“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.

 

 

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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.

The Mind’s Own Place by Ian Reid – Author Talk

After visiting the South Perth Library in 2012 to talk about his novel That Untravelled World, the South Perth Libraries are excited to be hosting another Author Talk with Ian Reid next month!

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“Two women and three men, displaced in difference ways by the rapid transformation of Victorian England, travel separately to a small settlement on Australia’s western rim. With them they carry social ambitions and psychological wounds. As their lives intersect in the Swan River Colony, what they encounter is not quite what they expect. Who will struggle, who will thrive, and how will they react when secrets emerge?”

Ian is the author of a dozen books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His latest historical fiction novel, The Mind’s Own Place, was just released this month.

Though fictional, The Mind’s Own Place is partly based on the actual experiences of historical figures. Ian will discuss his research at the Old Mill in South Perth Ian Reidwhich led to the writing of this historical detective novel.

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Thursday 6 August
6.30 – 7.30 PM
South Perth Library

Books essential
Book online http://bit.ly/1CGqQns
or call 9474-0800