Popup Museum – Part Two

If you’ve either been around this parts for awhile (in which case I’m sure you’re shocked *I’m* still around these parts) or have perused the…ahem…back catalogue (as it were), you’ll know that just over a year ago I wrote a post about the idea I came back from the Museums Australia National Conference in Melbourne … Continue reading

WA’s State Cultural Heritage Policy

Wow. I’ve been away from this blog for a month. I’m teaching at UWA this semester and it seems to have taken over my life. Normal programming should resume shortly. In the meantime, I’ve just become aware that the WA State Government has released its first ever State Cultural Heritage Policy. NSW has had one since … Continue reading

The beginning

I suppose, like all things, it has to start somewhere. When I was doing some research for various buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder recently I came across this little article. It is clear that while this first sighted (and killed) rabbit was not a welcome moment, I detect a hint of amusement by the paper of the events. Perhaps … Continue reading

57 Murray Street

I finished off this project late last year and really had to take a break from it before I could think about writing a post about it. I have talked about this work here so I won’t rehash. The National Trust now have the final report in their hands and I’m told it will be … Continue reading

Library of Nearly Lost Moments

There is something really cool happening at the State Library of Western Australia. The Library of Nearly Lost Moments is a bit of an experiment but just the kind of thing I love, plus, it has been extremely popular! The library is really collecting for its ephemera collection – all those transitory bits of paper … Continue reading

Slow Explore of a Country Town

Wagin, 3 or so hours south-east of Perth, may seem an unlikely spot to choose for a camping trip. It is, I can confirm, a sleepy country town with just enough business in and around it to keep it going. I spent two nights there last week and took time to explore it slowly and, … Continue reading

Wetlands: From Bunyip to Beautiful

Last Sunday was the official opening/launch of the Museums Australia WA’s new travelling exhibition – Wetlands: From Bunyip to Beautiful. It was the culmination of more than a year’s organisation and work by Jane King and Rosemary Fitzgerald originally coming out of discussions about how MA(WA) can support small museums’ development of professional exhibitions (the … Continue reading

Absence of Occupation is not Rest

On Friday night I went along to the Heathcote Museum and Gallery – the old Heathcote Reception Home overlooking the Swan River in Applecross – for the opening of an exhibition by Paul Caporn and Kate Gregory. This was especially exciting because it was an art exhibition (Paul is the artist) using as inspiration and responding to the … Continue reading

Honouring Women’s History

I was in Fremantle the other day and came across a … well, I’m not sure if it was a memorial, public art or historical interpretation. Maybe it was all three. You can see it in the photo above. Entitled ‘To the Fishermen’ it provides a brief history of fishing in Fremantle and Rockingham, the … Continue reading

The Missing Reverend

While trawling through a rather long Trove search result list for things to do with the Wesley Church in Albany (for work), I kept seeing references to The Rev. T. A. James. There were some odd headlines: ‘Supposed Drowning Case’, ‘Mysterious Disappearance’, ‘Sydney Detectives Make Discoveries’, ‘James Masquerading as ‘Mr. Lee”, ‘Church Funds Intact’, ‘James … Continue reading