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 –

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 –

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.


Local History Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Last night, 18 excited winners and their families joined us at the City of South Perth Council Chambers for the Presentation Ceremony for the City of South Perth’s 2014 Local History Awards, Talking ’bout my Generation.

Mayor Sue Doherty presented each of our winners with their certificates and prizes while families, friends, school representatives, Councillors and our panel of judges watched and applauded.

Talking 'bout my Generation 2014 Award Winners with Mayor Sue Doherty

Talking ’bout my Generation 2014 Award Winners with Mayor Sue Doherty

Awards went to:

Year One
Highly Commended: Poppy Savage (Penrhos College)

Lower Primary
First Prize: Jade Warner (Kensington Primary School)
Second Prize: Freya Wilson (Como Primary School)
Highly Commended: Pritika Sharma (Como Primary School)

Middle Primary
First Prize: Abbey Winship (St Columba’s Catholic Primary School)
Second Prize: Lauren Winship (St Columba’s Catholic Primary School)
Highly Commended: Abby Arnold (Collier Primary School)
Highly Commended: Tiara Thornton (South Perth Primary School)

Upper Primary
First Prize: Zachary Valverde (Como Primary School)
Second Prize: Leanna Walters (Como Primary School)
Highly Commended: Blake Mathieson (Como Primary School)

Lower Secondary
First Prize: Antonio Ruffo (Wesley College)
Second Prize: Robert Pitcher (Wesley College)
Highly Commended: Campbell Ruthven (Wesley College)
Highly Commended: Jordan Crane (Wesley College)

First Prize Elaine Schofield
First Prize: Valerie Everett
Second Prize: Eileen Horvath
Highly Commended: Rosemary Ash

View a copy of the 2014 Award Winners Collection online:

2014 Award Winners CollectionCopies of the Award Winners Collections for 2012 and 2014 are also available for loan at the South Perth and Manning Libraries.

A big thank you to all our entrants for sharing their memories and stories of the City of South Perth and for engaging with South Perth’s local history. We look forward to running a joint local history award with the Town of Victoria Park in 2016!

For more details about the City of South Perth Local History Awards, please visit the South Perth Library Website – Local History Awards.

Talking ’bout my generation – entries close 26 Sept. 2014

With just under a month left to submit your stories & memories to the City of South Perth’s Local History Award, it’s time to get writing!

What do you love about your suburb? What do you remember seeing and doing over the years? Have a favourite business, shop, or local spot you are fond of?

We would love to hear your stories!

For details on how to enter and go in the draw for some great prizes, click the image below:

Talking bout my Generation - Enter today!

Some of our entries from 2012 shared some great memories with us…

  • “My favourite thing about South Perth is — its proximity to the beautiful Swan River and the wonderful memories I have experienced during my 88 years of living in South Perth and Como. …” [Adult]
  • “My favourite place is the South Perth Foreshore because it is always peace and quiet. I remember the time when my family and I were having a picnic there nine years ago. ….. ” [Upper Primary student]
  • “… Whilst in the Swan Street neighbourhood, I was also fascinated by the rifle range at Wesley College, the location now used for tennis courts. … Can you imagine a rifle range in downtown South Perth today? The city fathers would be freaking out.” [Adult]
  • “The suburb I live in is Kensington which is in South Perth. … I like to explore the suburb. Every now and then I go out with friends and find the little alleyways around Canning Highway.” [Upper Primary student]
  • “… I have not had a lot of memories in South Perth. But, there are some activities that made me happy, namely, a walk with my family. …. I am so happy with South Perth. Although I’m still new, I intend to stay and experience here. I think South Perth is an exciting place. There are many trees there, so I feel calm during the day. … ” [Lower Secondary student]


Talking ’bout my generation – 2014 City of South Perth Local History Awards

TBMG2014It’s that time again, we want you to tell us a little bit ’bout your generation!

All it takes is 250 words to share something that is near and dear to your heart about South Perth (and go in the running for some great prizes!)

How do you enter, you ask?

Simply choose one of the following sentence starters to begin and in 250 words or less, tell us your memories and stories of South Perth:

  • My favorite place…
  • My suburb…
  • My community…
  • My environment…
  • My group…
  • My business…
  • My workplace…
  • My school…
  • My favorite thing about [my suburb]…
  • My fondest memory of [my suburb]…

See the entry form brochure for more information on how to enter.
Entries are open from July 2014 to Friday 26 September 2014 at 5:30 pm.

So what are you waiting for? Get talking ’bout your generation today!

Talking ’bout my generation – 2012 City of South Perth Local History Awards

As part of the 2012 National Year of Reading celebrations at the South Perth Libraries, we are encouraging visitors and residents of the City to record their memories of the communities, people, commerce and natural and built environments in South Perth.

The outcomes of ‘Talking ‘bout my generation’ are to:

 · Encourage people to record and share (through reading, talking, writing, etc) their memories of the City of South Perth;

· Develop the holdings of the City of South Perth Local History Collection;

· Engage visitors and residents of the City of South Perth with our Local History.

Entrants simply chose a sentence starter from the entry form and in 250 words or less, write a memory or story related to South Perth. The entry does not need to be reflective of something ‘old’ – the awards encourage the recording of memories and stories that are happening as we speak. What happens today will be part of South Perth’s history tomorrow!

For more information on the awards, please see the brochure (includes entry form). Entries are open from January 2012 and close on Friday 30 March at 5.30 pm.

The libraries are dedicating the month of March 2012 to all things history, with introductory workshops on family history, and oral history. For more information on library events, please visit the Library’s What’s On page.

Get talking ’bout your generation today!