Wesley College Cookbook

Earlier this year, Wesley College released a new cookbook full of delicious Wesley family recipes.

Wesley College Cookbook

Whether you’re planning your Christmas meal or dessert, or even just nibbles, there is no shortage of ideas in this beautifully presented book. It’s also filled with images of food, and historic images of Wesley College for the nostalgic.

Copies of the book are available for loan at the South Perth & Manning Libraries so get in quick if you like to plan ahead.

Shelf location:
Adult Non-fiction
641.5 WES
Celebrate… a collection of Wesley family recipes

Yurleen Dorothy Winmar, Indigenous Community Stories

I am sad to announce the following message was received by the City this morning:

Sadly I advise that Mrs Yurleen Dorothy Winmar, local Elder and native title holder, died on Sunday 17 November.

Dorothy was the winner of the 2011 NAIDOC female elder award.  Her focus was on her cultural heritage and connection to Perth and Derbarl Yerrigan as a proud Wadjuk Nyoongar.  Over 15 years she conducted numerous guided cultural heritage tours and had extensive experience in developing cultural awareness training packages.  She worked with the Prisons Visitors Scheme for 30 years, and was a lifetime member of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service, she was a qualified health worker and was the founder of the Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group (excerpt from NAIDOC Award Profile).

The City in conjunction with the WA Film and Television Institute was recently able to capture some of Dorothy’s stories in an oral history filming project, and this is available in the City’s libraries for viewing.


The South Perth & Manning Libraries each have a copy of the DVD recording of Dorothy’s stories available for loan, they can be found in the “BIO” section in the Adult Non-fiction area of the DVD collections at both libraries. Please ask staff for assistance locating or reserving a copy.

The oral history project was recorded last year as part of the WA Film and Television Institute’s Indigenous Community Stories initiative to record Western Australia’s Indigenous heritage, cultural and historical stories.

The initiative aims to record 100 Indigenous oral histories, so they can be viewed by future generations as well as creating invaluable records of Australia’s national cultural identity.


‘Spirit of Art’ Exhibition

The South Perth Historical Society are back with a special Christmas exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre featuring the work of two local artists, Kelly Cocks and Nola Bolton.

So if you’re looking to escape from the heat this weekend, pop in to the gallery on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street and have a look.

Also on display are a selection of artworks from the City of South Perth’s May and Herbert Gibbs Collection.

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The exhibition is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm – 4 pm up until January.

History of South Perth Map

Interested to see some of the key historical spots in South Perth and when they were established?

Have a look at the attached map compiled by Greg Benjamin, a longtime resident of South Perth:

Interesting to note, a number of key locations (Mends Street Jetty, Coode Street Jetty, Windsor Hotel, Tea Gardens Hotel, Perth Zoo, South Perth State School, etc.) were established in the 1890s, shortly after the South Perth local government authority’s status as a City was attained after separating from the City of Perth in 1892.