 2015

    Rock Art in Mexico

    Report on Ian MacLeod’s rock art conservation program and site visits in Mexico.

    During a recent period of annual leave Dr MacLeod gave a customised 4 day rock art conservation and microclimate management course at the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación (CNCPC) centre in Mexico City.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Ganguroo robustiter fossil

    2 Oct 2015

    Kangaroo Evolution: New fossil discovery

    An exciting discovery, made nearly 400 kilometres by road north of Mount Isa, Queensland, has added a new leaf to the Macropod family tree.

    Western Australian Museum Mammal Curator Dr Kenny Travouillon, with Professor Mike Archer, Dr Bernard Cooke and Associate Professor Suzanne Hand, have worked together to compile a paper which aims to describe this new discovery – fossil fragments of the ancient Ganguroo robustiter.

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    Photo Galleries
    Western Australian Museum

  • Image of a panel showing a Pearl Oyster shell on the ocean floor

    25 Sep 2015

    Have you discovered Lustre?

    The Western Australian Museum’s unique exhibition, Lustre: Pearling & Australia, will be displayed at the Maritime Museum until the October 25, so you still have plenty of time to head down to Fremantle and discover the story of pearls and pearling throughout history, with a focus on Western Australia.

    Pearling was one of the first industries to be established in Australia, and involved a diverse group of cultures, including Aboriginal, Asian and European peoples.

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    Blog entry
    Western Australian Museum

  • Colourful bird in flight

    18 Sep 2015

    Last Migration: The Story of the Red Knot

    On 4 March 2015, Grant Lodge found a recently dead shorebird on a beach near Broome. The bird had a number of coloured leg flags and bands, which identified the bird as being part of a scientific data collection system.  Mr Lodge preserved the specimen and contacted Ron Johnstone, the Curator of Ornithology at the Western Australia Museum. On its arrival at the museum, the specimen was prepared into a research study skin (registered number A39016) and was identified as a Red Knot (Calidris canutus piersmai).

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    Article
    Tara Sidebottom

  • #FaveObject @WAMuseum

    17 Sep 2015

    The WA Museum is changing – come celebrate what you love! #faveobjects

    The Western Australian Museum is entering the most exciting phase of its 124-year history with the creation of a New Museum at the Perth Cultural Centre. 

    To prepare for building work next year, the objects currently on display at the Museum’s Perth site will need to move to safe storage at the Museum’s Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool.

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    Article
    Danny Murphy

  • Two World War I soldiers posing for a photograph

    16 Sep 2015

    Remember Me - On Tour

    Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt is travelling the regions, and can currently be viewed at the Western Australian Museum – Albany, until 29 November 2015. Following this, the exhibition will head north to the WA Museum’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Geraldton sites.  

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • A silver coloured fish specimen

    9 Sep 2015

    From collecting to identification

    Curators at the Western Australian Museum are regularly involved in scientific projects that aim to increase our understanding of Western Australian biodiversity and biogeography. In this podcast Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore explains the methods used to identify fishes.

    Please Note: Podcast was recorded early 2014.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Nautilus Shell – Nautilus repertus shell

    3 Jul 2015

    X-Ray Prints

    Are you a Tiger Snout Seahorse enthusiast? Are you searching for a unique gift for a Silver Arowana lover? From sharks to shells, Western Australian Museum Prints has an array of x-ray images that you can choose to feature on canvas, phone covers, mouse mats and much more.

    All prints are high quality images that have been x-rayed for the Western Australian Museum x-ray collection, allowing you to see inside your favourite critter in great detail. 

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    Photo Galleries
    Danny Murphy

  • Image of the skeletal structure of a fish

    30 Jun 2015

    Collecting and identifying fish

    Curators at the Western Australian Museum are regularly involved in scientific projects that aim to increase our understanding of Western Australian biodiversity and biogeography. In this podcast Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore explains the methods used to collect fishes in order to survey as much of the biodiversity as possible, and his approach to identifying species.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Picture of Myzostome parasite, from crinoid host.

    22 Jun 2015

    Parasites are fun!

    Although most people will cringe when they think of having parasites inside them but as a biologist, I am fascinated by these tiny (and not so tiny) hangers-on. On our recent trip to the Montebello Islands, we came across some amazing animals.

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    Blog entry
    Nerida Wilson

  • Scientists processing specimens on back of boat

    17 Jun 2015

    Always take the weather with you

    This would have been good advice for the marine field trip we organised in April this year, to collect specimens for our Pilbara Conservation Systematics project. Initially we thought we'd managed to dodge the bad stuff. Our trip started only weeks after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Olwyn went through Exmouth as a Category 3, the starting point for our expedition. But only a few days into our two-week trip, an unseasonal patch of weather had us hiding at anchor at the Montebello Islands. 

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    Blog entry
    Nerida Wilson