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  • 6 Mar 2018

    World's Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered in Western Australia

     

    The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast.

    The message is dated 12 June 1886 and was jettisoned from the German sailing barque 'Paula' as part of a long-term German oceanographic experiment to better understand global ocean currents and find faster, more efficient shipping routes.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Cone shaped flower with red prongs with yellow tips in a bushland.

    20 Apr 2018

    Call out for Artists – Community Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural

    Community Art Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural Request for Proposal

    The New Museum Project seeks to engage an artist to create a mural of banksia woodland habitat with a community of young people/children. The mural will be a component of an activated community space in the Life gallery of the New Museum when it opens 2020.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

  • Rusty skink (Eremiascincus rubiginosus) Image copyright Ryan Ellis/WA Museum

    13 Apr 2018

    Fresh lizard species out of Western Australia

    Four new species from the Kimberley and Pilbara have been described by teams led by Dr Paul Doughty, our WA Museum Herpetology Curator (reptiles and amphibians).

    Three new gecko species of the genus Gehyra from the Kimberley region (and one from the Northern territory) were discovered through the workDetailed genetic analyses were conducted at the Australian National University (ANU), led by Professor Craig Moritz and a morphological study of specimens was carried out at the WA Museum led by Dr Doughty.

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    Blog entry
    Rebecca Bray

  • Botanical category finalist ‘Albany pitcher plant’ by Bill McClurg of Western Australia.

    12 Apr 2018

    Remarkable images of nature on show at Museum of the Great Southern

    The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now on display at the Museum of the Great Southern.

    It includes a visually striking image of a crowd of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory Maori octopus (Octopus maorum), which is the overall winner of the annual competition run by the South Australian Museum.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Mimic sea slug, Chromodoris colemani

    5 Apr 2018

    Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered

    A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.

    Chromodoris nudibranchs or sea slugs occur across the Indo-Pacific and are very brightly coloured, with their colour patterns traditionally used to differentiate between species.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Surprising Stories

    When researching stories for the New Museum, sometimes they take a turn and we are led down a surprising, new path.

    This was the case when Xavier Leenders Culture and Communities researcher met with Perth local Marjorie Keller-Tun to explore a collection of objects from her birthplace of Burma (Mynamar) and talk about out why she moved to Western Australia in the 1980s.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

  • Harmony Week dish

    29 Mar 2018

    Harmony Week

    Food is one way that culture is expressed. What we cook and eat and how we learn to cook is connected to our identity, culture and our family’s stories. This can change over time, through generations and when people relocate to a new place and traditions and stories may be lost.  Sharing food and recipes with friends and family is one way to keep stories alive and to connect with culture.

    For Harmony Week our staff celebrated with a lunch, where we brought in food that is meaningful to us.

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Sharing knowledge and collections

    The Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunambul Gaambera cultural groups are the Traditional Owners of the Dambimangari region – the coastal and hinterland area between Robinson and Prince Regent rivers in the Kimberley.

    Pete O’Connor, Rona Charles, Ernest Nulgit, Leah Umbagai and Kate Breckon recently came to the Museum’s Collections and Research Centre to see the collection and share their knowledge relating to objects from the Dambimangari region for the New Museum.

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Contemporary display of historic banner

    We are looking at historical and contemporary stories from diverse communities around WA in the Voices gallery. The Chung Wah Association is one of the community organisations we’re shining a light on, as Perth’s longest running cultural organisation. The association was established in July 1909 as the official organisation representing the Chinese community in Western Australia. 

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • 29 Mar 2018

    New Museum Reaches New Heights

    Over the last month the lift core, which will take visitors from the main foyer to the upper levels, has progressed dramatically.  The walls and floors of the ground floor and first storey are built, and the floors of the second storey are under construction.

    Image courtesy of Multiplex

     

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    New Museum Project

  • Children dressed up as pirates with one of the characters from Horrible Histories

    23 Mar 2018

    WA’s pirate history revealed in a new exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

    Western Australia’s little-known pirate past comes alive in a new exhibition opening at the WA Maritime Museum tomorrow (24 March).

    Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition features Australia’s worst pirate, John “Black Jack” Anderson, who terrorised ships off WA’s south coast.

    “Black Jack Anderson was an American who arrived in WA on a whaling ship in 1826 and lived on Middle Island, off the coast near Esperance,” said WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • Four new cockle species (top and bottom on the far left: both sides of Pratulum occidentale; middle, larger speckled shell: Acrosterigma extremattenuatum; top-right: both sides of Microcardium scabrosum; bottom right: Ctenocardia pilbaraensis).

    7 Mar 2018

    International team finds new cockle species and puts others on the Australian map for the first time

    Decades of extensive biological surveys and taxonomic work have revealed four new cockle species, 16 that were previously not known to exist in Western Australian waters, and 14 others being recorded around Australia for the first time.

    The research was conducted by an international team of scientists, led by Dutch malacologist Dr Jan Johan ter Poorten, and included Western Australian Museum Curator of Molluscs Dr Lisa Kirkendale and French malacologist Dr Jean-Maurice Poutiers.

    Dr Kirkendale said the team’s work focused on cockles of WA and northern tropical Australia.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • "A woman is carefully explaining a Museum object to another woman at an exhibition."

    7 Mar 2018

    International Women's Day 2018

    The Western Australian Museum is made up of various research departments, billions of years of history, and millions of objects.

    Working behind-the-scenes are people from all walks of life. Among our dedicated staff are passionate women who have helped to not only shape the Museum, but also our understanding of Western Australia and the world.

    This International Women's Day focuses on challenging global gender disparities. We look at the stereotypes, role models, and challenges that girls and women may face during their education and careers.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Shell-string by Dulcie Greeno, made of stripy buttons, marina and rice shells in Launceston 2016

    6 Mar 2018

    Traditional shell-stringing exhibition coming to Museum of the Goldfields

    The Museum of the Goldfields is proud to host a national touring exhibition about shell-stringing; one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s culturally significant and closely guarded traditions.

    kanalaritja: An Unbroken String from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) features a variety of beautiful, delicate and rare shell necklaces, created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, as well as a new wave of modern stringers.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • "The bottle is half submerged in sand in the foreground, with crashing waves in the background."

    6 Mar 2018

    132 year old message in a bottle found on WA beach

     

    The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast.

    Until now, the previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days between jettison and discovery.

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    News
    Mara Pritchard

  • "Three people at a boardroom table smile for the camera while one signs a document."

    22 Feb 2018

    Yawuru Voices in the New Museum

    The WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining a commitment to engage with Aboriginal peoples from Broome, and identify ways local stories could be shared in the New Museum.

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    Article
    New Museum Project