Local History Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Last night, 18 excited winners and their families joined us at the City of South Perth Council Chambers for the Presentation Ceremony for the City of South Perth’s 2014 Local History Awards, Talking ’bout my Generation.

Mayor Sue Doherty presented each of our winners with their certificates and prizes while families, friends, school representatives, Councillors and our panel of judges watched and applauded.

Talking 'bout my Generation 2014 Award Winners with Mayor Sue Doherty

Talking ’bout my Generation 2014 Award Winners with Mayor Sue Doherty

Awards went to:

Year One
Highly Commended: Poppy Savage (Penrhos College)

Lower Primary
First Prize: Jade Warner (Kensington Primary School)
Second Prize: Freya Wilson (Como Primary School)
Highly Commended: Pritika Sharma (Como Primary School)

Middle Primary
First Prize: Abbey Winship (St Columba’s Catholic Primary School)
Second Prize: Lauren Winship (St Columba’s Catholic Primary School)
Highly Commended: Abby Arnold (Collier Primary School)
Highly Commended: Tiara Thornton (South Perth Primary School)

Upper Primary
First Prize: Zachary Valverde (Como Primary School)
Second Prize: Leanna Walters (Como Primary School)
Highly Commended: Blake Mathieson (Como Primary School)

Lower Secondary
First Prize: Antonio Ruffo (Wesley College)
Second Prize: Robert Pitcher (Wesley College)
Highly Commended: Campbell Ruthven (Wesley College)
Highly Commended: Jordan Crane (Wesley College)

First Prize Elaine Schofield
First Prize: Valerie Everett
Second Prize: Eileen Horvath
Highly Commended: Rosemary Ash

View a copy of the 2014 Award Winners Collection online:

2014 Award Winners CollectionCopies of the Award Winners Collections for 2012 and 2014 are also available for loan at the South Perth and Manning Libraries.

A big thank you to all our entrants for sharing their memories and stories of the City of South Perth and for engaging with South Perth’s local history. We look forward to running a joint local history award with the Town of Victoria Park in 2016!

For more details about the City of South Perth Local History Awards, please visit the South Perth Library Website – Local History Awards.

Council Photoboards Online

The South Perth Council has gone through many changes over the years starting from its early beginnings as a Road Board District after branching off from the City of Perth in 1892. This was followed by its establishment as a:

  • Municipality from 1902-1922,
  • Road Board again from 1922-1956,
  • Municipality again from 1956-1959,
  • City in 1959.

The Council’s Photoboards are a record of the Chairmen, Town Clerks, Mayors, Council Officers and Councillors who have served the South Perth Council since its inception.

South Perth Municipal Council 1915-1916

– South Perth Municipal Council 1915-1916.

Until now, the 39 original photoboards that have survived have been safely stored in the City’s Local History Archive Collection, while a select few have been on display in the Council’s Reception Room.

In 2013, the City supported Local History in providing an opportunity to digitise 27 of these photoboards for preservation purposes and in order to make them available online.

This newly launched online collection of Council Photoboards highlights the growth of the Council through its numerous transitions over the years and can now be viewed on the web through Picture South Perth:

Council Photoboards Online

Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming exhibition to see some of the original photoboards!

Open House – South Perth

OpenHousePerthAs part of Open House Perth, iconic destinations around Perth open their doors to the public for touring free of charge over the course of a two-day weekend. This is an exciting opportunity to explore some really great spaces in W.A.

This year Open House Perth has incorporated some of South Perth’s most iconic locations in its 2014 program.


Open House Perth will take place on Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014.

Visit the pages below for some of South Perth’s featured destinations and a bit of background information:





The City of South Perth Historical Society will be hosting the Open House events at Heritage House Cultural Centre, Old Mill Theatre and South Perth Bowling Club. Visit those spaces on November 1-2 to see the Society in action!

Talking ’bout my generation – entries close 26 Sept. 2014

With just under a month left to submit your stories & memories to the City of South Perth’s Local History Award, it’s time to get writing!

What do you love about your suburb? What do you remember seeing and doing over the years? Have a favourite business, shop, or local spot you are fond of?

We would love to hear your stories!

For details on how to enter and go in the draw for some great prizes, click the image below:

Talking bout my Generation - Enter today!

Some of our entries from 2012 shared some great memories with us…

  • “My favourite thing about South Perth is — its proximity to the beautiful Swan River and the wonderful memories I have experienced during my 88 years of living in South Perth and Como. …” [Adult]
  • “My favourite place is the South Perth Foreshore because it is always peace and quiet. I remember the time when my family and I were having a picnic there nine years ago. ….. ” [Upper Primary student]
  • “… Whilst in the Swan Street neighbourhood, I was also fascinated by the rifle range at Wesley College, the location now used for tennis courts. … Can you imagine a rifle range in downtown South Perth today? The city fathers would be freaking out.” [Adult]
  • “The suburb I live in is Kensington which is in South Perth. … I like to explore the suburb. Every now and then I go out with friends and find the little alleyways around Canning Highway.” [Upper Primary student]
  • “… I have not had a lot of memories in South Perth. But, there are some activities that made me happy, namely, a walk with my family. …. I am so happy with South Perth. Although I’m still new, I intend to stay and experience here. I think South Perth is an exciting place. There are many trees there, so I feel calm during the day. … ” [Lower Secondary student]


Picture South Perth has doubled in size

Since its launch in April 2014, library staff have been busy processing more images from the Local History Collection to be shared on Picture South Perth.

Images dating from the mid-1950s up until the 2000s have now been released to the online collection making it double in size to a total of 1600 images!

The new images include some exciting photographs of families, houses, businesses and Council events over the years. Demolition and construction are also recurring themes, showing how the City has evolved over recent decades.


So have a look and see if you can find your house, or your business, or even yourself pictured on Picture South Perth!

And if not, we invite you to contribute pictures from your personal collections by getting in touch with the Local History Librarian at South Perth Library on 9474-0800 or at localhistory@southperth.wa.gov.au. We can scan your photographs and return them to you.