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!

The Mind's Own Place (book cover)

“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.

Words with Wine
Ian Reid
The Mind’s Own Place

Thursday 6 August
6.30 – 7.30 PM
South Perth Library

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

‘Heritage Exhibition’ 2015

If you’re looking to keep warm and dry this weekend why not visit Heritage House Cultural Centre in South Perth and have a look at the Historic Society’s latest Heritage Exhibition?

Phillip Pendal Heritage Exhibition

Held annually, the Heritage Exhibition showcases winning entries from the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

Also on display this year is a special mini-exhibition on the Chinese Market Gardeners, including a couple of original historic market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection.

South Perth Market Gardeners

See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:

HeritageExhibition2015Flyer

What did the South Perth Civic Centre look like?

We had a fantastic turnout for our IntraMAPS Demo Session yesterday morning at the City’s Civic Centre.

Geographic Information Systems Analyst Ben Zeeb ran us through how to access the City’s historic aerial maps online and then showed us some of the significant changes that have taken place in the City of South Perth over time.

Here is a fun look at what we saw in the session yesterday….


Visit our Aerial Maps page for more information about the maps in the City’s Local History Collection and to find out how to access them online.

Images of Western Australian History

A fantastic new website created by a group of dedicated local history librarians around W.A. has popped up recently…

Images of Western Australian History – http://imageswesternaustralianhistory.weebly.com/

Images of Western Australian History

It shares links to all of the different photograph collections that have been shared online by different local councils around Western Australia from their local history collections.

You can browse through historic images from Armadale, Cambridge, Joondalup, Kalamunda and more! New collections are being added every week as more collections come on board.

They also have a dedicated Facebook page for highlighting photographs from these collections. Click below to visit the Facebook page and ‘like’ it to see the images shared in your news feed…

Images of Western Australian History on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imageswesternaustralianhistory

Images of Western Australian History on Facebook

And if you have any photographs of a local area in your own personal collection, share them with us! You can either share them on the Facebook page and/or contact the local council featured and discuss including it in their collection.

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Historic Maps of South Perth

If you have an interest in historic maps then you’re in luck!

City of South Perth, 1930. Local History Collection.

City of South Perth, 1930. Local History Collection.

Earlier this month, the City of South Perth made available online a wide range of historic aerial photographs acquired from Landgate and its own Local History Collection.

These maps date all the way back to 1930 and are now accessible through the City’s online mapping system – IntraMaps.

They are a treasure trove of information and show countless changes that have taken place across the City of South Perth through time.

If you are curious to see what your home, business, local park or reserve looked like over the years…. then it’s worth having a fiddle with!

To access IntraMaps:

See our IntraMaps Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to use IntraMaps.

Or if you prefer to see it in person…. attend the IntraMAPS Demo Session on June 4!

IntraMAPS Demo Session Button

SLWA’s Heritage Online

The State Library of Western Australia recently launched its Heritage Online page to assist family history researchers in delving through the State Library’s historic collections of documents, diaries, photographs, cards and all other kinds of memorabilia.

Heritage Online is a Family History Subject Guide and it includes many valuable entry points for family historians as they go about their research. The menu seen below on the left hand side can be used to get to all kinds of records that are now accessible through the State Library online.

SLWA Heritage Online

As the State Library continues to digitise its heritage collections and make them available online, this is an invaluable resource for researchers anywhere in the world as they investigate the history of their ancestors.

“Mamie”, May Gibbs Exhibition at Heritage House

The City’s Fiesta celebrations may be over….. but Heritage House Cultural Centre is still open for visitors to see the Historical Society of South Perth’s latest exhibition titled “Mamie“.

HHCC Gallery Open

Mamie was May Gibbs’ childhood name, and the exhibition “explores the artistic and social development of her early years in South Perth” before she departed for Sydney at the age of 36.

The exhibition includes various pieces on loan from the Gibbs family, as well as pieces from the City of South Perth’s own May and Herbert Gibbs Art Collection.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society member.

Mamie Exhibition

Mamie Exhibition

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: until end of May 2015
  • Cost: FREE

Gallery opening hours:

  • Fridays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturdays: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sundays: 1 pm – 4 pm

Origin and Meaning of Street and Place Names in the City of South Perth

Have you ever been curious about the name of your street or suburb? There is an order to the madness…

The origin and meaning of street and place names in the City of South Perth

Compiled by the City of South Perth’s Senior Strategic Planning Officer, Gina Fraser, this document is full of interesting information about the origin and meaning behind the names of our streets, suburbs, parks and reserves.

Available for loan

Pop into the Local History section at South Perth Library and pick up some interesting reading material…. (or reserve on our system for pick up at the Manning Library!)

Royal Perth : a history of golf in Australia’s west from 1895 to 2008 / Phillip Pendal.

Royal Perth by Phillip PendalTraces the Royal Perth Golf Club’s beginnings at its foundation meeting at Government House and the game’s establishment on Burswood Island in 1895. The story weaves its way through the trials encountered on a site which today boasts a major race course and the nearby Burswood International Casino.

Timeline : Town of Victoria Park [2nd ed., 2007] / compiled by Lindsay Hunter.

Timeline Town of Victoria ParkIn its 2nd edition, the development of the Town of Victoria Park’s time line is an on-going project.

Find out about the early history of the town, starting from 35,000 B.C. and covering significant events in the Town up until December 2006.

This edition has focused on covering the time period of the first Council from 1894 to 1917.

The life and times of Norma J Moran (nee Russell) : Part 1 1829-1946 / Norma Joyce Moran.

NormaMoranRead the first part of the unpublished memoirs of long-time South Perth resident, Norma Joyce Moran.

It tells of the ancestors of Norma J. Moran (nee Russell) from the time they arrived in the Swan River Colony.

A beautifully presented family history publication, Norma has researched widely and includes photographs and other visual material to supplement her information throughout.

Have you discovered Trove?

If you are new to researching local history or family history in Australia, Trove is a “must know” resource.

‘What is Trove,’ you ask? It’s a free search engine created and maintained by the National Library of Australia (NLA) which brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations all in one place.

Popularised for its digitised newspapers, Trove carries a long list of historic newspapers that have been digitised and made available for viewing and searching online. Categorised by state, these have proven to be an essential tool for Australian family history research.

Other categories available for searching include: Books, Journals, Articles, Pictures, Photographs, Objects, Music, Sound, Video, Maps, Diaries, Letters, Archives, Archived websites, and more.

The NLA encourages Trove users to register to use the site. This allows you to personalise searches by selecting your local library. Registered users are also able to create tages and lists to make it easier to find resources again.

For a brief introduction on how to use Trove, watch the video below…

Other useful tips for using Trove can be found here: Trove – Finding Things

So what are you waiting for? Whether you have a local history query or a family history query… take advantage of all the information that is available online through Trove.