Did you know that the City of South Perth has a Historical Society?
Established as a not-for-profit in 1989, the South Perth Historical Society is a group of history buffs who are very dedicated to the history of South Perth and have made it their mission “to stimulate public interest in our local history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites, buildings and stories.”
The Historic Society is involved in a number of community ventures promoting history in our local area, and the group runs regular talks and workshops with interesting guest speakers throughout the year.
Membership to the Society is open to the public and they invite anyone with a keen interest in sharing and preserving local history to join.
Photographs of family life, recreation and well known landmarks in South Perth are among the many images on display as part of the South Perth Historical Society’s latest exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre.
South Perth Historic Society Member, John Maloney
Many of the images which date from 1860 to 1950 are being exhibited for the first time in the gallery. The images include some from the City of South Perth’s own local history collection, as well as a number of images from the Historic Society’s own collections.
The exhibition is running until 30 September 2016 so make sure to stop by for a visit!
Location: Heritage House, cnr Mends Street & Mill Point Road, South Perth
In case you were snoozing through all your alarms this morning and missed out on 720 ABC’s Breakfast, visit the link below to have a listen to a very special bit of history on the early days of the South Perth Council Offices…
And if you enjoy wandering through that precinct and you’re itching for more on the history of the Mends Street area (and also snoozed through last fortnight’s Brekkie spot), visit the link below to learn more about the early beginnings of the Windsor Hotel…
Join us in two weeks time for a very unique Words with Wine event at the South Perth Library!
South Perth Libraries & Dymocks Garden City invite you to hear author Stephen Robinson share the epic untold story of the German ‘Pirate Wars’ waged on the South Seas during the early years of World War II.
In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and disguised as merchant vessels, they sank or captured 62 allied ships, including HMAS Sydney off the West Australian coast.
Author Stephen Robinson studied Asian history and politics at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. He has worked at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs researching British atomic weapons tests & as a policy officer in the Department of Defence.
Book Sales and signing available on the night.
This is a FREE library event, but bookings are essential!
Calling all Local History and Family History Researchers….
The South Perth Library now has a dedicated computer in our little local history nook that is especially geared towards assisting you in your research.
The new machine has custom links that provide quick access to material from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection, as well as additional online resources from the State Library of Western Australia, the W.A. Genealogical Society, the National Library’s Trove, and many many others.
And of course we haven’t forgotten about Ancestry and Find My Past! (though of course, these resources are also accessible from any machine at the South Perth and Manning Libraries).
So visit the South Perth Library today to reserve or hop on to the Local History Research machine, and hopefully discover much much more about your ancestors and local area!
It’s that time of year again – entries have opened for the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.
The South Perth Historical Society invite all students who reside or attend school or college in the City of South Perth to enter the written and photographic competition.
The annual award was inaugurated in 2009 by the Historical Society to honour Phillip Pendal who was a Member of Parliament, journalist, historian, writer and the founding president of the City of South Perth Historical Society.
To find out more about the award and how to enter, see the Phillip Pendal Award Entry Form online or collect a printed copy from the South Perth orManning Libraries, Heritage House, or the Old Mill.