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.

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#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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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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