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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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    Western Australian Museum

  • 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

  • Man dressed up as dilert (blue-tongued skink)

    11 May 2017

    Nyoongar stories brought to life

    Western Australian Museum visitors will be taken on a wild adventure by contemporary Aboriginal theatre performances when Boodjar Kaatijin tours regional Western Australia.

    The shows, written by Ian Wilkes and performed by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, incorporate storytelling, puppetry and glow in the dark elements to tell traditional legends about how the land was created.

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum has had a co-production partnership with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company since 2012.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 8 May 2017

    I Am Heath Ledger documentary prelude to October exhibition

    The extraordinary I Am Heath Ledger documentary premieres in Perth on 9 May at Luna Palace Cinema in Leederville, preluding the much anticipated exhibition about the life of the internationally renowned Perth-born star, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures.

    The world premiere of the documentary was held at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month, drawing worldwide acclaim and attention.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Duckbilled Clingfish specimens

    24 Apr 2017

    New clingfish discovery shows value of museum collections

    A new genus and species of clingfish has been discovered on the shelves of the Western Australian Museum’s Harry Butler Research Centre.

    Western Australian Museum Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore discovered the new clingfish with fellow researcher Dr Kevin Conway from Texas A&M University.

    “We came across two specimens of clingfish that had similar characteristics, yet unmistakably different from the other 160 known clingfishes,” Dr Moore said.

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    Flora Perrella

  • One of the photos in the winning portfolio, A Fishy Present by Georgina Steytler, Western Australia. Shows a crested tern flying while carrying a fish.

    30 Mar 2017

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the Museum of the Great Southern

    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 Great Southern next 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 stung by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Axe (kodj). Wood, stone, resin. King George Sound, Albany, c. 1830s Oc.4768

    28 Mar 2017

    Exceptional Yurlmun exhibition ends soon

    An exhibition featuring historic objects made by Albany’s Menang people nearly 200 years ago will soon return to the British Museum after being on display temporarily at the Museum of the Great Southern.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Western Australian Museum Technical Officer Salvador Gomez examining the car

    14 Mar 2017

    Western Australia’s oldest car to go on display in York

    The oldest surviving car of Western Australian provenance will return to York for the first time in 115 years.

    The Benz, on loan from the Western Australian Museum, will go on display at the York Motor Museum from Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he is pleased the car will spend the next two years in York and that the Motor Museum will be able to share the car’s colourful history with its visitors.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Yidumduma Bill Harney’s Bush School, 2007

    8 Mar 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 Geraldton from this 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 Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said Harney is a Wardaman Elder, whose country lies south-east of present-day Katherine in the Northern Territory.

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    Sharna Craig

  • The inverted bow section of HMAS Sydney (II)

    15 Feb 2017

    HMAS Sydney film wins international 3D film-making award

    A 3D video experience featuring extraordinary underwater images of two historic shipwrecks obtained by Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum has won the Best-of-Show Live Action Category at an international conference honouring 3D innovation.

    From Great Depths 3D – Witnessing the Wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran was among 31 3D films showcased at the 28th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference 3D Theatre held near San Francisco recently.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Catherine Belcher and Leigh O'Brien

    7 Feb 2017

    New Manager at the Museum of Geraldton

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced Museum of Geraldton Senior Project Officer Leigh O’Brien is the Museum’s new Regional Manager.

    Ms O’Brien takes over from Catherine Belcher who has moved to a new role with the WA Museum based in Perth.

    “I congratulate Leigh on her appointment and I know that she will put her heart and soul into the Museum of Geraldton and the vibrant region it serves,” Mr Coles said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Aronson & Co, Coolgardie brooch c.1896. Gold brooch with mining tools.

    1 Feb 2017

    Celebrating colonial gold and silver

    An exhibition showcasing rare 19th and 20th Century Australian silver and gold works will be on display at the Museum of the Goldfields from this weekend.

    Silver and gold: Unique Australian objects 1830-1910 is a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia that tells stories of personal, community and professional achievements through both ornate and functional objects.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A child playing with a large bubble at Science Wonderland

    10 Jan 2017

    It’s a science wonderland at the Museum of Geraldton!

    Families can experience some fascinating principles of science and technology through a mix of interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments when the Museum of Geraldton hosts Scitech’s Science Wonderland from 17-21 January.

    Museum of Geraldton Regional Manager Catherine Belcher said Science Wonderland is a fantastic family program.

    “The younger ones will be able to play with light cubes, explore X-rays and discover how colours mix,” Ms Belcher said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 15 Dec 2016

    RTRFM and the Western Australian Museum’s free live music series Harbour Sundays returns to the WA Maritime Museum in 2017

    After a stellar opening season that saw more than 1,500 local music lovers take in live bands, sunshine and panoramic views at the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays is back for another five weeks of free, live music in January and February 2017.

    Taking place on the balcony of the WA Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay in Fremantle, the second series will see five weeks of Perth’s premier musicians, running the gamut from folk, funk blues and reggae to bluegrass, Congolese dance, soul-funk and dub.

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    Flora Perrella