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Author: Nina Frichot

Have your Say! Proposed Career Development Network

You are invited to contribute your thoughts and interest in the establishment of a career development network for cultural professionals across Western Australia. The cultural sector in WA is active and vibrant. It encompasses the major, medium, not for profit and community museums, galleries and collecting organisations across the state. We are seeking interest from you in the development of a network for people pursuing advancement in their cultural sector career – either within a current role or organisation, transitioning into a new role or organisation, or looking for their first paid or voluntary position. Our aim is to...

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Remembering Them: A Treasure trove of WW1 memorabilia in Sandstone WA

Remembering Them: Memorabilia marks WWI contribution War medals and badges, which belonged to William Edward de Courcy Lefroy, will be on display at Sandstone Library from 14th November 2017 for a year. Picture: Margie Lundy A treasure trove of World War I memorabilia will be on display at the Sandstone Library for the official opening of the Goldfields To Battlefields: Brothers In Arms exhibition until. The exhibition, which is open until November next year, will display a range of artefacts donated by the families of local soldiers who served in the Great War. It is one of 32 exhibitions across the State comprising the Lotterywest-funded Remembering Them project, which tells the local stories of rural, remote and regional WA communities and commemorates their wartime contributions. Medals, badges and good luck charms will be displayed, along with other collectors’ items including a gift box containing cigarettes and chocolate that was given by Princess Mary to all soldiers serving in the Imperial Forces in 1914. Also on display will be a “Dead Man’s Penny” — a round memorial plaque sent to the next of kin of soldiers who died in the war. Project co-ordinator and former Sandstone resident Margie Lundy said the exhibition was not a celebration of the war, but a commemoration of those who served and the impact felt by the Sandstone community. Ms Lundy said there would be a...

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SANDSTONE MIDWEST CHAPTER AGM 15TH OCTOBER 2017   The Museums Galleries Australia WA team had so much fun on their recent road trip from Fremantle to Sandstone over the weekend, Friday 13th Oct – Sunday 15th Oct. We hired a van and the six of us bundled in, taking turns at driving the 9 hours(just over 800km drive) to our remote regional Midwest Chapter AGM in Sandstone, WA. I would like to congratulate Margie Lundy for organising the extremely successful meeting where over 17 societies turned up with a quorum of 36 people (not including the apologies from 4 who unfortunately broke down in Mt Magnet, only 155kms out of town). These included Morawa Historical Society ( with the help of their Shire have been able to paint their Old Gaol & Rio donated a windmill and permission to erect another); WAM of Geraldton ( Creative Spaces NACC travelling exhibition, Yamatji interviews are available, the cruise ships coming into Geraldton are having a positive impact on the town and museum, Royalties for Regions program review is coming); Northampton Historical Society; New Norcia Benedictine Community ( there is a written articles about New Norcia in the Chimes newsletter, WA Quilters and Embroiderers Tour is ongoing, & a New Museum Advisory Committee headed by Ian McLeod); Museums Galleries Australia WA; WAM- Remembering Them; Carnamah Historical Society ( Production of the Almanac digitisation project, visit...

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MGAWA and the WA Museum: share, reuse & recycle

MGAWA and the WA Museum: share, reuse & recycle MGAWA Free-cycle is a free service helping WA museums to share, reuse & recycle. Museums Galleries Australia WA and the Western Australian Museum have been ‘free-cycling’ old display cases, cabinets, tables, mini fridges you name it in an attempt to reduce the amount going into landfill and give small and regional museums a chance to pick up some fantastic museum pieces. We’ve run 3 rounds of the program in 2017 and had a huge response, from as far away as the Upper Gascoyne, Katanning, Cunderdin, York, Northam, Dowerin, Boddington, Kojonup and Guildford. The Museum of Natural History in Guildford, now has a display case of their  taxidermist work and the Cunderdin Museum was able to recycle this comfortable chair (pictured), already been reclaimed by the office cat. Keep an eye out for more emails to see if you can reuse and recycle any items up for...

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