Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Carnamah-Perenjori meets Andy Warhol

Pop Art artist Andy Warhol once said 'Art is anything you can get away with.'

Items in our Virtual Museum recently received some Pop Art treatment by the Room One students at Perenjori Primary School. As part of their art studies, students selected images from our virtual exhibitions and gave them a whole new look by modifying them with the Photo Funia app.   


To quote their teacher Miss Herbert: "Your virtual exhibitions are just like an online gallery space, so the kids selected the image that caught their eye the most, like what occurs when visiting a physical museum, and then they changed the image to become a work of Pop Art. The class will be repeating the process later in the year when they visit the local museum in Perenjori and digitally photograph items on display that catch their eye."


Below are the students' creations along with a short line on why they chose that particular image. Big thanks to the students at Perenjori for sharing their creations and to Alex White who helped get them to us by email.


"I chose this virtual exhibition image because I want to know how it works and what it was used for" - Tyler, from the Before Electricity exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because it has the signatures and is very interesting" - Justice, from the Schools exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because the picture is in Egypt and because it has the Sphinx and a pyramid" - Lachlan, from the First World War exhibition.


"I chose this image because we have been learning about Frank Thomas and because it looks very interesting" - Georgia, from the Bushranger page.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because all the other things I didn't really like. I also like it because I think the colours go well together" - Aimee, from the Business Houses exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because it looks fascinating and it was how diaries were in the olden days" - Chloe, from the Books exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because it has cool patterns. It also has a height difference which makes it look like mixed marbles" - Hiraani. This image comes from the TOYS! exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because Andy Warhol painted soup cans and she looks like she is making soup. I like the fancy colours that the picture has provided and how they are so POPish" - Ariel, from the Books exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because it's dark, mysterious and creepy like the doll. There are different images that show cool different patterns" - Lehyia, from the TOYS! exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because it looks like the rabbit proof fence and its colours are pretty awesome" - Sarai, from the Ready-Made Farms exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because of the collaborative art piece we did of The Bank. I also like the old double doors and the stone carving above the doors" - Alex, from the Business Houses exhibition.

"I chose this virtual exhibition image because I like woodwork and I want to know how it works" - Jake, from the TOYS! exhibition.


"I chose this virtual exhibition image because I like the plants and I also like the colours" - Orlanda, from the Post Office exhibition.

"I just love the thought of a tiny little train ticket being displayed in a much grander fashion in a gallery" - Miss Herbert, from the MRWA Stations & Sidings page of the Midland Railway exhibition.

You can see all of the original images online at Virtual Museum: to be known and distinguished as Carnamah.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Inside History: WA's Daring 20th Century Bushranger

We're delighted to report the story of our local bushranger Frank Thomas has been featured across five pages in the final hardcopy edition of Inside History magazine (Autumn 2017). The magazine is available from selected newsagents around Australia and can also be ordered online direct from Inside History for $9.95.

The Geraldton Family History Society got their hands on a copy in good time and reported on Facebook: "The current and final issue of the Inside History magazine has some fantastic articles. For those of us from Geraldton and the Mid West of WA, A Fugitive from Justice is a must read." (thanks GFHS!)


We'd like to pay tribute to Inside History and the phenomenal job they've done of sharing Australian history, heritage and genealogy over the past few years. We're especially thankful for the multiple opportunities they've given us to reach out to broader and new audiences. The good news is that Inside History will continue online in different ways and we encourage you to join us in following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

We would also like to thank the great group of volunteers who helped research the bushranger and uncover new information that contributed to the article. In many ways 2017 is the year of the bushranger... but more on that a little later!