The City is seeking community input into where, why and what types of public art we would like to see within the City of South Perth.
We know that May Gibbs now sits in Windsor Park for visitors to enjoy on their way from the ferry to the Zoo… but where else might we find inspiration from our past visiting us today?
Feedback closes this Friday 21 October, so if you have any thoughts to contribute on where we can integrate our history and heritage into the public art around our City, add your ideas to the Feedback Map.
Did you know that the City of South Perth has a Historical Society?
Established as a not-for-profit in 1989, the South Perth Historical Society is a group of history buffs who are very dedicated to the history of South Perth and have made it their mission “to stimulate public interest in our local history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites, buildings and stories.”
The Historic Society is involved in a number of community ventures promoting history in our local area, and the group runs regular talks and workshops with interesting guest speakers throughout the year.
Membership to the Society is open to the public and they invite anyone with a keen interest in sharing and preserving local history to join.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:
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.
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.
Have you ever been curious about the name of your street or suburb? There is an order to the madness…
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.
The City of South Perth adopted its first heritage policy at the April Council meeting – Policy P313 ‘Local Heritage Listing’.
The policy contains detailed descriptions of the Local Heritage Inventory (known in the past as the Municipal Heritage Inventory) and the Heritage List. It explains the difference between the two and it contains descriptions of the processes for listing, reclassifying and deleting places from the Inventory list.
According to the Policy, the Local Heritage Inventory“is a resource document prepared to identify and celebrate buildings and places within the City of South Perth which are worthy of recognition for their heritage significance”.