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  • 18 May 2020

    International Museum Day

    ‘It is knowing that I am using the same techniques my ancestors have used for thousands of years that makes this so powerful.

    ‘Balga resin was a prized trading commodity and resource used by the Noongar people.

    ‘Resin is applied to strengthen pegs on spear-throwers and fix stone tools to wooden handles, creating objects like the kodj axe and taap knife which are unique to the south west.

    ‘The best resin mix combines balga resin, charcoal and organic material like grass or kangaroo poo.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 13 May 2020

    International Day for Biological Diversity

    To celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, we’re giving you the chance to win this tote bag featuring the beautiful Ruby seadragon.

    The International Day for Biological Diversity is a time to re-connect to our natural world and work together to build a future of life in harmony with nature.  

    Identify and win

    To win a tote bag all you have to do is tap into your inner taxonomist identify this animal:

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    First name: * Animal answer: * Contact number: * Conditions of entry Museums and Taxonomy

    Taxonomy is the science of describing, naming and classifying organisms.

    Museum collections play a vital role in taxonomy and the description of new species adding to our knowledge of biodiversity.

    A Ruby seadragon specimen that was held in the WA Museum’s collection for almost 100 years was critical in providing information necessary to prove the discovery of a new species.

    Links ⤴ Meet Ruby WA's new seadragon ⤴ Its not the science of tax and five other things you should know about taxonomy ⤴ Keeping Date Taxonomy Western Australia ⤴ Taxonomy Australia

    Conditions of entry: Employees of the Western Australian Museum and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the competition. One entry per IP address. Entrants need to be over 18. The competition commences on 18 May 2020 and closes on 26 May 2020. Entries will be accepted from 5 December 2019 through to midnight on 5 February 2020. Entrants must provide contact information so that the winner can be contacted to redeem their prize. This information will not be used for any other purposes. The winners will be selected using the Excel Random Number Generator. The Western Australian Museum will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever for personal injury suffered or sustained, in connection with the promotion, the use of the prize or any act or omission of the promoter, their respective agents, employees and contractors. #main{ float: none; margin: 0 auto; width: 100%; } .breadcrumb { display:none } figure{ display:none;} .pagearea{ padding: 0; max-width: 100%; } .wrapper { width: 100%; height: 55vh; overflow: hidden; /* align-items: center; */ display: flex; object-fit: contain; /* object-fit: scale-down; */ text-align: center; background: #fb1a2e; } .subsite-top { max-width:100%; margin-bottom:1rem; } .wrapper img { object-fit:contain; } .full { width: 100vw; display: flex; margin: auto; max-height: 66vh; margin-bottom:1.5rem; } .img1{ object-fit: contain; object-position: right; width: 50%; padding: 0.5rem; } .img2{ object-fit: contain; object-position: left; width: 50%; padding: 0.5rem; } .body-copy{ max-width:750px; padding: 0 1rem; margin:0 auto; } .main .form-submit{ background: #E30000; width: 100%; font-size: 1.5rem; } article ul { list-style: none; line-height: 1.6em; margin: 0; font-size: 1.3333rem; } article ol{ margin:0 } article li a { border-bottom: 1px solid #E73B3B } .wam-date-name { font-size: 0.9em; text-align: center; color: #E73B3B; } strong{ color: #E73B3B; } p { font-size:18px; color:black; } h1 { text-align:center; padding-bottom: 0px; max-width: 1200px; margin: auto !important; } .messages { max-width: 960px; margin: auto; top: 0; right: 0; width: 100%; text-align: center; position: fixed; left: 50%; transform: translate(-50%); background: #E30000; color: white; border: none; padding: 2rem; } .messages h4{ color:white; } .messages p{ color:white; } /* Perfect Fourth - 1.333 Medium size screens */ @media only screen and (min-width: 700px) { h1, h2, h3, h4 { margin: 1.414em 0 0.5em; color:black; line-height: 1; } h1 { margin-top: 1.5rem; font-size: 3.157em; } h2 { font-size: 2.369em; } h3 { font-size: 1.777em; } h4 { font-size: 1.333em; } small, .font_small { font-size: 0.75em; } } /* Perfect fifth 1.5 Desktop and large devices */ @media only screen and (min-width: 1200px) { h1, h2, h3, h4 { margin: 1.414em 0 0.5em; line-height: 1.2; } h1 { margin-top: 0; font-size: 5.063em; } h2 { font-size: 3.375em; } h3 { font-size: 2.25em; } h4 { font-size: 1.5em; } small, .font_small { font-size: 0.667em; } } /* Golden Ratio 1.618 - Large screens */ @media only screen and (min-width: 1900px) { h1, h2, h3, h4 { margin: 1.414em 0 0.5em; line-height: 1.2; } h1 { margin-top: 0; font-size: 6.854em; } h2 { font-size: 4.236em; } h3 { font-size: 2.618em; } h4 { font-size: 1.618em; } small, .font_small { font-size: 0.618em; } } @media only screen and (max-width: 480px) { html { font-size: 100%; } } h2{ margin-bottom:0.5rem; }

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    Scott Bamford

  • 4 May 2020

    Chinese in Albany | Distant Discoveries

    This episode of Malcolm Traill's 'Curatorials' looks at the influence of the Chinese in Albany and throughout Western Australia, from their first arrival in Sydney over 200 years ago to the present day. They were miners, gardeners, laundrymen and furniture makers - and were valued members of the Albany community too.

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    Ruben Wills

  • 24 Apr 2020

    Anzac Day 2020

    How will you honour our veterans and service men and women this Anzac Day?

