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  • Premier McGowan bending with a ceremonial shovel and Minister Templeman standing to his left.  They are turning sod by digging the soil at the site of the New Museum.  Both are wearing fluro yellow vests and hard hats.

    22 May 2017

    Ground breaking ceremony at New Museum site

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today turned the first sod at the site of the New Museum before the dramatic removal of the former foyer.

    The ceremony marks a significant milestone for the New Museum Project ahead of major construction works, scheduled for mid-2017.

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  • Aboriginal Advancement Council banner ‘Let Us Advance Together!” at the Labour Day procession, Perth 1966

    27 May 2017

    Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

    On 27 May 1967, Australia voted to change its Constitution.

    The passing of this referendum enabled Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth laws, rather than just state laws.

    90.77% of Australians voted 'Yes', the largest ever affirmative vote in Australian referendum history.

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  • Yidumduma Bill Harney’s Bush School, 2007

    26 May 2017

    An ancient culture kept alive through art

    A new exhibition that brings to life one man’s remarkable journey to share his people’s culture with the world is going on display at the Museum of the Great Southern next weekend.

    Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor is a travelling exhibition from Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and celebrates the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney.

    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said Yidumduma Bill Harney is a Wardaman Elder, whose country lies south-east of present-day Katherine in the Northern Territory.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Sea of hands created for National Sorry Day

    25 May 2017

    National Sorry Day 2017

    This year’s National Sorry Day on the 26th May 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the handing down of the Bringing Them Home Report, which was a report of the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families.

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  • Xenoturbella churro

    23 May 2017

    WA Museum discovery makes Top 10 New Species list

    A marine worm that looked so much like a delicious fried pastry that it was named after one by a research scientist at the Western Australian Museum, has been named as one of the Top 10 New Species for 2017.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Voyages to the Deep, Jules Verne, Captain Nemo, Nautilus, Jules Verne

    23 May 2017

    Children to plunge into a Voyage to the Deep at the WA Maritime Museum

    Children are invited to release their inner aquanaut and explore the mysteries of the deep in an exciting new adventure-land Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures opening at the WA Maritime Museum on 27 May.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Voyage to the Deep exhibition is on tour from the Australian National Maritime Museum and is based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 23 May 2017

    The Next Stage of the Journey

    Yesterday, I was delighted to join Premier Mark McGowan, Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman, members of the WA Museum’s Board of Trustees and Governors of its Foundation at the site of the New Museum for the turning of the first sod.

    This ceremony is an important event in construction projects and marks the start of significant works at the site. For the New Museum project it signals the demolition of non-heritage elements ahead of major construction works, which will start later this year.

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    Alec Coles

  • Curtin IS alumni tour group, with Bobbie Bruce centre

    22 May 2017

    Curtin University Information Studies Alumni event

    The Curtin University Information Studies Alumni visited the Western Australian Museum Library and Rare Book collection on Thursday 4 May 2017.

    The event was organised by the Alumni Association so that the Museum’s Rare Book collection could be showcased to members of the Alumni.

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  • Axe (kodj). Wood, stone, resin. King George Sound, Albany, c. 1830s OC.4768

    16 May 2017

    Western Australian Museum wins two MAGNA Awards

    The Western Australian Museum has won two prestigious awards at the Museums and Galleries National Awards 2017 (MAGNA) held in Brisbane last night, for two outstanding exhibitions developed and co-curated by the Museum.

    The two exhibitions are Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja (Returning to Mokare's Home Country), which won the award for Indigenous Project or Keeping Place (Level 2); and Lustre: Pearling & Australia, which won the award for Temporary or Travelling Exhibition (Level 3).

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    Flora Perrella

  • Glad Hansen

    11 May 2017

    Glad Hansen - VolunteeringWA Finalist for 2017!

    Glad Hansen is 92 years young. She has been volunteering at the Western Australian Museum in the Aquatic Zoology Department working with molluscs (shells) for over 52 years.

    Glad has been passionate about marine snails (gastropods) since she started collecting beach shells with her young children. Glad began volunteering in 1965, as that was the year the Shell Club of Western Australia was formed. She went to the first meeting and her late husband happened to sit next to the then Curator of Molluscs, Dr. Barry Wilson, and her husband dobbed her in!

