Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award – Entries open!

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

PPYHA2016

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.

 

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The Mind’s Own Place by Ian Reid – Author Talk

After visiting the South Perth Library in 2012 to talk about his novel That Untravelled World, the South Perth Libraries are excited to be hosting another Author Talk with Ian Reid next month!

The Mind's Own Place (book cover)

“Two women and three men, displaced in difference ways by the rapid transformation of Victorian England, travel separately to a small settlement on Australia’s western rim. With them they carry social ambitions and psychological wounds. As their lives intersect in the Swan River Colony, what they encounter is not quite what they expect. Who will struggle, who will thrive, and how will they react when secrets emerge?”

Ian is the author of a dozen books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His latest historical fiction novel, The Mind’s Own Place, was just released this month.

Though fictional, The Mind’s Own Place is partly based on the actual experiences of historical figures. Ian will discuss his research at the Old Mill in South Perth Ian Reidwhich led to the writing of this historical detective novel.

Words with Wine
Ian Reid
The Mind’s Own Place

Thursday 6 August
6.30 – 7.30 PM
South Perth Library

Books essential
Book online http://bit.ly/1CGqQns
or call 9474-0800

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.

Phillip Pendal Award Heritage Exhibition

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:

Vanishing village   Hands that heal    Continuity in change

  • “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

Paint the Town Red

Old Mill Illuminated Red 2012

Old Mill Illuminated Red 2012

For the second year in a row, the Old Mill in South Perth is participating in the Western Australian Medical Students Society’s (WAMSS),
Paint the Town Red‘ Campaign, raising vital funds and awareness for Oxfam Australia’s Integrated HIV and AIDS Program.

So if you’re on the freeway this evening, have a peek at the Old Mill in all its red glory…

The Old Mill will be illuminated from
September 3 – 10, 2013.

Other significant landmarks to watch for this year: – The Bell Tower
– Perth Council House
– Perth Concert Hall
– Perth Cultural Centre
– Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth
– Winthrop Hall (UWA)

For more information visit http://redparty.org/ or http://www.wamss.org.au/

Lost Perth

Have you seen Perth’s latest craze on Facebook? Lost Perth is a page that attempts to uncover all the “lost” and “forgotten” photographs and memories of Perth.

The page was started by Warren Duffy less than 4 weeks ago and already has a whopping 54+ thousand “likes”.

An old scene from South Perth is currently featured on the page’s cover photo…
(Can you guess where that is? click on the image below for the answer)

Lost-Perth

And there have been other interesting photographs of South Perth’s history posted every few days.

Here are links to a few of them…

The Lost Perth page isn’t just interesting to us South Perthians however. This page will dredge up long forgotten memories from all over Perth. Read through the hundreds of comments and join the discussion and reminisce over the days gone by.

Seen or heard something interesting? Share it with us!

Volunteer @ The Old Mill

Old Mill, 2011

The Old Mill in South Perth is the oldest surviving physical link with the pioneering days of the Colony of Western Australia.

Thousands of visitors flock each year to visit this iconic landmark, located on the South Perth Peninsula at the start of Mill Point Road.

The Mill is open 10am – 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

It is staffed by dedicated volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays. The time commitment required of volunteers is 3 hours on either a Saturday or a Sunday once a month.

Volunteers are vital in helping to keep the Old Mill open to the public.

If you would like to get involved in keeping this important icon alive please contact
Farah at the South Perth Library on 9474 0800 or get in touch by email at localhistory@southperth.wa.gov.au.

We would love to hear from you!

Old Mill Volunteer Guides

Ever thought you’d like to give up a bit of your time to help your local community? Do you have an interest in history and would like to be involved in keeping an iconic Western Australian building open to the public?

The Old Mill is seeking new Old Mill Volunteer Guides to ensure that this happens. Volunteers are generally rostered on once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday, from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm. General duties are welcoming visitors to the site, recording attendance numbers and souvenir sales and answering any questions that visitors may have about the Old Mill.

If you’d like to express your interest in becoming an Old Mill Volunteer Guide, please contact Jenna Lynch on 9474 0811.