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  • Astrea annuligera

    18 Jun 2018

    User-friendly guide to identifying WA’s unique corals released

    Marine researchers and scientists now have a new guide to help them carry out their work to accurately identify and classify Western Australia’s hard corals. Hard corals, or scleractinian corals, are a diverse group of threatened species that are incredibly important to the growth and productivity of coral reef ecosystems in general.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 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

  • 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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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    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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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    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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    Sharna Craig

  • 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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    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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    Mara Pritchard

  • Artwork showing what the extinct Butterfly Bandicoot would have looked like.

    19 Feb 2018

    New research tracks evolution of bilbies and bandicoots, new species discovered

    New research has provided a breakthrough in the problematic identification of species of bandicoots and bilbies, resulting in the reassessment and subsequent reclassification of one subspecies and the identification of a new, extinct species.

    Dr Kenny Travouillon, Curator of Mammalogy at the Western Australian Museum and lead researcher in this study said the findings are significant, and open the door to describing further species within this order of marsupial mammals endemic to Australia, New Guinea and surrounding islands.

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    Mara Pritchard

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

    5 Feb 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 Geraldton this weekend.

    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 Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Punuku Tjukurpa, presented by Artback NT, showcases a rich cultural history.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A man and woman reading books about Western Australia

    1 Feb 2018

    Capturing the spirit of Western Australia in words

    The Western Australian Museum is calling for members of the public to share their thoughts about the literary works they think best reflect the spirit and place of Western Australia.

    WA in Words is a project launched by the WA Museum as part of the 2018 Perth Writers Festival. 

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles is encouraging people from around the State to get involved.

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    Sharna Craig

  • "The Brig Amity at night."

    7 Dec 2017

    Expressions of Interest: WA Museum Advisory Committee - Museum of the Great Southern

    Expressions of Interest are sought from residents of the Great Southern Region to join the Advisory Committee for the Museum of the Great Southern.

    The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to link the Museum with the community it serves. This is a “two-way” liaison: representing the community to the Museum, and acting as an advocate for the Museum in the community.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • A construction site with a large hole in the ground revealing concrete poles

    29 Nov 2017

    Securing the foundations




    The New Museum building is starting to take shape and the first concrete slab expected to be poured in early 2018. In preparation for this work, Multiplex and its subcontractors are drilling pilings to support and stabilise the new building. 

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    Erika Jellis

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