Telling your story…

The final event in our storytelling series of workshops and events this summer, has us learning about how to tell our own story in the form of a family history book.

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For anyone who has been doing family history research for a long time and struggling with how to put it all together into something easy to digest, this workshop may be for you.

Join other like-minded people in a free session with Mike Murray from Time Trackers about how to write a family history book. Mike will discuss:

  • how to get started
  • making it interesting
  • social history
  • putting ‘flesh on the bones’
  • story structure
  • some of the technicalities (format, layout, images, etc.)
  • publishing

and come prepared with your own questions too!

When: Wednesday 27 April 2016, 6.30-7.30 pm
Where: South Perth Library Function Room

FREE event. Bookings essential!
Book online: http://bit.ly/21CFGDy
or call: 9474-0800

#followthebench during National Youth Week, 8-17 April

The Bench Talk Project will be appearing at a few different events during National Youth Week (April 8-17) this year to record more of your South Perth Stories!

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Look out for the blue bench this Sunday at Manning Mayhem:

When: Sunday 10 April 2016,  1– 4pm
Where: 
Manning Skate Park, behind George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC), Manning Road, Karawara WA 6152

and come prepared with your stories about life in the City of South Perth!

We have been busy organising all the stories that were captured in the last few months and can’t wait to share them with everyone later this year!

 

 

‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Chinese Market Gardeners of Perth’

The City of South Perth Historical Society are hosting another talk on the topic of the Chinese Market Gardens in Perth, including special mention of items and identities from South Perth’s market gardens history.

See details below and RSVP to book a spot for what promises to be a very interesting talk:

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#followthebench to Angelo Street Marketplace

After three successful events where we have been recording your stories of the local area… the Bench Talk Project will be appearing at the Angelo Street Marketplace this Sunday 20 March 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.

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We would love to see you there!

Come and have a seat on our blue bench and tell us your South Perth Story!

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Lesley Vanston at South Perth StrEats, February 24, 2016.

Also visit the Human Library stall for a chance to “read a human book” and listen to someone else’s personal story.

And if you include a visit to the Library’s “Pop-Up Library” stall on the day, you’re on your way to completing the LIBRARY PASSPORT competition and going in the draw to win an Apple watch!

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“A Park for all Reasons” Exhibition

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Presented by the City of South Perth Historical Society, the exhibition “A Park for All Reasons” covers the story of Sir James Mitchell Park from its inception to the present day with a focus on the Chinese Market Gardens.

There will be a display of photographic images, maps of the park over the last 100 years, plus a display of more than 30 artifacts from market gardens in South Perth and its surrounds.

Special guest Kaylene Poon, a specialist in W.A. on local Chinese history will be present on opening night to talk to guests and answer questions on early Chineset history in W.A.

“A Park for All Reasons” Exhibition Details:

5 – 19 March 2016
Daily, 10 am – 4 pm

Heritage House Cultural Centre,
111 Mill Point Road, South Perth

Gold coin donation

The exhibition will feature market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection in addition to a number of items on loan for a limited period from the City of Armadale.

 

“History Talks” Event Details:

Following the exhibition, attend a special “History Talks” event hosted by the Historical Society with guest speaker Bruce Devenish, author of Sir James Mitchell – Premier & Governor of Western Australia.

Date: Sunday 20 March, 2016 at 2.00 pm
Venue: South Perth Bowling Club, 2 Mends Street, South Perth
Admission: $5.00 per head (includes afternoon tea)

 

For more information on the exhibition see South Perth Historical Society or contact info@southperthhistoricalsociety.org.

 

 

The Bench Talk Project

If you love telling or hearing stories about South Perth, you’re not alone!

Earlier this year, we launched The Bench Talk Project as a way of doing just that. Our bright blue bench has been appearing at various events around South Perth this summer and inviting people to sit and tell us a story about their connection to our local area.

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At the end of the project, the stories will become a part of the collective memory of the South Perth area and all the stories collected will be shared on a newly launched website called South Perth Stories which is due to launch during the second half of 2016.

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So follow the bench to one of our next events (see below) and take a seat and tell us a story about the olden days in South Perth… or about what you love to get up to in your neighbourhood and what makes it so special… or whatever else comes to mind!

 

The bench will be appearing at the following events during the summer months:

  • South Perth StrEats (at Sir James Mitchell Park flagpole, end of Coode St) – 24 February 2016, 5-7 pm
  • Fiesta Concert – 5 March 2016, 5-7 pm
  • Angelo St. Marketplace – 20 March 2016, 10 am-2 pm
  • Manning Mayhem – 10 April 2016, 4-6 pm

 

Visit The Bench Talk Project webpage to find out about and book in to the storytelling workshops that the City of South Perth Libraries are hosting as part of this project to teach and inspire you to gather your own stories.

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Digital Storytelling Workshop

After a successful event where we learned the power of our family stories last week, we hope to take you one step further to capturing your own story.

We will be running a Digital Storytelling Workshop at the end of this month where you will learn how to produce a 1-3 minute personal story using your own photographs and voice.

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This is a very exciting workshop facilitated by Chronicle which ran similar workshops as part of their Chronicle Scarborough project a few years ago.

View some of the short films produced in past Digital Storytelling Workshops with Chronicle:

 

For full details about the Digital Storytelling Workshop and to book, visit the booking link below:

Event details:

Digital Storytelling Workshop
Saturday 27 February, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $25 + booking fee

Bookings Essential – Click here to view more details and book

The Power of Family Stories

Happy New Year everyone!

This year will be all about stories.

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The City of South Perth has launched its new Arts & Events Programme, A Story to Tell, and we are kicking off the year in local history with our latest event, The Power of Family Stories.

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The event will start us off thinking about oral history (we will explain what it is for those who don’t know!) and why it is important, as well as giving us a few tips and tricks for how we can go about recording our own family’s history.

Our two guest speakers, John Bannister and Janine Boreland, have extensive experience in capturing stories and have worked on a long list of varied projects over the years.

This talk is the first of a number of events and workshops that are taking place under the storytelling series, The Bench Talk Project. For more information visit The Bench Talk Project page.

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Event details:

The Power of Family Stories
Wednesday 3 February, 2016
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bookings Essential
Register online here
or call South Perth Library to book a spot: 9474-0800

History of South Perth Maps

Greg Benjamin, a longtime resident of South Perth has been busy compiling maps showing the history of the South Perth area and is now sharing them with us.

shows some of the key historical spots in South Perth, when they were established, and some of the pioneers these key spots were named after.

shows the South Perth area over 100 years ago. See if you can spot the differences between today!

Royal Perth Golf Club Collection on Picture South Perth

Founded in August 1895, the Royal Perth Golf Club has a long and proud history which began when the Club commenced on Burswood Island before moving to Wattle Grove Farm, Belmont in 1900 and then to its current site in South Perth in 1908.

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In May 2015, the City of South Perth and the Royal Perth Golf Club began working together to digitise historic photographs and ephemera from the Golf Club’s own archive collection and to record oral histories with some of the Club’s long-standing members.

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Over 100 images were scanned and catalogued and five oral history interviews were recorded with members and past presidents capturing the spirit and stories of the Club.

Visit Picture South Perth to view the Royal Perth Golf Club collection online.

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As any member of the club today will say, the real pride of the club lies in its members and their stories, in the friendships and sportsmanship that can only truly develop from a love of the game and a course that feels like home.

Watch the video introduction to the oral history interviews below, and listen to the full audio interviews on Picture South Perth:

 

For more information contact the City’s Local History Librarian on 9474 0800.