Lustre: Pearling & Australia

Lustre: Pearling & Australia delves into the human story of pearling, weaving together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries. Discover the intriguing stories behind Australia’s unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country.

More than pearls, Lustre explores the beauty, significance and intrigue of pearls and pearl shell across time and cultures covering some 20,000 years.

Developed by the Western Australian Museum in partnership with Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

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