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  • Nugget the teddy bear floating above the curvature of the Earth

    12 Jun 2018

    Stratosphere success! ‘Nugget’ flies high to support STEM learning

    The Museum of the Goldfields has successfully launched a teddy bear called Nugget 37 kilometres above the Earth, into the Stratosphere.

    Equipped with a video camera and GPS, Nugget made the ascent on WA Day attached to a high-altitude balloon.

    Strong high-altitude winds blew Nugget about 300km from Kalgoorlie and the teddy bear landed in rough terrain.

    Volunteers from the Eastern Goldfields 4WD Club set off on the weekend to recover the teddy bear. The GPS’s last ping was used to determine the search area and a drone confirmed Nugget’s location.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Nicola and Andrew Forrest standing side-by-side

    11 Jun 2018

    WA Museum confers highest honour on Andrew and Nicola Forrest

    • Fellowships awarded to Andrew and Nicola Forrest recognise their outstanding personal commitment to the work of the Western Australian Museum
    • Nicola Forrest will be the first female Fellow in the Museum’s 127-year history
    • A new grants program, the Minderoo Fund, will offer $25,000 a year for key Museum projects

    The Western Australian Museum has awarded its highest honour to philanthropists Andrew and Nicola Forrest for their committed leadership and financial support of the Western Australian Museum over ma

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    Sharna Craig

  • Western Australian Museum Maritime Archaeologist Michael ‘Mack’ McCarthy inspecting the wreck underwater at 7 Mile Beach

    6 Jun 2018

    Help needed to identify wreck at Dongara beach

    The Western Australian Museum would like the public’s assistance to identify a recently discovered shipwreck about 20 metres offshore at 7 Mile Beach in Dongara.

    Regular visitor to the area Aletta Bussenschutt discovered the wreck at a depth of about three metres while recreational diving, and reported the find to the WA Museum.

    “I had snorkeled many times at 7 Mile Beach and I was lucky enough to have found the wreck due to the recent swells which had moved the benthic sand,” Ms Bussenschutt said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Italian prisoners of war carrying their their luggage wait to board a train bound for an Australian camp in 1943

    31 May 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Friday 1 June at Museum of the Goldfields.

    The touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 30 May 2018

    Volunteers Helping to Shape the New Museum

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we have a story area that looks at the way Western Australians like to relax and be entertained. And for Perth, no entertainment story would be complete without a focus on Northbridge.

    To help us develop this story, one of the Museum’s wonderful volunteers explored aspects of the history of the area, from the early twentieth century to today.

    Josh joined our History Department volunteer team after completing a student placement for his Masters of Heritage Studies at the University of Western Australia.

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    New Museum Project

  • "A group of workers stop of a break on top of a railway line."

    30 May 2018

    World Record History

    Marani Greatorex is a cadet with the WA Museum. She worked on the World Track Laying Record exhibition, engaging with community members to record and share their story.

    She writes about the project and how it’s being developed for the New Museum.

    World Record History:

    On May 8, 1968 a track laying crew involving mostly Torres Strait Islander workers broke the world record for laying the greatest length of railway in a single day.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

  • "People in yellow high visibility jackets stand around a blue scissor lift."

    30 May 2018

    Structure of the First Gallery Complete

    One of the first gallery spaces visitors will experience when they visit the New Museum in 2020 is Continuous Cultures. It will include cultural collections and contemporary stories shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around our State.

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    New Museum Project

  • 24 May 2018

    Don’t Keep History a Mystery - National Reconciliation Week

    This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.

    It is a time for all Australians to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. By doing this we can share our knowledge so we can grow as a nation.

    This year's theme, Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow., encourages us to look for the history hidden just beneath the surface, waiting to be uncovered.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • 18 May 2018

    Describing Fauna Before they are Lost Forever

    It is sometimes hard to comprehend just how biodiverse the planet is.

    Despite almost 300 years of progress describing the animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms, there are estimated to be over 9 million undescribed species, which is almost five times the number of described species.

    This is a huge problem for conservation, as undescribed taxa are at risk of being overlooked when shaping management strategies. Sadly, many species will go extinct before science ever discovers, describes, and protects them.

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    Article
    Joel Huey

  • 10 May 2018

    International Museum Day - Hyperconnected Museums

    We may be biased, but we think museums play a pretty important role within our communities—and we are not alone.

    Every year the worldwide network of museums come together to spread awareness on how museums share knowledge and promote understanding through our communities.

    This year’s theme is Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics. Our objects, stories, and research have always helped people connect with themselves and others. Now with advancements in digital technology we are able to create even more of these connections.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • Gehyra pseudopunctata

    9 May 2018

    Five new species of lizards discovered in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Northern Territory

    Five new species of lizards from the Kimberley, Pilbara, and Northern Territory were recently described by a scientific team led by Western Australian Museum curator of herpetology Dr Paul Doughty.

    Dr Doughty said the descriptions include three new gecko species of the genus Gehyra, from the north-west Kimberley region: the Southern Spotted Gecko (Gehyra pseudopunctata); the Kimberley Granular-toed Gecko (Gehyra granulum); the Northern Kimberley Gecko (Gehyra pluraporosa).

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c. 1995, Itara: River Red Gum. Art carved on wood.

    9 May 2018

    Traditional art meets modern technology

    An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture through intricate carvings and artefacts will go on display at the Museum of the Great Southern this week.

    Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

    Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said Punuku Tjukurpa, presented by Artback NT, showcases a rich cultural history.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • photo of live specimen

    7 May 2018

    Unreliable colour patterns in seaslugs

    As part of the Net Conservation Benefits Fund project, we have discovered 18 new species of Chromodoris nudibranch sea slugs. In our paper (Flexible colour patterns obscure identification and mimicry in Indo-Pacific Chromodoris nudibranchs; Mol. Phylo. Evol. 124, 27-36) we show that many of these new species have very similar colour patterns to already described species, which can be confusing when trying to identify species. This finding suggests that these colour patterns are not very reliable.

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    Blog entry
    Joel Huey

  • Sonar image of large iron wreck

    3 May 2018

    19th Century shipwrecks found during search for MH370

    Two shipwrecks discovered 2,300km off the coast of Western Australia during the initial search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been identified as 19th Century merchant sailing vessels carrying cargoes of coal.

    The sites provide tangible archaeological evidence for use of the historic Roaring 40s trade route for ships between Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. 

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • "100 year old flag with red cross symbol."

    30 Apr 2018

    From the Shores of Gallipoli to the New Museum

    In 2014, as Australia prepared for the Centenary of Service of the First World War, local historian Wendy Lugg made a remarkable discovery that started a campaign to bring this Red Cross Flag home to Western Australia.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

  • "Chapel with religious cross and alter with yellow and white fabric within a stone building."

    30 Apr 2018

    Heritage Trail Drawing Tourists to Regional WA

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we’re looking at how regional Western Australia has changed over time and the creative ways communities are sustaining their local economy. 

    Mullewa is a farming community in the heart of the Mid-West located an hour's drive east from Geraldton.  The surrounding areas farm wheat and cereal and the town is a central location for processing and distributing grains.  It is also a great location to see Western Australia’s spectacular wildflowers.

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    Article
    New Museum Project

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