State Election campaign material finds a welcoming home

Friday 03 February 2017

Election campaign material issued by candidates tells a lot about Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history.

The State Library’s collection includes flyers from the 1956 State election where candidates adjusted their call to action from “This is YOUR MAN for progress” for South Perth’s candidate Mr. J.M. Smith to “This is your CANDIDATE for progress” for the less manly Ms. Bertha Beecroft, the candidate for Wembley Beaches. Mr. Les Fawcett for North Perth was far more inclusive with his “This is YOUR TEAM for progress”.

Election material provides fascinating reading and the State Library hopes to add to its collection during the 2017 campaign period.

With your help, the State Library collection can be grown to include electronic campaign material, like emails, and printed posters, flyers, how-to-vote cards, stickers and badges that represent Western Australia’s current political landscape in the lead up to the Western Australian State election on 11 March.

CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen said election material may be short-lived but it has lasting significance.

“The State Library’s collection of election material shows the issues that have been important to Western Australians at each election. They also demonstrate changing social norms, attitudes, opinions and the changing ways candidates interact with their communities.

“We need to continue to grow our election material collection from today’s candidates, parties, and groups lobbying support for candidates, so that future generations can see the changes in our society.

“The public’s assistance in donating election material is greatly appreciated and the State Library will work to preserve this important material and make it accessible for the future,” Ms. Allen said.

Material can be accepted in physical or electronic format. Items can be dropped off at the State Library Welcome Desk, posted to State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, or emailed as electronic copies to

For collection highlights at the State Library: Collection Highlights

MEDIA CONTACT:   Digital copies of past items available on request.

Susan Parker  Tel: 9427 3153  Mob: 0451 255 074  Email:


Last updated on: 13 February 2017