Classroom resources

The State Library’s rich collections tell the stories of Western Australia.  The following resources have been created using the primary sources materials from the Library’s collections and aim to assist teachers in delivering the curriculum.

See My Hat!

What is the purpose of a hat? When is it worn? There are so many uses for the hat: dress-up hats, uniform hats, safety hats and fashion accessories. Hats are a form of shelter from the elements. Have hats changed over time? Have they always had the same purpose?

The See My Hat! online resource is an introduction to past and present life and how it is communicated through sources, such as photographs. Featuring photographs from the State Library of WA’s collections, this resource introduces students to how photographs can be used as primary sources in historical inquiry.

Better Beginnings

Every school in WA is eligible to participate in the Better Beginnings Kindergarten program. Through this program, each kindergarten student at your school will receive a free reading pack. The reading packs are a high-quality literacy resource for WA families, which promote the value of reading together every day.

Historical Panoramas

The Historical Panoramas project provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle from the 1860s. The virtual tour provides visitors with the ability to explore several panoramic locations around Perth and Fremantle allowing users to explore locations and compare changes over different time periods

Fun with Fairy Tales

A box of fairy tale props, a digital camera and imagination is all that is needed to have fun with fairy tales. 

Resources for ideas on how to explore narrative structure:

OldPerth

Navigate through space and time with the OldPerth education resource.  A project created in cooperation with Curtin University HIVE that geotags locations of thousands of State Library images with an interactive map. This resource includes lesson plans for teachers and classroom activities that link with the study of geography component of the year 5 Humanities and Social Science syllabus.

Western Australia and Federation

Western Australia’s path to Federation was not a smooth one. Opinions about whether to join the Commonwealth were sharply divided between long term residents and newer arrivals. The Western Australia and Federation classroom resource explores the issues leading up to and directly after Federation, from a Western Australian perspective.

WA Migration Stories

Western Australia is rich with stories of people who have migrated here, and the State Library plays an important role in sharing these stories and recording the impact of migration through its collections. The WA Migration Stories resource is an introduction to Western Australia’s migration history which aims to support classroom learning relating to the movement of people to WA.

Migration Stories Northbridge Walking Trail​

The history of Northbridge has been formed by more waves of migration than any other area of Western Australia; this rich, ethnic diversity has shaped its character. Download this Migration Stories Northbridge Walking Trail (PDF) and explore the city of Perth’s migrant heritage on this self-guided walking trail.

This self-guided walking trail is 1-hour duration.

Swan River Colony City Walking Trail

This downloadable Swan River Colonial Walking Trail (PDF) is an introduction to the history of the area from colonisation in 1829 to the early 20th Century. Explore Perth’s colonial heritage as you walk in the footsteps of our early colonists. This self-guided walking trail is 1-hour duration.

 

Historical Panoramas

The Historical Panoramas project provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle from the 1860s. The virtual tour provides visitors with the ability to explore several panoramic locations around Perth and Fremantle allowing users to explore locations and compare changes over different time periods.

The Freycinet Collection: Teacher Resource

The Freycinet Collection of the State Library of Western Australia is a series of eighteen drawings, engravings and watercolours.

This teacher resource was created for students to develop an understanding of the early French exploration of the Western Australian coastline and engage with primary source materials from this exploration.

Language Resources

The State Library collects Western Australian materials in languages other than English. Teacher resources have been developed based on these heritage collections for use by language teachers. The resources suggest learning activities that use materials from the State Library’s collections, which support language development and understanding of different cultural groups.

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili - Our Country on Paper

Maps with interactive features explore the Perth CBD (Boorlo or Burrell) area with Noongar perspectives.  Aboriginal History (WA) has created an online map which acknowledges the Noongar place names. This resource identifies sites such as popular camping (kalla) and hunting grounds, natural landmarks and sacred places traditional to Noongar people as they moved amongst the lakes, coastal plain and hills following the six Noongar seasons.

 

They Served with Honour

Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli

The Aboriginal History WA team has undertaken extensive genealogical and archival research to bring together this unique publication. In addition to bringing to life the stories of Western Australia's Aboriginal soldiers, They Served with Honour is a significant educational and historical resource adding to our understanding and awareness of the history of Western Australia and Australia.

The book is dedicated to the thirteen Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen.

OldPerth

Navigate through space and time with the OldPerth education resource.  A project created in cooperation with Curtin University HIVE that geotags locations of thousands of State Library images with an interactive map. This resource includes lesson plans for teachers and classroom activities that link with the study of geography component of the year 5 Humanities and Social Science syllabus.

Historical Panoramas

The Historical Panoramas project provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle from the 1860s. The virtual tour provides visitors with the ability to explore several panoramic locations around Perth and Fremantle allowing users to explore locations and compare changes over different time periods.

The Freycinet Collection: Teacher Resource

The Freycinet Collection of the State Library of Western Australia is a series of eighteen drawings, engravings and watercolours.

This teacher resource was created for students to develop an understanding of the early French exploration of the Western Australian coastline and engage with primary source materials from this exploration.

Language Resources

The State Library collects Western Australian materials in languages other than English. Teacher resources have been developed based on these heritage collections for use by language teachers. The resources suggest learning activities that use materials from the State Library’s collections, which support language development and understanding of different cultural groups.

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili - Our Country on Paper

Maps with interactive features explore the Perth CBD (Boorlo or Burrell) area with Noongar perspectives.  Aboriginal History (WA) has created an online map which acknowledges the Noongar place names. This resource  identifies sites such as popular camping (kalla) and hunting grounds, natural landmarks and sacred places traditional to Noongar people as they moved amongst the lakes, coastal plain and hills following the six Noongar seasons.

 

They Served with Honour

Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli

The Aboriginal History WA team has undertaken extensive genealogical and archival research to bring together this unique publication. In addition to bringing to life the stories of Western Australia's Aboriginal soldiers, They Served with Honour is a significant educational and historical resource adding to our understanding and awareness of the history of Western Australia and Australia.

The book is dedicated to the thirteen Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen.

No Less Worthy

This publication acknowledges the significant contribution of Western Australian Aboriginal volunteers in World War One.

The Aboriginal History WA team has undertaken extensive genealogical and archival research to bring together the stories of the lives of Western Australian Aboriginal volunteers and soldiers.

“Many who sought to serve were not always accepted. The reasons for this are diverse and follow no consistent pattern.  For those who survived the battlefield, the equality they experienced while fighting shoulder to shoulder with their non-Aboriginal mates was not always accorded to them on their return home.”- Dr Richard Walley OAM, Noongar Elder

Last updated on 12 October 2021