Family History

An interview with Bill Dempsey

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Bill Dempsey, newly inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame, will talk about his Aboriginal, Irish, German and Russian ancestry as well as his amazing football career in WA.
In conversation with Elders from Boorloo (Perth)

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Meet the Burdyia (bosses) leading the way for respect, recognition and reconciliation in Boorloo/Perth. Join Noongar presenter Phil Walleystack as he sits down for a yarn with the Elders and discovers the stories and experiences that have inspired their fight for change.
The Dreaming

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Drop into the Nook to see episodes of the acclaimed television series The Dreaming - animated films of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling.  Throughout NAIDOC week, Screenarts and the State Library will show the award-winning animated series The Dreaming.
Limen ‘At the Fence’ exhibition

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A preview event for the Limen ‘At the Fence’ exhibition especially for Indigenous community members.
Battye Fellow Lecture

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Who were the people who lived rough in the Smelter's Camp for the first half of the twentieth century? Miners, stockmen, itinerants, travellers, migrants and more.

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Public lecture - How did this young Englishman contribute to the 'City Beautiful' movement that helped mould pre-war Perth?

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This screening and panel discussion looks at Iwanoff's legacy and provides a glimpse at how architectural plans were harnessed to render this home in virtual reality.

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This screening of the mini documentary and panel discussion explores the legacy of Samson's film collection and the ways in which it was utilised by the filmmakers to merge old and new.

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Over three days, Family History WA presents an entertaining and informative introduction to tracing your family tree.
Getting started
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30pm
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.