A morning in the museum – Perth, Western Australia

A morning spent wandering and discovering in the Western Australian Museum resulted in 300 photos, but grimace not I will only inflict a few upon you – at a time!

Established in 1891 in the old Perth gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and its collections were geological, ethnological and biological. In 1897 it officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.

Established in 1891 in the old Perth gaol, it was known as the Geological Museum and its collections were geological, ethnological and biological. In 1897 it officially became the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.

I have to be honest, as museums go I was a little disappointed, but when I read that their mission was geological, ethnological and biological I understood why there was such an absence of cultural items, apart from the indigenous culture. So, to be fair, I have to admit that it was an enjoyable experience.

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“Life Unfolds”

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I felt very old when I came across the Tupperware, yes TUPPERWARE display, as my mother had these very items in her kitchen and they were used daily!

Tupperware circ 1960s

Tupperware circ 1960s

There was a lovely butterfly display along one corridor. I always hate the idea of all those beautiful creatures being pinned as sacrifices for our gaze, but as they were already down and pinned, the least I could do was appreciate their beauty and grace.

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In the next section there was a rock art display that was incredible. Terra nullius? Never.

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A dress and panties made from flour bags.

A dress and panties made from flour bags.

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Daughter2’s office was not far away, so she was able to lunch with me at the Museum’s Muse Cafe. It started to rain slightly and so we moved inside and sat at a tall table covered in astro turf. It was a first.

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She even had time to walk through the Unveiled – 200 years of wedding glamour exhibition with me. I managed to take a couple of photos, before an lovely lady attendant informed me that photography me was not allowed. In my defence, there did not seem to be any signs explaining photography was not allowed, and I had not used a flash, and photography was obviously allowed in the rest of the museum. Sadly, it meant that you missed out on Pink’s pink wedding gown, and Dita von Teese’s purple wedding dress, but I kind of think they were quite in the same league as the older gowns.

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This dress was in the foyer and so exempt I assume.

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And the first man who says the following is a wedding photo of his wife goes straight to the stick list.

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15 thoughts on “A morning in the museum – Perth, Western Australia

  1. No, that last photo looks more like my mother-in-law than my wife …

    TUPPERWARE in a museum? I think we have some of those pieces in our house!

    They used to sell flour and other goods in sacks with a floral print on them here. My grandmother bought them and made clothes when my mother was a little girl.


    • I am a mother in law, so off to the stick list with you!

      My mother had so much tupperware that my sister and I never needed to buy any as she kept us supplied. I guess it is a change of fashion and mass production!


  2. we sell a smaller version of the green bit of tupperware!
    when we lived in Oz the only experience we had of aborigines were the poor down and outs on the streets of Melbourne. It was actually only in my late teens, when we’d left the country that I found out about the strong parallels there are with the American natives, land theft, displacement, etc. I watched with interest three years ago when a skull taken a century ago and kept by the British Museum was returned to it’s people. Doing that to a non-native would have been unthinkable but the guy’s race seemed to make it justifiable.


    • When I went to primary school in the 1960s we studied British history, I was an adult before I learned of the plight of the aborigines and I was living in the civil rights era, Sure I was a child, but I should have been informed.


  3. You think for the butterflies applies the same thing as for war? “Imagine there is war and no one joins?” “If we refuse to look at them are they still going to be killed?” They are absolutely beautiful though *sigh*


    • I would like to think we don’t “collect” them as they once were. We don’t need to now with our modern photography and the internet. Let us tell ourselves that they just picked them up off the ground after they died of natural causes having lived a full and happy life!


    • I don’t think it was ancient. I am not totally sure, but it is more likely that they cut some rock and then asked an indigenous artist to replicate the style of painting. Most rock art is protected by law, and often the location is kept secret to avoid theft and vandalism. It is held sacred to this day by the indigenous mob.


    • D2 kept remarking how tiny they were. A good head shorter than we average sized people of today, A pair of gloves for one bride looked like a small child’s hand. They were so dainty. Those men were marrying dolls, or children!


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