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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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  • Battle Map - Document

    3 Jun 2015

    Documents

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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