“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

Origin and Meaning of Street and Place Names in the City of South Perth

Have you ever been curious about the name of your street or suburb? There is an order to the madness…

The origin and meaning of street and place names in the City of South Perth

Compiled by the City of South Perth’s Senior Strategic Planning Officer, Gina Fraser, this document is full of interesting information about the origin and meaning behind the names of our streets, suburbs, parks and reserves.

Available for loan

Pop into the Local History section at South Perth Library and pick up some interesting reading material…. (or reserve on our system for pick up at the Manning Library!)

Royal Perth : a history of golf in Australia’s west from 1895 to 2008 / Phillip Pendal.

Royal Perth by Phillip PendalTraces the Royal Perth Golf Club’s beginnings at its foundation meeting at Government House and the game’s establishment on Burswood Island in 1895. The story weaves its way through the trials encountered on a site which today boasts a major race course and the nearby Burswood International Casino.

Timeline : Town of Victoria Park [2nd ed., 2007] / compiled by Lindsay Hunter.

Timeline Town of Victoria ParkIn its 2nd edition, the development of the Town of Victoria Park’s time line is an on-going project.

Find out about the early history of the town, starting from 35,000 B.C. and covering significant events in the Town up until December 2006.

This edition has focused on covering the time period of the first Council from 1894 to 1917.

The life and times of Norma J Moran (nee Russell) : Part 1 1829-1946 / Norma Joyce Moran.

NormaMoranRead the first part of the unpublished memoirs of long-time South Perth resident, Norma Joyce Moran.

It tells of the ancestors of Norma J. Moran (nee Russell) from the time they arrived in the Swan River Colony.

A beautifully presented family history publication, Norma has researched widely and includes photographs and other visual material to supplement her information throughout.

Have you discovered Trove?

If you are new to researching local history or family history in Australia, Trove is a “must know” resource.

‘What is Trove,’ you ask? It’s a free search engine created and maintained by the National Library of Australia (NLA) which brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations all in one place.

Popularised for its digitised newspapers, Trove carries a long list of historic newspapers that have been digitised and made available for viewing and searching online. Categorised by state, these have proven to be an essential tool for Australian family history research.

Other categories available for searching include: Books, Journals, Articles, Pictures, Photographs, Objects, Music, Sound, Video, Maps, Diaries, Letters, Archives, Archived websites, and more.

The NLA encourages Trove users to register to use the site. This allows you to personalise searches by selecting your local library. Registered users are also able to create tages and lists to make it easier to find resources again.

For a brief introduction on how to use Trove, watch the video below…

Other useful tips for using Trove can be found here: Trove – Finding Things

So what are you waiting for? Whether you have a local history query or a family history query… take advantage of all the information that is available online through Trove.

Council Photoboards featured in Heritage House Exhibition

Have you visited the latest historical exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre?

Heritage House

The City of South Perth Historical Society are currently hosting an exhibition featuring memorabilia from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection:

Original photoboards showing photographs of early Roads Board chairmen, mayors, councillors and staff are on display, as well as the original gavel used on the old Roads Board table and the trowel used when the Roads Board building (now Heritage House Cultural Centre) was officially opened in 1904.

The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 4 pm until the end of January 2015.

The Council Photoboards are available for viewing online at any time through Picture South Perth:

Council Photoboards Online

For details about the exhibition, contact the City of South Perth Historical Society on 9367-9243.

Heritage House Cultural Centre is located on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street.

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.