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  • Loisette Marsh, Barry Wilson and Barry Hutchins. 1970s

    26 Jun 2017

    Vale Barry Wilson

    It was with great sadness that we received news of the recent death of Dr Barry Wilson on 12 June.

    I wish to pay tribute to him and his immense contribution to science, conservation and museums: I am particularly grateful to Diana Jones, who knew him well, for providing much of the information presented here.

    Barry is widely recognised for his enormous contribution to museums and the natural sciences, notably in the discipline of Malacology.

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    Alec Coles

  • Overall winner 'Piercing Headache' by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland shows a frog being bitten by mosquitoes.

    28 Jun 2017

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    The finalists’ and winners’ entries for the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition will go on display at the Museum of the Goldfields this weekend.

    A remarkable image of an orange-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris) won the competition. Piercing Headache by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland captures the male frog being bitten by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Zoe Scott said she hopes the exhibition’s visitors will be inspired by the beauty and intricacy of our natural world.

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    Sharna Craig

  • WA Museum curator Jessica Brainard with her palm on the footprint of a therapod

    22 Jun 2017

    WA’s extraordinary dinosaur coast

    Written in sandstone along Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsula coast is a dinosaur story from deep time.  At low tide, when the sandstone is exposed, an incredible array of dinosaur footprints – left 130 million years ago – is revealed.

    This story captures the imagination and conjures up images of dinosaurs roaming our Earth, stomping along our ancient coast and leaving their tracks.

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    New Museum Project

  • Karen Posing with locals’ on Zambia’s Barotse Plains, near the Angolan border.

    20 Jun 2017

    Museum Week 2017

    Anthropology looks at the social practices that make humans human.

    By analysing social interactions, traditions, cultural habits, and many other aspects of our everyday lives, anthropology increases our understanding of ourselves and each other.

    As part of this year's international Museum Week celebrations, the WA Museum's Anthropology department will be exploring specific Museum Week themes.

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    Department of Anthropology

  • Display from the Encounters exhibition and dinosaur skeletons lit up and on display

    15 Jun 2017

    Innovative exhibition teams to design WA’s stories

    • Freeman Ryan Design (FRD) and Thylacine Design and Project Management awarded exhibition design contracts  
    • Australian exhibition design teams will work with WA Museum staff to develop engaging exhibitions and visitor experiences
    • Exhibition design program developed in parallel with new building

    Western Australia’s extraordinary landscapes, environment and the stories of its people will be translat

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    New Museum Project

  • Regional Aboriginal Consultative Committee, c.1970

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of Geraldton reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, on a percentage basis, Western Australia cast the lowest “yes” vote at 80.9%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Great Southern reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. The “yes” result for Albany, in the division of Forrest, was 84.65%. This was higher than the State result of 80.9% and the 10th highest subdivision nation-wide.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Goldfields reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, Kalgoorlie had the highest divisional “no” vote in the country with 28.1%, and only 71.9% voting “yes”.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    30 May 2017

    New exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. Fremantle had one of Western Australia’s highest “yes” votes at 81.8%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Western Australian Museum

  • 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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    Western Australian Museum

  • 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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    Western Australian Museum

  • 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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    New Museum Project

  • 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