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

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.