UWA Wallal Expedition Centenary

Tuesday 20 September

UWA Campus

  • In-person

Event details


Date and time

  • 20 September - 2 October 2022
    10am – 4pm

Event type

  • In-person


  • Parents and guardians
  • High school students
  • Studying at UWA
  • Career advisers and teachers
  • Community

Event Fee

  • Free


  • Full program coming soon. Register your interest today.
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UWA Wallal Expedition Centenary
Australia Tests Einstein 1922 - 2022

In September 2022, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is celebrating the centenary of the Wallal eclipse expedition, a heroic effort involving astronomers, filmmakers, aviators, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and the Indigenous Nyungumarta people who welcomed the group to their land.

Instigated by UWA Professor Alexander Ross, the expedition proved Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, changed our understanding of space, time and gravity, and showcased Western Australia as a significant player in world science. This set the stage for Australian participation in recent discoveries of black holes and neutron stars crashing together and making the most powerful explosions that send gravitational waves echoing across the universe. 

The expedition is a story of science, sailing ships, surf and donkeys, and innovative ideas that changed how we think. Hosted in the Undercroft of UWA’s iconic Winthrop Hall, scientists, a renowned WA artist, and educators have created an exhibition that takes you on a journey that starts in Wallal and finishes with the astonishing discoveries of black holes all over the universe.

The exhibition has something for everyone and all ages, including:

  • The story of the Wallal expedition in words, pictures and a ten-minute movie
  • Drawing in Space, a stunning exhibition of science-inspired sculptures by renowned artist Mark Grey-Smith
  • First chance to see the Royal Australian Mint’s Wallal Centenary commemorative coin
  • Discover black holes and the new science of gravitational wave astronomy
  • Snap a black hole selfie
  • Interactive activities for students to discover gravity and Einstein’s universe suited for all ages 
  • Take a tour of a black hole in virtual reality
  • School educational talks and workshops customised for school-aged groups (registration essential - see below for more information)
  • Public lectures


School Educational Talks and Workshops

As part of the centenary celebrations, UWA offers a series of special science lectures and workshops (roughly 30 minutes in duration) designed for primary and secondary students on topics ranging from black holes to quantum computers. Schools attending can also visit the various exhibitions in UWA's iconic Winthrop Hall Undercroft.

Please note, lectures and workshops will take place Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 September 2022, 10am - 2pm. A full program will be available on the website soon, and registration is essential. In the meantime, please register your school and we'll contact you with more information.