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  • 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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    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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    Nerida Wilson

  • TITLE SLIDE

    10 Jun 2015

    Museums and Freedom of Speech

    TITLE SLIDE Image copyright WA Museum

    I would like begin by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of this place: I pay my respects to their elders past and present.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Image courtesy of HJ Watson Collection Western Australian Museum

    3 Jun 2015

    Timeline

    1933

    July 8 Construction of HMAS Sydney (II) begins in Newcastle England

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Battle Map - Document

    3 Jun 2015

    Documents

     Documents relating to the location of HMAS Sydney (II).

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    Western Australian Museum

  • HMAS Sydney (II) crew - Portrait of the crew in full uniform after a successful mission in the Mediterranean

    3 Jun 2015

    Crew Photos

     A collection of photographs of the crews and captains of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • HMAS Sydney (II) - Shell exit hole in mild steel plate. Possibly wreckage from A turret

    3 Jun 2015

    Wreck Photos

     Photographs by David Mearns documenting the wreckage of HMAS Sydney (II).

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Photographed by David Mearns, Copyright of Finding Sydney Foundation Ltd

    3 Jun 2015

    The Historic Shipwreck Act

    On 19 November 2008, the 67th anniversary of the battle between HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran, the Honourable Peter Garrett, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts declared the wrecks and their associated relics to be historic shipwrecks, with associated Protected Zones. HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran are the first shipwrecks to be declared historic under the act.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • HMAS Sydney (II) - Port side nil camouflage

    3 Jun 2015

    Vessel Photos

     A collection of images and diagrams of vessels relevant to the history of HMAS Sydney (II), including HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran. 

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  • Photographed by David Mearns, Copyright of Finding Sydney Foundation Ltd

    3 Jun 2015

    The Cole Inquiry

    The Cole Inquiry, and Findings

    Soon after the wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran were found, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC and the Hon. Julia Gillard, announced the formation of a Commonwealth Defence Force Commission of Inquiry (COI). Presided over by the Honorable Terence RH Cole, AO, RFD, QC, this would inquire into and report on the circumstances associated with the loss of the HMAS Sydney (II) and the consequent loss of life.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Image courtesy of West Australian (newspaper) – No Survivors, 50th Anniversery Issue

    3 Jun 2015

    History of HMAS Sydney (II)

    HMAS Sydney (II), a Modified Leander Class Light Cruiser began life as the British Royal Navy’s HMS Phaeton on the 8 July 1933. Purchased by the Australian Government before her 22 September 1934 launch, she was renamed in honour of the Sydney (I), which had successfully destroyed a German Light Cruiser SMS Emden in 1914. Prior to her Australian arrival, she was active in the Mediterranean during the Abyssinian Crisis.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Image courtesy of Battye Library (5545b/7)

    3 Jun 2015

    Battle with the HSK Kormoran

    Sydney's Disappearance

    Departing Victoria Quay, Fremantle on Armistice Day, 11 November 1941, HMAS Sydney (II) was tasked with escorting the troop ship Zealandia for some of its journey to Singapore. With industrial action causing a 13-day delay, the Sydney was relieved by the HMS Durban at Sunda Strait on 17 November, then proceeded back to Fremantle.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Image courtesy of Sea Power Centre – Australia

    3 Jun 2015

    Conspiracies Surrounding HMAS Sydney (II)

    Theories and Early Search

    Theory and speculation was expected in HMAS Sydney (II) case. With its status and the beliefs of the day, most Australians could not accept the German account of its loss. With speculation rife, accusations were soon made at both the Kormoran survivors and Government officials.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Photo courtesy of Geraldton Guardian, photographer Gary Warner

    3 Jun 2015

    Research and Findings on HMAS Sydney (II)

    Searches, Seminars and Findings

    In 1976, under the new Historic Shipwrecks Act, the Western Australian Museum became responsible for the wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran. Reports of the engagement, research, and claims that the wrecks had been found were collated in a file. At 56 volumes this is now the largest of all the Museum’s files.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Photographed by David Mearns, Copyright of Finding Sydney Foundation Ltd

    3 Jun 2015

    Finding HMAS Sydney (II)

    Finding Sydney

    Both David Mearns and the Finding Sydney Foundation (FSF) methodology converged on the need to find HSK Kormoran and then establish the approximate location of HMAS Sydney (II) relative to this site. This reflected the conclusions of the Museum’s 1991 HMAS Sydney (II) seminar.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A gorge surrounded by rocky formations

    27 May 2015

    Birds of the Kimberley

    The Kimberley covers the northern region of Western Australia (WA), and varies greatly in terms of geological, climatic and vegetation features.

    Kimberley landscape Image copyright K. Veness, WA Museum 

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    Western Australian Museum