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  • Introducing Moridilla fifo

    9 Sep 2016

    Moridilla fifo

    Thanks to all the entrants to the Name this Creature competition. Last month, Dr Nerida Wilson announced the winning name on ABC Radio National’s Off Track program: Moridilla fifo.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1953.

    7 Sep 2016

    Exhibition reveals the truth about Australia’s past adoption practices

    A new exhibition, Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices opens at the Western Australian Museum – Albany on Saturday 10 September 2016.                             

    It brings to light a previously hidden aspect of Australia’s past – forced adoptions –and has offered those affected an opportunity to share their experiences, some for the first time.

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    News
    Jane Rosevear

  • A burial at sea. The Illustrated London News, November 1880. Courtesy State Library of Victoria

    7 Sep 2016

    Rough medicine on the high seas

    Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail will open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on Saturday, 10 September 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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    News
    Jane Rosevear

  • Eendracht interior

    2 Sep 2016

    3D Modelling at the Museum

    The Western Australian Museum has recently uploaded its first virtual 3D model to the gallery platform Sketchfab. Sketchfab is used by a huge variety of organiations, institutions and individuals to"publish, share and embed interactive 3D files".

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Powder scoop from the Batavia

    26 Aug 2016

    WA’s first Dutch connections on display at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre

    An exhibition encompassing the stories of the first recorded European (Dutch) landing in Western Australia at Shark Bay will be on display at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre from 27 August.

    The Accidental Encounters: the Dutch connection exhibition was developed by the Western Australian Museum in preparation for this year’s 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay.

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    Flora Perrella

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

    24 Aug 2016

    Calling all beachcombers – have you seen this sponge?

    Beachcombers, divers, swimmers and anglers are being asked to help the Western Australian Museum find examples of a very rare marine sponge, Agelas axifera, known only to the Champion Bay area in Geraldton.

    The Museum is hoping recent storms in the area might have washed the sponges onto the beach.

    WA Museum Head of Aquatic Zoology Dr Jane Fromont said the species was first described in 1911 from the holotype collected at Champion Bay in 1905 – the only known location of Agelas axifera worldwide.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC DCM, congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit at Seymour, 25 November 1944.

    23 Aug 2016

    Stories about Indigenous Australians at war presented at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week.

    This touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories from all over Australia, including Western Australia.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said it is important to acknowledge Aboriginal men and women who served their country during wars.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Top left – Specimen of Chaeropus ecaudatus from the Australian Museum. Bottom left – Reconstruction of Chaeropus ecaudatus by John Gould. Right – Upper and lower molar of the fossil Pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus baynesi. Scale = 1mm.

    11 Aug 2016

    Discovery of oldest Pig-footed Bandicoot fossils

    A Western Australian Museum-led study has discovered the oldest fossil remains of a new species of Pig-footed Bandicoot that lived in south west New South Wales between 2.5 and 3 million years ago.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Nudibranch is the tiny orange-tipped sausages all over its back

    1 Aug 2016

    Name this Creature

    Here is a unique opportunity to make your mark on Australia’s biological history by ‘naming a creature’ that is new to science. The creature is a nudibranch — a photogenic and flamboyant sea slug which lives in waters off North Western Australia.

    The Western Australian Museum and ABC Radio National’s Off Track program are running a competition to name this species, as part of National Science Week 2016.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • New Museum design

    31 Jul 2016

    Bold new museum links past, present and future

    • Brookfield Multiplex team awarded new Western Australian Museum contract
    • Dramatic concept created by international architects OMA and Hassell
    • Energy-efficient design connects contemporary and heritage buildings
    • Project to support up to 3,300 jobs and strong local content

    Western Australia’s world-class new museum is designed to be a State, national and international drawcard, offering compelling visitor experiences within dramatic architecture that links contemporary and historic buildings.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 13 Jul 2016

    A new species of spider crab in northern Australia

    Spider crabs are members of the superfamily Majoidea. Not your average-looking crab, many of them possess long thin legs (hence their name) and weird body shapes. Majoids are also known as decorator crabs because they camouflage themselves by attaching other organisms, such as seaweeds and sponges, to the spines and hairs on their legs and carapace. One of the largest species of spider crabs found in Australia is from the genus Paranaxia.

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    Blog entry
    Andrew Hosie

  • Extent of the Indian Ocean

    12 Jul 2016

    The Leeuwin Effect – when the Indian Ocean houses Pacific taxa

    Earlier this year, we published a paper that highlighted a number of information gaps in Indo-Pacific phylogeographic studies (Putting the ‘Indo’ back into the Indo-Pacific: resolving marine phylogeographic gaps- Invert. Syst. 30:867-94). One of the things we discussed was the unusual phenomenon of typically Pacific taxa occurring in the north west of Western Australia (WA) – in the Indian Ocean!

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    Blog entry
    Molecular Systematics Unit

  • Fred Saunders

    11 Jul 2016

    Revealing the Museum: Who Am I?

    The Western Australian Museum employs a wide range of people with diverse skill sets, from historians and archaeologists to administrators and designers. Meet some of our wonderful employees below.

    Dr Mikael Siversson 

    Curator of Palaeontology, Earth and Planetary Sciences

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 8 Jul 2016

    Beneath the Waves wins 2016 WA Film Award

    A compelling, online, interactive documentary created by the Western Australian Museum and documentary production company Periscope Pictures, together with interactive experience developers Hungry Sky, has won Best Interactive Production at this week’s prestigious WA Screen Awards.  

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the documentary Beneath the Waves was the culmination of six years of marine biodiversity survey work in the Kimberley and more than a year of digital production design.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • 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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