    COVID-19 means that this year there’ll be no traditional Dawn Service gatherings, no march of veterans through our streets. But we can keep the Anzac spirit alive as we honour our veterans and service members from the safety of our own homes.

    Here at the Western Australian Museum we’d love you to share your salute to this very different Anzac Day at home.

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    Video
    Katherine Jeffries

  • 17 Apr 2020

    Albany in the 1920s | Distant Discoveries

    This episode of Malcolm Traill's 'Curatorials' looks at the 1920s, a decade of heightened optimism in Albany after the trauma of World War One. Learn about tourism ventures, a new newspaper and the opening of the Albany Woollen Mills — from the Museum of the Great Southern. 

    Click on the 'CC' icon (bottom left) for Closed Captions. 

     

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • 16 Apr 2020

    Australia II – Distant Discoveries

    Learn the incredible story of one of Australia's greatest sporting triumphs which sent the country in pandemonium! At 5.21pm on 26 September 1983, off the coast of Rhode Island, the yacht Australia II crossed the finish line to win the America’s Cup. 

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  • 14 Mar 2020

    COVID-19

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    As part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia are closed in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19.

    This includes the WA Maritime Museum, WA Shipwrecks Museum, Museum of the Goldfields, Museum of the Great Southern, Museum of Geraldton and Gwoonwardu Mia.

    We continue to provide services online - visit us at www.museum.wa.gov.au

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

    Thank you

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  • Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway

    5 Mar 2020

    WA’s own Whale Super Highway

    One of the greatest animal migrations on the planet takes place along the Western Australian coast every year. From the Kimberley’s Camden Sound to the freezing waters of Antarctica, this 6,500km route is taken by some of the largest animals on Earth, Humpback Whales.

    The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing this extraordinary migration in a superb immersive film experience, Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway. This 180-degree cinematic adventure takes a stunning look at the life of these gentle giants as they make their journey.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • RV Falkor

    4 Mar 2020

    Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    The unique creatures of the Ningaloo Canyons will be studied and catalogued by researchers from the Western Australian Museum in an expedition to the largely unexplored deep sea environment.

    The researchers, led by Western Australian Museum Molecular Systematics Unit Manager Dr Nerida Wilson, will set sail from Fremantle on March 8 aboard the research vessel RV Falkor.

    The 82m Falkor is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which was established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009.

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    News
    Flora Perrella

  • A 14cm tall shark tooth belonging to a Carcharocles megalodon found in hard limestone rock at Cape Range National Park

    3 Mar 2020

    Prehistoric shark teeth found in Western Australia

    Cape Range National Park near Exmouth was once a feeding ground for some of the largest prehistoric predators that ever lived in Earth’s oceans.

    Western Australian Museum scientists made the discovery when they uncovered 38 teeth belonging to Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric shark that research suggests grew to between 15 and 19 metres in length.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot illustration by Peter Schouten

    5 Feb 2020

    Statement from Australia's Natural History Museum Directors

    JOINT STATEMENT FINAL Sat 1 Feb, 2020 STATEMENT FROM AUSTRALIA’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM DIRECTORS IMPACT OF FIRES ON BIODIVERSITY ON A SCALE NOT SEEN SINCE SPECIES RECORDS WERE FIRST KEPT

    Loss is in the ‘trillions’ of animals due to climate change crisis

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Otto the Blue Whale

    28 Jan 2020

    Iconic blue whale skeleton returns to the New Museum

    Western Australia’s iconic and much-loved blue whale is back, ready for the New Museum opening in November 2020!

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman this morning announced the spectacular new display in Western Australia’s New Museum. The 24-metre blue whale skeleton has been excitingly suspended in a dynamic ‘lunge-feeding’ pose in the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Chaeropus yirratji, a newly discovered species of pig-footed bandicoot, illustrated by Peter Schouten.

    20 Dec 2019

    WA Science Stories from 2019

    The scientists and curators at the Western Australian Museum have had a busy year - from discovering purple-loving barnacles and deep sea glass sponges to winning awards for shipwreck research.

    Let’s take a look at some of the Western Australian Museum’s amazing science stories from our 2019 website and media archives:

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    Article
    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: Fremantle, Western Australia

    18 Dec 2019

    International Migrants Day 2019

    18 December

    Today we celebrate International Migrants Day.

    International Migrants Day is a chance for us all to recognise the amazing contributions that Western Australia’s migrant populations have made (and continue to make) to the development of our State and the multicultural society we all enjoy.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Caption: Terpios hoshinota in the Kimberley

    12 Dec 2019

    Encrusting sponge found in Kimberley coral reefs

    The coral-killing sponge Terpios hoshinota has been detected in the Kimberley for the first time by scientists from the Western Australian Museum.

    Terpios hoshinota is commonly referred to as ‘black disease’ because of its colour and because it overgrows both live and dead coral. It has been reported in many areas of the Indo-Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef, but has not previously been found in Western Australian waters.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class submarine, located outside the WA Maritime Museum

    5 Dec 2019

    SOS - Save Our Sub!


    The Foundation of the WA Museum is seeking your support to repair and repaint the iconic submarine HMAS Ovens.

    The significance of HMAS Ovens

    Ovens is an Oberon class submarine which served for over 30 years.

    Named after the Irish Australian Explorer John Ovens (1788-1825), Ovens is not only one of Fremantle’s best known landmarks, it is a critical item in the State’s museum collections and a significant part of Australia’s naval history.

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    Katherine Jeffries

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