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!

 

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Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award – Entries open!

It’s that time of year again – entries have opened for the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

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The South Perth Historical Society invite all students who reside or attend school or college in the City of South Perth to enter the written and photographic competition.

The annual award was inaugurated in 2009 by the Historical Society to honour Phillip Pendal who was a Member of Parliament, journalist, historian, writer and the founding president of the City of South Perth Historical Society.

To find out more about the award and how to enter, see the Phillip Pendal Award Entry Form online or collect a printed copy from the South Perth or Manning Libraries, Heritage House, or the Old Mill.

Entries close: Friday 20 May 2016

For more information about the Award, please contact the City of South Perth Historical Society.

 

The Bench Talk Project

If you love telling or hearing stories about South Perth, you’re not alone!

Earlier this year, we launched The Bench Talk Project as a way of doing just that. Our bright blue bench has been appearing at various events around South Perth this summer and inviting people to sit and tell us a story about their connection to our local area.

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At the end of the project, the stories will become a part of the collective memory of the South Perth area and all the stories collected will be shared on a newly launched website called South Perth Stories which is due to launch during the second half of 2016.

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So follow the bench to one of our next events (see below) and take a seat and tell us a story about the olden days in South Perth… or about what you love to get up to in your neighbourhood and what makes it so special… or whatever else comes to mind!

 

The bench will be appearing at the following events during the summer months:

  • South Perth StrEats (at Sir James Mitchell Park flagpole, end of Coode St) – 24 February 2016, 5-7 pm
  • Fiesta Concert – 5 March 2016, 5-7 pm
  • Angelo St. Marketplace – 20 March 2016, 10 am-2 pm
  • Manning Mayhem – 10 April 2016, 4-6 pm

 

Visit The Bench Talk Project webpage to find out about and book in to the storytelling workshops that the City of South Perth Libraries are hosting as part of this project to teach and inspire you to gather your own stories.

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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.

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!

Phillip Pendal ‘Young Heritage’ Award Exhibition

Today, the City of South Perth Historical Society launched their annual Heritage Exhibition for the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

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Honouring the late Phillip Pendal, the award “aims to provide local students with an opportunity to explore and share the rich heritage and history of our City”.

Phillip George Pendal (1947-2008) was a W.A. politician, as well as a journalist, historian, writer, and the founding president of the City of South Perth Historical Society.

He was actively involved in the City’s history since the 1980s and some of his many accomplishments include conceiving of the idea for the South Perth Heritage Trail in 1988, establishing the Historical Society in 1989, and being actively involved with the Old Mill and the May and Herbert Gibbs Art Collection with the City in the 1990s.

He authored many books including a number relating to South Perth’s history:

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  • “A thing of beauty…” St. Columba’s, South Perth, Western Australia / Phillip Pendal. [1986]
  • May & Herbert Gibbs : the people the places : the story of the Collection of the City of South Perth / by Chris Sharkey & Phillip Pendal. [2000]
  • South Perth : the vanishing village / edited by Phillip Pendal & Kerry Davey. [2002]
  • Hands that heal : the story of a unique Australian : the community-owned South Perth Hospital / by Phillip Pendal. [2006]
  • Continuity in change : the journey of Catholic education in Western Australia from 1843 to 2008 / Phillip Pendal. [2008]

Pass by the South Perth or Manning Libraries to have a look at these publications!

 And visit Heritage House in the next month to check out this year’s young heritage entries and exhibition!

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: Friday 20 June 2014 – Sunday 20 July 2014
  • Cost: FREE

Gallery opening hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm