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.

Pa - Southern Gazette Article

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].

RiversofEmotion

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!

Lost Perth

Have you seen Perth’s latest craze on Facebook? Lost Perth is a page that attempts to uncover all the “lost” and “forgotten” photographs and memories of Perth.

The page was started by Warren Duffy less than 4 weeks ago and already has a whopping 54+ thousand “likes”.

An old scene from South Perth is currently featured on the page’s cover photo…
(Can you guess where that is? click on the image below for the answer)

Lost-Perth

And there have been other interesting photographs of South Perth’s history posted every few days.

Here are links to a few of them…

The Lost Perth page isn’t just interesting to us South Perthians however. This page will dredge up long forgotten memories from all over Perth. Read through the hundreds of comments and join the discussion and reminisce over the days gone by.

Seen or heard something interesting? Share it with us!

What? No freeway?!

South Perth’s landscape dramatically changed with the development of the Narrows Bridge and the Kwinana Freeway. Houses were demolished, land was reclaimed and the composition of the foreshore adjacent to Melville Water was forever changed. And people could access South Perth easier than ever before.

Charles Harry Park and family lived at 29 Suburban Road (located between Stirling Street, South Perth and The Narrows), with the front of the property beginning on Suburban Road (now Mill Point Road) and the rear extending to the Swan River. Park was a photographer by trade and ran a ‘24 hour service’ for processing private film from the residence.

Taken c. 1930, this photograph reminded me that there can be many layers to a place and really highlights how South Perth’s built and natural environment has developed and has had to adapt to change.

If you have any photographs that depict a South Perth of the past, we would love to hear from you.

It’s wet & wooly in South Perth today…

I think we will all agree it’s pretty miserable weather across Perth today…

I think I maxed about 40 km/h along Labouchere Road this morning on my way to work…even though I was practically the only car going in that direction. The drainage (if there is any, wild guess here) along that road is pretty crummy so your car practically swims to where ever you are going.

South Perth had some wet & wooly times back in 1926, when the Peninsula area was flooded. Shoes and socks were taken off, and skirts and pants hitched up to cross the jetty to catch the ferry to Perth. Kids had a great time and got their rowboats out and went for a paddle down Suburban Road (now known as Mill Point Road).

Here’s hoping that the Como Beach foreshore is holding up OK!

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5 January 1697…

…a large party from Willem De Vlaming’s voyage went ashore at what is now Cottesloe Beach, crossed land for two days and reached a major river. They noticed that there were a lot of black swans on the river and named it ‘Swarte Swaene-Revier’, hence why we refer to it as the Swan River today. 

This is the first recorded sighting of the Swan River, however many other Portuguese and Dutch ships may have sailed down the coast of Western Australia and had seen the river but did not bother to record the sighting or live to tell the tale!

Shenton’s Mill… aka …Old Mill

 

Shenton’s Mill (commonly known as the Old Mill) and cottage were built in 1835, replacing the 1833 timber-framed mill.  Shenton’s Mill ceased operation in 1859 due to the introduction of larger capacity steam mills to the Colony. After a brief period as a ‘Pleasure Garden’, during which time the sails were removed and verandahs and accommodation were added to the old tower, the Mill fell into decay.  It was rescued from demolition by Sir Lance Brisbane, who funded the preservation of the tower and cottage, transforming them into a folk museum.  The site was classified by the National Trust in 1973 and since 1994 has been managed and maintained by the City of South Perth.

The Old Mill is open to visitors Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm – 4pm. Donations are greatfully accepted.

School and group visits are encouraged so give the Old Mill staff a call on 08 9367 5788 to let them know when you plan to visit.

Getting There…
The Mill is accessible via public transport- search the Transperth website for timetables.
Or if travelling by car on the Kwinana Freeway, take the Mill Point Road exit. The location of the Mill can be seen in the map below.