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.


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!


SLWA’s Heritage Online

The State Library of Western Australia recently launched its Heritage Online page to assist family history researchers in delving through the State Library’s historic collections of documents, diaries, photographs, cards and all other kinds of memorabilia.

Heritage Online is a Family History Subject Guide and it includes many valuable entry points for family historians as they go about their research. The menu seen below on the left hand side can be used to get to all kinds of records that are now accessible through the State Library online.

SLWA Heritage Online

As the State Library continues to digitise its heritage collections and make them available online, this is an invaluable resource for researchers anywhere in the world as they investigate the history of their ancestors.

Are you celebrating National Family History Week? South Perth Libraries are!

Toying with the idea of beginning your family history?

Keen to understand those databases you see advertised on TV that might provide some awesome leads in your research?

Or do you just want to know how to utilise some of these whiz-bang electronics to preserve your special photographs and documents?

There are some fantastic free workshops if you would like to learn a little about these things, or perhaps you just feel like getting historically enlightened!

Check out WA’s National Family History Week events and South Perth Library’s Introduction to Oral History presentation!

Library books go travelling too!

I recently went on a holiday to Cambodia and I spent a lot of time visiting historic sites and delving into the history of their kingdom.

During the hotter points of the day I found myself eating lunch and having extended siestas, where I got a lot of reading done. One book I began working through on my holiday is Orphans of the living : growing up in ‘care’ in 20th century Australia by Joanna Penglase. It was one thing to read about the experiences of people in Australia growing up in orphanages or care homes but another thing entirely to visit an orphanage on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and experience the reality of growing up in ‘care’ in a developing country.

So many similarities can be seen in the history of different countries and cultures, sometimes you just need to dig a little under the surface to draw the comparisons!

After looking at one of the photographs I took in Kuala Lumpur I got to thinking – how far do our library books travel? I think some books may have been to more destinations than we can imagine! Where have you taken a library book while holidaying?

And yes…I am one of those people who like to eat a lot when I go adventuring…