South Perth Stories has launched!

South Perth Stories is an online collection that aims to capture and preserve the history of our dynamic city through the stories and experiences of residents and visitors, past and present.

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It encompasses stories recorded and stored in the City’s Oral History Collection, stories recorded in early 2016 during The Bench Talk Project, and stories collected throughout 2016 on South Perth Storycards.

For a sneak preview of some of the stories told…

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“Yeah you could walk anywhere you liked… the only problem, back in the 1950s, didn’t have the Dog Act that we’ve got now, you’d be bailed up by dogs wherever you want, very often you’d have one snapping at your heals if you went the wrong way… you knew where to walk and where to not walk…” Ronald Jess, 2013

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“When the Como Theatre opened up, they had blokes on their bike. Half of them didn’t have lights on their bike or anything, they rode from Angelo Street, South Perth to pick up their reels … when they showed the first part of that film and so forth … if there was two movies on or news – every theatre ran news reels, they would show that first, he would scoot up, pick up those reels and bring them back to the Como and then put them on at the Como. Occasionally you’d get the wrong reels, so you’d see the end of the film before you saw the start of it… [laughs]… but all part of the fun of growing up…” Ross Wedderburn, 2008

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“Along Fremantle Road as it was, Canning Highway now… it was a single track. And then there was just the loops. There was a loop down near Tate Street, and then there was a loop which comes off Angelo Street, and there was another loop down by where Collins Street is now now. Roseberry Avenue used to go up so far and then it stopped, and there was the bush. And we’d wonder through the bush. We would just take this track through the bush to get onto the, to catch the tram. And this is where they had all these beautiful swan berries. We’d always look at these bushes to raid these berries cause they were so sweet and succulent, and, I’m almost feeling guilty now because they no longer exist cause we ate all the fruit and stopped them reproducing.. [laughs]… they were delicious.” Mary Haydock, 2008

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“The zoo was terribly neglected after the war and they hadn’t had much money. Money was necessary after the war for everything else, and of course the zoo came last on the financial list, and there was very little money spent on the zoo and I can recall that the majority of the enclosures were all built of wood and mesh. All the monkeys were in wooden enclosures with mesh and a lot of places were falling down. I mean the wood was crumbling and collapsing left right and centre everywhere. A few animals used to get out. Luckily no dangerous ones in those days and it was definitely … and of course because of there was no sewerage all the monkeys were on a bit of sand with the enclosures built on the sand so all you could do was rake it out . It was, as people used to say in those days a smelly place…” Pieter Leeflang, 2008

 

The full collection of South Perth Stories can be accessed online at: http://stories.southperth.wa.gov.au/

Stories recorded as part of the Oral History Collection are also available for three-week loan periods at the South Perth Libraries. Visit the ‘Local History‘ area of the South Perth Library to browse through the many stories available. Or search for “South Perth Stories” on the Library’s Catalogue online to browse through a list of the interviews and reserve a copy.

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The collection of South Perth Stories will continue to grow over the coming months and years as we continue work to digitise and catalogue the recordings in the City’s Oral History Collection, as well as record new stories.

If you have a story to tell about living or working in the City of South Perth, contact the City’s Local History Librarian at the South Perth Library on 9474-0800 or email localhistory@southperth.wa.gov.au to arrange for your story to be recorded.

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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!

 

“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

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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.

 

 

‘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?

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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.

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See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:

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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/

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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

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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!

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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!

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