The Mind’s Own Place by Ian Reid – Author Talk

After visiting the South Perth Library in 2012 to talk about his novel That Untravelled World, the South Perth Libraries are excited to be hosting another Author Talk with Ian Reid next month!

The Mind's Own Place (book cover)

“Two women and three men, displaced in difference ways by the rapid transformation of Victorian England, travel separately to a small settlement on Australia’s western rim. With them they carry social ambitions and psychological wounds. As their lives intersect in the Swan River Colony, what they encounter is not quite what they expect. Who will struggle, who will thrive, and how will they react when secrets emerge?”

Ian is the author of a dozen books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His latest historical fiction novel, The Mind’s Own Place, was just released this month.

Though fictional, The Mind’s Own Place is partly based on the actual experiences of historical figures. Ian will discuss his research at the Old Mill in South Perth Ian Reidwhich led to the writing of this historical detective novel.

Words with Wine
Ian Reid
The Mind’s Own Place

Thursday 6 August
6.30 – 7.30 PM
South Perth Library

Books essential
Book online http://bit.ly/1CGqQns
or call 9474-0800

‘Heritage Exhibition’ 2015

If you’re looking to keep warm and dry this weekend why not visit Heritage House Cultural Centre in South Perth and have a look at the Historic Society’s latest Heritage Exhibition?

Phillip Pendal Heritage Exhibition

Held annually, the Heritage Exhibition showcases winning entries from the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

Also on display this year is a special mini-exhibition on the Chinese Market Gardeners, including a couple of original historic market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection.

South Perth Market Gardeners

See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:

HeritageExhibition2015Flyer

What did the South Perth Civic Centre look like?

We had a fantastic turnout for our IntraMAPS Demo Session yesterday morning at the City’s Civic Centre.

Geographic Information Systems Analyst Ben Zeeb ran us through how to access the City’s historic aerial maps online and then showed us some of the significant changes that have taken place in the City of South Perth over time.

Here is a fun look at what we saw in the session yesterday….


Visit our Aerial Maps page for more information about the maps in the City’s Local History Collection and to find out how to access them online.

Images of Western Australian History

A fantastic new website created by a group of dedicated local history librarians around W.A. has popped up recently…

Images of Western Australian History – http://imageswesternaustralianhistory.weebly.com/

Images of Western Australian History

It shares links to all of the different photograph collections that have been shared online by different local councils around Western Australia from their local history collections.

You can browse through historic images from Armadale, Cambridge, Joondalup, Kalamunda and more! New collections are being added every week as more collections come on board.

They also have a dedicated Facebook page for highlighting photographs from these collections. Click below to visit the Facebook page and ‘like’ it to see the images shared in your news feed…

Images of Western Australian History on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imageswesternaustralianhistory

Images of Western Australian History on Facebook

And if you have any photographs of a local area in your own personal collection, share them with us! You can either share them on the Facebook page and/or contact the local council featured and discuss including it in their collection.

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Historic Maps of South Perth

If you have an interest in historic maps then you’re in luck!

City of South Perth, 1930. Local History Collection.

City of South Perth, 1930. Local History Collection.

Earlier this month, the City of South Perth made available online a wide range of historic aerial photographs acquired from Landgate and its own Local History Collection.

These maps date all the way back to 1930 and are now accessible through the City’s online mapping system – IntraMaps.

They are a treasure trove of information and show countless changes that have taken place across the City of South Perth through time.

If you are curious to see what your home, business, local park or reserve looked like over the years…. then it’s worth having a fiddle with!

To access IntraMaps:

See our IntraMaps Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to use IntraMaps.

Or if you prefer to see it in person…. attend the IntraMAPS Demo Session on June 4!

IntraMAPS Demo Session Button

SLWA’s Heritage Online

The State Library of Western Australia recently launched its Heritage Online page to assist family history researchers in delving through the State Library’s historic collections of documents, diaries, photographs, cards and all other kinds of memorabilia.

Heritage Online is a Family History Subject Guide and it includes many valuable entry points for family historians as they go about their research. The menu seen below on the left hand side can be used to get to all kinds of records that are now accessible through the State Library online.

SLWA Heritage Online

As the State Library continues to digitise its heritage collections and make them available online, this is an invaluable resource for researchers anywhere in the world as they investigate the history of their ancestors.

“Mamie”, May Gibbs Exhibition at Heritage House

The City’s Fiesta celebrations may be over….. but Heritage House Cultural Centre is still open for visitors to see the Historical Society of South Perth’s latest exhibition titled “Mamie“.

HHCC Gallery Open

Mamie was May Gibbs’ childhood name, and the exhibition “explores the artistic and social development of her early years in South Perth” before she departed for Sydney at the age of 36.

The exhibition includes various pieces on loan from the Gibbs family, as well as pieces from the City of South Perth’s own May and Herbert Gibbs Art Collection.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society member.

Mamie Exhibition

Mamie Exhibition

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: until end of May 2015
  • Cost: FREE

Gallery opening hours:

  • Fridays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturdays: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sundays: 1 pm – 4 pm