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Western Australian Museum

Listed under Natural History Museums in Perth, Australia.

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One of the interesting things about this museum is that one of the buildings that houses it used to be Perth Gaol. In its early days its collection was mainly geological – and local – but it branched out into archaeology, ethnology, biology (both human and animal) and botanical fields quite quickly – but its collection stayed largely local. The natural history focus still remains, but as the colony has aged they've included exhibitions about more recent history.

Written by  Ame P. Oliver.

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The Maritime Museum is in Fremantle

Their most famous piece is a reconstructed hull from the Batavia, which was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. But it's also the horizontal trunk engine recovered from the iron steamer SS Xantho which sank in 1872, which sounds dull but is actually the only known example of the first mass produced, high speed and high pressure marine engine. Sounds geeky but again the story of its wrecking is pretty dramatic.

You should definitely check out the shipwreck section of the museum housed in the WA Maritime Museum. This stretch of sandy coast claimed quite a few ships and some of the stories are quite dramatic. There's also a lot that's been preserved as until relatively modern times it's not been possible to go out and collect everything.

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