LUSTRE: PEARLING & AUSTRALIA


Lustre: Pearling & Australia is an extensive high quality exhibition that explores the gritty human story of pearling.  It weaves together intersecting strands of Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.

Broome is synonymous with the pearling industry and many local families have connections and histories. Lustre weaves its stories across the whole top end of Australia and into other towns, exploring the long history and different uses of pearls, pearl shells and the people how fished for them

Originally produced by NBY and the WA Maritime Museum, the exhibition was launched at the WA Maritime Museum in 2015. It continues to travel and was on display at the Melbourne National Immigration Museum in 2016 and during 2017 it was at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The stories and original exhibition panels can be viewed here


  • 2018 State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours: Aboriginal Arts partnerships for Lustre (with the Western Australian Museum)
  • 2017 MAGNA Award: Travelling exhibition – Lustre: Pearling and Australia National Tour


Want to know more?

Vist us at Nyamba Buru Yawuru or contact the Special Projects team on 08 9192 9600