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.

Public Art in Our City

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?

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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.

Visit the City’s Public Art Strategy page on Your Say South Perth to have your say.

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City of South Perth Historical Society

Did you know that the City of South Perth has a Historical Society?

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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.

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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.

City of South Perth Historical Society
http://www.southperthhistoricalsociety.org/

Call: (08) 9367 9243
Email: info@southperthhistoricalsociety.org

To find out more about the Historic Society’s comings and goings and to read some of the interesting articles relating to the history of the area, have a read of their latest newsletter…

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“Heritage Matters” talks occur every two months and are open to everyone to attend.

Interested new members are encouraged to contact the Historic Society to join! Access the membership form online here.

 

Brekkie with a bit of history

In case you were snoozing through all your alarms this morning and missed out on 720 ABC’s Breakfast, visit the link below to have a listen to a very special bit of history on the early days of the South Perth Council Offices…

And if you enjoy wandering through that precinct and you’re itching for more on the history of the Mends Street area (and also snoozed through last fortnight’s Brekkie spot), visit the link below to learn more about the early beginnings of the Windsor Hotel…

Now I’m off to buy a stamp…

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!

 

#followthebench during National Youth Week, 8-17 April

The Bench Talk Project will be appearing at a few different events during National Youth Week (April 8-17) this year to record more of your South Perth Stories!

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Look out for the blue bench this Sunday at Manning Mayhem:

When: Sunday 10 April 2016,  1– 4pm
Where: 
Manning Skate Park, behind George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC), Manning Road, Karawara WA 6152

and come prepared with your stories about life in the City of South Perth!

We have been busy organising all the stories that were captured in the last few months and can’t wait to share them with everyone later this year!

 

 

#followthebench to Angelo Street Marketplace

After three successful events where we have been recording your stories of the local area… the Bench Talk Project will be appearing at the Angelo Street Marketplace this Sunday 20 March 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.

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We would love to see you there!

Come and have a seat on our blue bench and tell us your South Perth Story!

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Lesley Vanston at South Perth StrEats, February 24, 2016.

Also visit the Human Library stall for a chance to “read a human book” and listen to someone else’s personal story.

And if you include a visit to the Library’s “Pop-Up Library” stall on the day, you’re on your way to completing the LIBRARY PASSPORT competition and going in the draw to win an Apple watch!

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