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.

Words with Wine: False Flags

South Perth History Buffs –

Join us in two weeks time for a very unique Words with Wine event at the South Perth Library!

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South Perth Libraries & Dymocks Garden City invite you to hear author Stephen Robinson share the epic untold story of the German ‘Pirate Wars’ waged on the South Seas during the early years of World War II.

In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and disguised as merchant vessels, they sank or captured 62 allied ships, including HMAS Sydney off the West Australian coast.

Author Stephen Robinson studied Asian history and politics at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. He has worked at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs researching British atomic weapons tests & as a policy officer in the Department of Defence.

Book Sales and signing available on the night.

This is a FREE library event, but bookings are essential!

Thursday 18 August, 2016
6.30 – 7.30 pm
South Perth Library

To book call 9474 0800 or book online.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Telling your story…

The final event in our storytelling series of workshops and events this summer, has us learning about how to tell our own story in the form of a family history book.

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For anyone who has been doing family history research for a long time and struggling with how to put it all together into something easy to digest, this workshop may be for you.

Join other like-minded people in a free session with Mike Murray from Time Trackers about how to write a family history book. Mike will discuss:

  • how to get started
  • making it interesting
  • social history
  • putting ‘flesh on the bones’
  • story structure
  • some of the technicalities (format, layout, images, etc.)
  • publishing

and come prepared with your own questions too!

When: Wednesday 27 April 2016, 6.30-7.30 pm
Where: South Perth Library Function Room

FREE event. Bookings essential!
Book online: http://bit.ly/21CFGDy
or call: 9474-0800

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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Digital Storytelling Workshop

After a successful event where we learned the power of our family stories last week, we hope to take you one step further to capturing your own story.

We will be running a Digital Storytelling Workshop at the end of this month where you will learn how to produce a 1-3 minute personal story using your own photographs and voice.

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This is a very exciting workshop facilitated by Chronicle which ran similar workshops as part of their Chronicle Scarborough project a few years ago.

View some of the short films produced in past Digital Storytelling Workshops with Chronicle:

 

For full details about the Digital Storytelling Workshop and to book, visit the booking link below:

Event details:

Digital Storytelling Workshop
Saturday 27 February, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $25 + booking fee

Bookings Essential – Click here to view more details and book

The Power of Family Stories

Happy New Year everyone!

This year will be all about stories.

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The City of South Perth has launched its new Arts & Events Programme, A Story to Tell, and we are kicking off the year in local history with our latest event, The Power of Family Stories.

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The event will start us off thinking about oral history (we will explain what it is for those who don’t know!) and why it is important, as well as giving us a few tips and tricks for how we can go about recording our own family’s history.

Our two guest speakers, John Bannister and Janine Boreland, have extensive experience in capturing stories and have worked on a long list of varied projects over the years.

This talk is the first of a number of events and workshops that are taking place under the storytelling series, The Bench Talk Project. For more information visit The Bench Talk Project page.

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Event details:

The Power of Family Stories
Wednesday 3 February, 2016
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bookings Essential
Register online here
or call South Perth Library to book a spot: 9474-0800

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!

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“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.

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Thursday 6 August
6.30 – 7.30 PM
South Perth Library

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

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.