Ex­hibit looks a real pear­ler

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

PEARLS have played a unique and im­por­tant role in Aus­tralia’s his­tory, and now that con­tri­bu­tion is on show at the Mar­itime Mu­seum in a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

Lus­tre: Pear­ling & Aus­tralia is a project be­tween the WA Mu­seum and Broome’s Yawuru Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion Nyamba Buru Yawuru, is two years in the mak­ing.

WA Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Coles said the ex­hi­bi­tion was about more than just pearls.

“Lus­tre also in­ves­ti­gates the bi­ol­ogy of the pearl oys­ter and its en­vi­ron­ment, as well as the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of cy­clones on the in­dus­try,” he said.

“It tells the Aus­tralian story of the pearl shell and the pearls they pro­duce.

“It also ex­plores the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the peo­ple of pear­ling and the in­dus­try that emerged in Aus­tralia.

“Lus­tre is told largely from an Abo­rig­i­nal per­spec­tive.”

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