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In Search of Fish & Fortune

Julian Burt has a strong family connection to the WA Museum via the historically significant Ti-Tu vessel, first owned by Julian’s Grandfather Septimus Burt, WA’s Attorney General in 1886. Ti-Tu was built by local Fremantle boat builder in 1901 as a steam pleasure launch and is one of the oldest surviving watercraft which plied the Swan River in the early 1900’s. In 1974 with the generosity of the Burt family, the Ti-Tu was purchased by the Western Australian Museum and is now a part of the Museum’s important Maritime History collection.

The Burt Wright Foundation continues to support the valuable work of the Museum, and via the assistance of the Foundation for the WA Museum recently joined with the West Australian Fishing Industry Council, the Western Rock Lobster Council and the Pearl Producers Association to support the Museum’s production of the beautiful publication, In Search of Fish and Fortune along Australia’s West Coast by Bill Leonard.

In Search of Fish and Fortune along Australia’s West Coast tells the stories of the men and families that took on the many challenges inherent in Australia’s south and west coast seas and rivers to help pioneer the diverse fisheries and boat building industries. These industries have developed into major drivers of WA and Australia’s growth and properity.

The luxury publication showcases over 60 exquisite drawings, maps and classic photographs illustrating the evolution of design, craftsmanship, skills and technology of WA’s fishing craft, bringing the boats and their unique stores to vibrant life.

This beautiful hardcover coffee table style book of over 300 pages retails for $70 and can be ordered online by clicking here.

Silverstream Wines

Family owned, single vineyard, cool climate wines. What more could we ask for from our lastest multi-year partner committed to supporting our Night at the Museum fundraising Galas – How about an award winning Sparkling Chardonnay? Easy, done!

Streamstream Wines joins Gage Roads Brewing Co. and West Winds Gin, to provide guests who attend our events, home-grown West Australian beverages. We are proud to have the support of like-minded beverage companies who share our passion for the cultural development of our state for local, national and international audiences.

To learn more about their sustainable viticulture and passionate picker program, take a peek at the Silverstream Wines website.

Foundation secures major partnership with Tianqui Lithium

Last week was a very exciting one for the WA Museum and the Foundation for the WA Museum.

I am delighted to congratulate the Foundation for the WA Museum on securing a major contribution from the Tianqi Lithium Corporation and its Chairman, Mr Jiang Weiping.

On Wednesday night, Her Excellency, Ms Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, and the Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts, welcomed Mr and Mrs Jiang, Mrs Vivienne Wu, CEO and President of the Tianqi Lithium Corporation, and their colleagues from Tianqi, to a special event to mark the occasion.

Justin Mannolini, Chair of the Foundation for the WA Museum, signed agreements with Mr Jiang and Mrs Wu which will see the creation of a special fund within the Foundation’s endowment Discovery Fund established in his name and an overall investment of $5 million. In addition to supporting the WA Museum’s ongoing work, this funding will see the Western Australian Museum exclusively host several high calibre and world renowned exhibitions of Chinese culture over a 10-year period from 2020.

Tianqi has a 20-year history with Western Australia but has achieved much greater prominence in recent years due to its acquisition of the Talison Mine at Greenbushes (one of the richest lithium deposits in the world) and its subsequent development of a lithium hydroxide processing plant at Kwinana – the largest plant of its kind in the world. With so many electronic devices powered by lithium batteries and the emerging need for major electricity storage battery plants (not least in South Australia!) the world demand for lithium is expected to treble by 2025.

In fact, this is a major departure for Chinese lithium producers, as processing is usually carried out in China. However, Mr Jiang has stated that it made sense to process the high-grade ore close to where it was mined, and that he also had a personal attachment to WA and was proud to become a part of the community

A Tianqi spokesman affirmed: “Tianqi Lithium was presently investing nearly $1 billion in the new processing plant and expansion of the Greenbushes mine and has committed to the local community not just with jobs but through a range of sponsorships and partnerships in education, training, culture and the arts.”

Mr Jiang himself is no stranger to the WA Museum. He has been visiting us for some two years now and is an enthusiastic supporter of our work and our potential. At the event to mark this significant and generous support, he spoke with great passion and clarity about his interest in our project and the reason for his support. He said: “Partnering with the Foundation for the WA Museum demonstrates our commitment to build better relations between Australia and China, and importantly to bridge outdated cultural divides.”

In recognition of this extraordinary contribution, the Connections gallery, located on the upper level of the New Museum, overlooking the city, will carry Tianqi Lithium’s name. In addition, at the signing ceremony, Minister Templeman and Emeritus Professor Alan Robson, Chair of the Trustees of the WA Museum, conferred a Fellowship upon Mr Jiang in recognition of his ongoing personal interest and support.

The day before the presentation, Phil Thick, General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia, Mr and Mrs Jiang and Mr Yan Dong, Vice President Marketing, Tianqi Lithium Corporation joined Alec Coles, CEO, WA Museum and Jenny Allen, CEO of the Foundation, on site at the Museum redevelopment site to review progress.