The State Library holds a number of historical diaries that provide insight into many people lives. Some of the highlights include WWll prisoner of war diaries, the journey of the ill-fated ship Batavia, police journals cracking the convicts secret language and European perspectives on life in the Swan River Colony. The diarists share their thoughts on life in Western Australia, as well as revealing aspects of their personal lives and experiences.
Mary Ann Friend’s journal is an account of the settlement of the Swan River 1829-1831. Of great cultural significance to Western Australia, the journal is one of the many treasures of State Library.
Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, talks about a secret language used by convicts that allowed them to converse without authorities understanding what they were saying.