Exhibitions Of Women And War Opens Tomorrow

Exhibitions Of Women And War Opens Tomorrow

Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day

Two New Diverse Exhibitions Open At The Western Australian Museum

Victor P Taffa

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Western Australian Museum would play host to two very different exhibitions from tomorrow.

‘Femme Fatale: The female criminal’ offered a rare insight into some of Australia’s notorious female criminals and ‘Shell-shocked: Australia after armistice’ explored the personal impact of war on Australians.

Mr. Day said both exhibitions had debuted at the museum’s regional sites and drawn strong audiences.

“More than 20,000 people have seen ‘Shell-shocked’ during its time at Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Geraldton.” Mr. Day said.

Femme Fatale’ averaged 265 visitors a day in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, some days rising to an impressive 600 to 800 visitors during its three-month visit to the city.”


Femme Fatale’ explores criminology, the justice system, religion and myth, popular culture and case studies of some of Australia’s most notorious female criminals.” Mr. Day said.

“The Second Exhibition, ‘Shell-shocked: Australia after armistice’, explores the personal impact of World War I on Australian men, women and children.”

The exhibition shows how the nation channelled its grief into public commemoration, honouring the fallen with national monuments and ubiquitous small town memorials.

The Minister said that of the Australians who served overseas during World War I, almost three-quarters were killed, missing in action or injured.

“The nation was deeply affected by this war and the exhibition is a compelling reminder of what it took for Australians to rebuild their lives after it was over.” Mr. Day said.

‘Shell-shocked’ is presented by the National Archives with the assistance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, while ‘Femme Fatale’ comes from the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.  Visions of Australia are a funding partner for both exhibitions.