Check out the details of our upcoming author talk by Ian Reid!
Ian’s new historical fiction novel That Untravelled World focuses on elements of South Perth’s local history, such as the Perth Zoo and the Canning Bridge Camps.
On the eve you will have the chance to see some of the smashing digital photographs from the South Perth Local History Collection – selected especially to resonate with the local themes that appear in Ian’s novel.
I wouldn’t really expect you to do that…but I can help you uncover some of your family’s secrets!
If you missed the memo – you can borrow items that are in the general Local History Collection (located at South Perth Library). You can loan three items at one time, for a seven-day period. You aren’t able to renew these items however simply bring them back into South Perth or Manning Library so we can check on their health and we will happily re-issue them to you (given that there are no reserves on them of course!).
Here are some new items that you may like to borrow or pop in to have a squiz at:
Savagery on the Swan River Settlement : the aboriginal murder cycle and the 1839 killing of Sarah Cook by Peter J. Bridge.
Talking ’bout my generation : 2012 City of South Perth Local History Awards : the award winners collection.
Bibliography of books, articles and pamphlets dealing with Western Australia, issued since its discovery in 1616 by Francis G. Steere.
Black water prawning : drag netting in the Swan River by Will Smithwick, Kevin Reid, Rana Ensor.
Did you know that the Canning Bridge you see today is not the original structure? It was first constructed in 1849 and has been through many repairs and has had additional structural features attached. Oodles of history is attached to the site too, ranging from convict labour, developments in transport, environmental disasters and social connections.
The Canning Bridge moved from interim to permanent listing on the State Heritage list earlier this year. Hooray!
Check out the State Heritage Office’s magazine Heritage Matters for an article about the changed listing.
Want to know more about the history of Canning Bridge? Check out the listing for the bridge on the State Heritage Office website and the entry in the City of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory.