Brekkie with a bit of history

In case you were snoozing through all your alarms this morning and missed out on 720 ABC’s Breakfast, visit the link below to have a listen to a very special bit of history on the early days of the South Perth Council Offices…

And if you enjoy wandering through that precinct and you’re itching for more on the history of the Mends Street area (and also snoozed through last fortnight’s Brekkie spot), visit the link below to learn more about the early beginnings of the Windsor Hotel…

Now I’m off to buy a stamp…

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History of South Perth Maps

Greg Benjamin, a longtime resident of South Perth has been busy compiling maps showing the history of the South Perth area and is now sharing them with us.

shows some of the key historical spots in South Perth, when they were established, and some of the pioneers these key spots were named after.

shows the South Perth area over 100 years ago. See if you can spot the differences between today!

Open House – South Perth

OpenHousePerthAs part of Open House Perth, iconic destinations around Perth open their doors to the public for touring free of charge over the course of a two-day weekend. This is an exciting opportunity to explore some really great spaces in W.A.

This year Open House Perth has incorporated some of South Perth’s most iconic locations in its 2014 program.

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Open House Perth will take place on Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014.

Visit the pages below for some of South Perth’s featured destinations and a bit of background information:

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The City of South Perth Historical Society will be hosting the Open House events at Heritage House Cultural Centre, Old Mill Theatre and South Perth Bowling Club. Visit those spaces on November 1-2 to see the Society in action!

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

Books, books, books (and a bit of history!)

If you’re on the lookout for some new reading material to kick off the new year, have a look at some of the interesting titles that are coming through your local library right now….

Pa : Sydney Arthur Smith, 1899-1979, his life story / David Smith, Elaine Holloway and Lois Atkinson.

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Article from the Southern Gazette, 21 Jan 2014, page 17.

Seeking wisdom : a centenary history of the University of Western Australia / edited by Jenny Gregory.

Seeking Wisdom

Seeking Wisdom: A centenary history of The University of Western Australia charts the changes the University has undergone in its first century as well as the challenges it has met.

This richly illustrated commemoration of the first one hundred years of UWA is both a record of the University’s past and a promise for its future.

UWA Publishing for more info.

Celebrating word and image 1250-1600 : illuminated manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection / Margaret Manion and Charles Zika.

Celebrating-Word-and-ImageThe Kerry Stokes Collection is one of the most significant and respected private collections of art and historical material in Australia. Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection features a select group of twelve handmade books or ‘manuscripts’. Each makes a distinct contribution to the history of the book itself.

With a generous number of colour illustrations and written by experts in the field, Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600 makes these important historical artefacts available to the public for the very first time.

Fremantle Press for more info.

Rivers of emotion : an emotional history of Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier : the Swan and Canning Rivers / [edited by Susan Broomhall and Gina Pickering].

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Rivers of Emotion website for more info.

Beyond Matta Gerup: a history of Victoria Park / Susannah Thompson.

BeyondMattaGerupThe Town of Victoria Park’s latest publication ‘Beyond Matta Gerup: a history of Victoria Park’ by Susannah Thompson gives a narrative of the changing social landscape in Victoria Park, the story of its people, and how they have lived and worked in the district.

Victoria Park website for more info.

 

 

 

As always, reserve online through our catalogue or come in and browse the shelves!

History of South Perth Map

Interested to see some of the key historical spots in South Perth and when they were established?

Have a look at the attached map compiled by Greg Benjamin, a longtime resident of South Perth:

Interesting to note, a number of key locations (Mends Street Jetty, Coode Street Jetty, Windsor Hotel, Tea Gardens Hotel, Perth Zoo, South Perth State School, etc.) were established in the 1890s, shortly after the South Perth local government authority’s status as a City was attained after separating from the City of Perth in 1892.

Group Photo – seeking information

We came across this photograph in South Perth’s local history collection and have no additional information for it.

We can’t help but wonder… Who is this group? Where are they exactly? When was the photograph taken?

If you have any ideas, leave a comment below or email us!

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Click on the image to see a higher quality version.