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  • 'The Greenough leaning tree' by Geraldton photographer Ken Lawson shows a tree growing sideways under a star-filled night sky.

    26 Jul 2017

    Astrofest exhibition returns to Museum of Geraldton as part of National Science Week

    A stunningly beautiful astrophotography exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 28 July – 10 September 2017.

    Since its inception in 2009, Astrofest has become one of the largest science events in Western Australia, and is the only astronomy event of its kind and scale in Australia. The festival is an Astronomy WA event and is coordinated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

    A highlight of the festival is the astrophotography exhibition, which is curated by Dr John Goldsmith of Celestial Visions.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Two workers holding the straps around a large chiller.  The chiller is about to be craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of WA

    21 Jul 2017

    Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings

    Check out this chiller being craned onto the Art Gallery of Western Australia's roof. It's part of the Perth Cultural Centre's new central energy plant, which is being delivered as part of the New Museum Project.  It is expected to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020. The plant’s full benefits will be realised after the New Museum opens in 2020.

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    New Museum Project

  • Curator handing a shell to a man, woman to his left and children to his right.

    11 Jul 2017

    Community panels shaping the New Museum

    Every three months a group of sixty community members come together to discuss the New Museum Project and provide insight into how the building and content should take shape.

    They come from around Western Australia, from as far away as Meekatharra and Albany and as close as the Perth metro area. They represent many aspects of WA’s diverse communities and bring their ideas, experiences, and love of great museums, buildings and public spaces to the conversation.

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    New Museum Project

  • Axe (kodj). Wood, stone, resin. King George Sound, Albany, c. 1830s From Yurlmun Mia Boodja exhibition

    30 Jun 2017

    Western Australian Museum wins two IPAA Awards

    The Western Australian Museum and its partners have won two prestigious achievement awards presented by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), for excellence in outstanding collaborations that delivered extraordinary cultural experiences around significant Western Australian stories.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Overall winner 'Piercing Headache' by Matthew McIntosh of Queensland shows a frog being bitten by mosquitoes.

    28 Jun 2017

    Nature photography exhibition to show at the Museum of the Goldfields

    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 Goldfields this 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 bitten by bloodthirsty mosquitoes.

    Museum of the Goldfields Regional Manager Zoe Scott said she hopes the exhibition’s visitors will be inspired by the beauty and intricacy of our natural world.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Loisette Marsh, Barry Wilson and Barry Hutchins. 1970s

    26 Jun 2017

    Vale Barry Wilson

    It was with great sadness that we received news of the recent death of Dr Barry Wilson on 12 June.

    I wish to pay tribute to him and his immense contribution to science, conservation and museums: I am particularly grateful to Diana Jones, who knew him well, for providing much of the information presented here.

    Barry is widely recognised for his enormous contribution to museums and the natural sciences, notably in the discipline of Malacology.

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    Alec Coles

  • Karen Posing with locals’ on Zambia’s Barotse Plains, near the Angolan border.

    20 Jun 2017

    Museum Week 2017

    Anthropology looks at the social practices that make humans human.

    By analysing social interactions, traditions, cultural habits, and many other aspects of our everyday lives, anthropology increases our understanding of ourselves and each other.

    As part of this year's international Museum Week celebrations, the WA Museum's Anthropology department will be exploring specific Museum Week themes.

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    Department of Anthropology

  • Display from the Encounters exhibition and dinosaur skeletons lit up and on display

    15 Jun 2017

    Innovative exhibition teams to design WA’s stories

    • Freeman Ryan Design (FRD) and Thylacine Design and Project Management awarded exhibition design contracts  
    • Australian exhibition design teams will work with WA Museum staff to develop engaging exhibitions and visitor experiences
    • Exhibition design program developed in parallel with new building

    Western Australia’s extraordinary landscapes, environment and the stories of its people will be translat

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    New Museum Project

  • Regional Aboriginal Consultative Committee, c.1970

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of Geraldton reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, on a percentage basis, Western Australia cast the lowest “yes” vote at 80.9%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Great Southern reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. The “yes” result for Albany, in the division of Forrest, was 84.65%. This was higher than the State result of 80.9% and the 10th highest subdivision nation-wide.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    31 May 2017

    New exhibition at the Museum of the Goldfields reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. However, Kalgoorlie had the highest divisional “no” vote in the country with 28.1%, and only 71.9% voting “yes”.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A groundswell of support for the “yes” vote at Beaufort Street, Perth on Labour Day 1966. People lined the street.

    30 May 2017

    New exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum reveals Western Australia 50 years on from the 1967 Referendum

    It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum where Australians overwhelming voted to amend the constitution, allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the census, and to be subject to Commonwealth laws rather than an array of state laws.

    Voters recorded the largest “yes” vote – 90.77% – in any Australian referendum. Fremantle had one of Western Australia’s highest “yes” votes at 81.8%.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Aboriginal Advancement Council banner ‘Let Us Advance Together!” at the Labour Day procession, Perth 1966

    27 May 2017

    Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

    On 27 May 1967, Australia voted to change its Constitution.

    The passing of this referendum enabled Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth laws, rather than just state laws.

    90.77% of Australians voted 'Yes', the largest ever affirmative vote in Australian referendum history.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 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

  • Sea of hands created for National Sorry Day

    25 May 2017

    National Sorry Day 2017

    This year’s National Sorry Day on the 26th May 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the handing down of the Bringing Them Home Report, which was a report of the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families.

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    Western Australian Museum