Local History Collection

The South Perth Local History Collection is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of the City of South Perth.

Housed at the South Perth Library, the collection contains monographs, photographs, aerial maps, cartographic material, oral history interviews, objects, artworks and local newspapers.

An oral history programme commenced in 1988 with bicentennial funding and continues today. The memories of many local pioneers are captured on CD and cassette.

Local History material can be searched for on our open public access catalogue and appointments can be made to view materials held in the archives and compactus.

We would be pleased to look at any material you feel may have historical significance to this district – either as a donation or to have copies made.

Current Local History Projects

  • Cataloguing of Archives
  • Digitising the photographic collection
  • Digitising of aerial maps and other cartographic material
  • Conversion of Oral History Cassettes to CD
  • Developing the Local History blog/website
  • Conservation and preservation of textile and metal objects

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