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.
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.
Have you visited the latest historical exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre?
The City of South Perth Historical Society are currently hosting an exhibition featuring memorabilia from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection:
Original photoboards showing photographs of early Roads Board chairmen, mayors, councillors and staff are on display, as well as the original gavel used on the old Roads Board table and the trowel used when the Roads Board building (now Heritage House Cultural Centre) was officially opened in 1904.
The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 4 pm until the end of January 2015.
The Council Photoboards are available for viewing online at any time through Picture South Perth:
For details about the exhibition, contact the City of South Perth Historical Society on 9367-9243.
Heritage House Cultural Centre is located on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street.
The South Perth Council has gone through many changes over the years starting from its early beginnings as a Road Board District after branching off from the City of Perth in 1892. This was followed by its establishment as a:
Municipality from 1902-1922,
Road Board again from 1922-1956,
Municipality again from 1956-1959,
City in 1959.
The Council’s Photoboards are a record of the Chairmen, Town Clerks, Mayors, Council Officers and Councillors who have served the South Perth Council since its inception.
– South Perth Municipal Council 1915-1916.
Until now, the 39 original photoboards that have survived have been safely stored in the City’s Local History Archive Collection, while a select few have been on display in the Council’s Reception Room.
In 2013, the City supported Local History in providing an opportunity to digitise 27 of these photoboards for preservation purposes and in order to make them available online.
This newly launched online collection of Council Photoboards highlights the growth of the Council through its numerous transitions over the years and can now be viewed on the web through Picture South Perth:
Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming exhibition to see some of the original photoboards!
Since its launch in April 2014, library staff have been busy processing more images from the Local History Collection to be shared on Picture South Perth.
Images dating from the mid-1950s up until the 2000s have now been released to the online collection making it double in size to a total of 1600 images!
The new images include some exciting photographs of families, houses, businesses and Council events over the years. Demolition and construction are also recurring themes, showing how the City has evolved over recent decades.
So have a look and see if you can find your house, or your business, or even yourself pictured on Picture South Perth!
And if not, we invite you to contribute pictures from your personal collections by getting in touch with the Local History Librarian at South Perth Library on 9474-0800 or at email@example.com. We can scan your photographs and return them to you.
We were joined by Paul Malone, Director of Preservation Services, this week, who shared his extensive knowledge of photograph preservation in a 2-hour workshop at the South Perth Library.
After going through different types of photographs that were developed over the last two centuries (see here for an overview), we learned that the first step is to have an understanding of why photographs deteriorate, and that the biggest culprits are light and atmospheric conditions.
Some of Paul’s tips for storage of those precious family photo prints were to avoid anything with acidity (as it will cause deterioration). Look for acid-free materials. He also recommended we avoid displaying photographs near UV light sources which will accelerate deterioration. Check the light bulbs in your home, particularly the ones located near your framed photographs.
Avoid UV light.
Good materials for storage of your prints include polypropylene, polystyrene, and even polyester. Paul recommended looking for these when purchasing negative and print sleeves and photo albums. Tyvec was recommended for storing glass negatives.
WHERE TO BUY
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society, located in Nedlands, are a good source of archival storage materials in Perth. Visit their website here for more information:
We’re excited to announce that Paul Malone, Director of Preservation Services, will be joining us next month for a special talk on how to take care of your very precious family photographs!
Paul has extensive experience in the conservation of heritage materials, and was the Senior Conservator and Manager of the State Library of W.A.’s preservation branch before starting up his own practice.
In this session, Paul will be going over the different photographic image types, the causes of deterioration of photographs, appropriate storage to help offset deterioration, copying methods for preservation, display requirements for the original images and he will also focus on digital copying and the use and storage of negatives.
Wednesday 13 August
2pm – 4 pm South Perth Library, Function Room
Bookings essential (this is a free event)
Call 9474-0800 or book online
Is it finally time to deal with this mess? (hint, hint)
The WA Heritage Festival 2014 is kicking off from April 18 – May 18 this year and we are excited for you to celebrate with us!
Take part in the Picture South Perth: Photo Drive by digging up your old photographs from and around the City of South Perth and dropping them off at either the South Perth or Manning Libraries for scanning (originals will be returned to you!).
Your images will then be shared with the wider community on our newly launched online collection Picture South Perth.