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  • Man dressed up as dilert (blue-tongued skink)

    11 May 2017

    Nyoongar stories brought to life

    Western Australian Museum visitors will be taken on a wild adventure by contemporary Aboriginal theatre performances when Boodjar Kaatijin tours regional Western Australia.

    The shows, written by Ian Wilkes and performed by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, incorporate storytelling, puppetry and glow in the dark elements to tell traditional legends about how the land was created.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum has had a co-production partnership with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company since 2012.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Jessica Brainard

    9 May 2017

    Homeward Bound to Antarctica

    In February 2018 a group of 80 women, chosen from around the world, will set sail for Antarctica to share their knowledge, leadership skills and vision for addressing gender equity in science, and tackling critical environmental conservation issues including climate change.

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  • 8 May 2017

    I Am Heath Ledger documentary prelude to October exhibition

    The extraordinary I Am Heath Ledger documentary premieres in Perth on 9 May at Luna Palace Cinema in Leederville, preluding the much anticipated exhibition about the life of the internationally renowned Perth-born star, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures.

    The world premiere of the documentary was held at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month, drawing worldwide acclaim and attention.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Alec Coles, Western Australian Museum CEO

    28 Apr 2017

    WAM CEO a finalist in Western Australian of the Year Awards

    WA Museum CEO, Alec Coles OBE has been announced as a finalist for the Western Australian of the Year 2017 Arts & Culture Award.

    As CEO of the WA Museum since 2010, Alec is committed to delivering a vibrant, excellent museum service that is owned, valued and used by all Western Australians and admired by the world. He is responsible for overseeing the ground-breaking scientific and cultural research of the Museum, as well as its extensive public program, exhibition and events calendar across seven dedicated sites.

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  • Patrick photographing in 3D the wreck of SS Xantho

    28 Apr 2017

    Patrick Baker

    Patrick Baker’s work can be found throughout Western Australian Museum publications, exhibitions, websites, and archives. His 48 years as a specialist photographer and his participation in over 70 marine expeditions has enormously contributed to the field of maritime archaeology.

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    Emily Carroll

  • Roscoe playing his bugle at Blackboy Hill Camp. Dated 9-9-14

    25 Apr 2017

    Roscoe's Bugle

    The Gallipoli campaign is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by Australian soldiers during World War One. This battle helped to forge a national identity.

    Approximately 1023 Western Australians were killed during, or as a result of, the battle that began with the beach landing on Turkish shores on the 25 April 1915, and ended with the final evacuation on the 20 December 1915.

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    Emily Carroll

  • Duckbilled Clingfish specimens

    24 Apr 2017

    New clingfish discovery shows value of museum collections

    A new genus and species of clingfish has been discovered on the shelves of the Western Australian Museum’s Harry Butler Research Centre.

    Western Australian Museum Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore discovered the new clingfish with fellow researcher Dr Kevin Conway from Texas A&M University.

    “We came across two specimens of clingfish that had similar characteristics, yet unmistakably different from the other 160 known clingfishes,” Dr Moore said.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 16 Apr 2017

    From the Collections: Easter Postcard

    H1995.266 - POSTCARD, Easter Day

    This card is one of a collection of 37 Christmas, Easter, birthday and tourist postcards, most of them addressed to Miss Olive Jones between 1911 and 1920. The cards are part of the History Collection at the Western Australian Museum.

    The card appears to read,

    Dear Friend Just a line to say I am at Bunbury and feeling well and I hope this finds you all well. I will be coming home on Monday, with love and best wishes from your friend Mrs Jessie St xxxx

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    Emily Carroll

  • A bilby sniffing around a tree

    15 Apr 2017

    The Bilby

    Macrotis lagotis

    This grey to cream furred marsupial has a long, pointed nose, large ears, and a half black, half white tail. A male of the species can weigh up to 2.5 kilograms.

    As a nocturnal animal, the Bilby spends the night foraging for insects, seeds, bulbs, fruit, and fungi.

    During the day, a bilby will retreat to a burrow that may be up to three metres long, often constructed beneath a shrub, termite mound or spinifex tussock.

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