Local History Research Station (NEW!)

Calling all Local History and Family History Researchers….

The South Perth Library now has a dedicated computer in our little local history nook that is especially geared towards assisting you in your research.

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The new machine has custom links that provide quick access to material from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection, as well as additional online resources from the State Library of Western Australia, the W.A. Genealogical Society, the National Library’s Trove, and many many others.

And of course we haven’t forgotten about Ancestry and Find My Past! (though of course, these resources are also accessible from any machine at the South Perth and Manning Libraries).

 

So visit the South Perth Library today to reserve or hop on to the Local History Research machine, and hopefully discover much much more about your ancestors and local area!

 

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

After the Event: Caring for your family photographs

We were joined by Paul Malone, Director of Preservation Services, this week, who shared his extensive knowledge of photograph preservation in a 2-hour workshop at the South Perth Library.

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After going through different types of photographs that were developed over the last two centuries (see here for an overview), we learned that the first step is to have an understanding of why photographs deteriorate, and that the biggest culprits are light and atmospheric conditions.

Some of Paul’s tips for storage of those precious family photo prints were to avoid anything with acidity (as it will cause deterioration). Look for acid-free materials. He also recommended we avoid displaying photographs near UV light sources which will accelerate deterioration. Check the light bulbs in your home, particularly the ones located near your framed photographs.

Avoid UV light.

Avoid UV light.

Good materials for storage of your prints include polypropylene, polystyrene, and even polyester. Paul recommended looking for these when purchasing negative and print sleeves and photo albums. Tyvec was recommended for storing glass negatives.

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WHERE TO BUY

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society, located in Nedlands, are a good source of archival storage materials in Perth. Visit their website here for more information:

MORE ONLINE TIPS

 

 

Family History Month

August is dedicated to all things family history!

Whether you’ve just started researching your family tree, or you’ve been at it for years…

Pop into the South Perth or Manning Libraries and check out our family history displays for some very interesting books to help guide your family history research.

If you’re a library member, you will also have free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past where you can search through billions of family history records.

If you’re keen on searching from home, have a look at the useful links shared here:

And don’t forget to check out some other events happening during Family History Month around the state….

As always, happy researching!

Preservation of Family Photographs with Paul Malone

We’re excited to announce that Paul Malone, Director of Preservation Services, will be joining us next month for a special talk on how to take care of your very precious family photographs!

Paul has extensive experience in the conservation of heritage materials, and was the Senior Conservator and Manager of the State Library of W.A.’s preservation branch before starting up his own practice.

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In this session, Paul will be going over the different photographic image types, the causes of deterioration of photographs, appropriate storage to help offset deterioration, copying methods for preservation, display requirements for the original images and he will also focus on digital copying and the use and storage of negatives.

Wednesday 13 August
2pm – 4 pm
South Perth Library, Function Room

Bookings essential (this is a free event)
Call 9474-0800 or book online

Is it finally time to deal with this mess? (hint, hint)