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Friday 27 August 2021

Join Dr Kate discussing the legacy of Margaret Feilman’s work as a town planner, architect and heritage conservationist.

The State Library holds a large collection of Margaret Feilman’s work including town plans, architectural drawings and correspondence.

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Friday 20 August 2021

As wildflower season approaches, join Dr Kate as she discusses the ‘wildflower work’ of Lilian Wooster Greaves (1869-1956) who produced and exhibited pressed wildflowers from 1915.

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Friday 30 July 2021

Just in time for the Olympics let’s remember one of WA’s great Olympians, Shirley Strickland. The State Library holds her private archives, photographs and an oral history with Shirley. Listen as Dr Kate describes the contribution Shirley made well beyond the athletics field.

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Friday 23 July 2021

Listen as Dr Kate unpacks how and why the State Library has a surprising collection of D.H. Lawrence letters that were written to WA’s Mollie Skinner.

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Friday 09 July 2021

Join Dr Kate for NAIDOC week as she talks about the State Library’s Storylines program – an online portal for Aboriginal communities and families around the State digitally returning thousands of photographs of Aboriginal people.

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Friday 02 July 2021

Listen to the incredible case of the murder of Cyril Gidley by his spurned lover Audrey Jacob at the Government House Ballroom in 1925, brought to life in a new short film, created through the WA Reflections partnership between the State Library and Screenwest.

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Friday 25 June 2021

You know the saying, a picture tells a thousand words?

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Friday 11 June 2021

Join Dr Adam Trainer from the State Library with HiFi Club President Colin Nichol and filmmaker Dominic Pratt as they discuss the WA Reflections project and the first film to be launched from it – Generation Hi-Fi.

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Friday 04 June 2021

Join Dr Kate as she explores the picture book Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr. The original illustrations for the book are held within the State Library collection.

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Friday 28 May 2021

Listen to Dr Kate on ABC radio as she delves into the legacy of Kathleen O’Connor and her significance as an artist through the State Library’s private archive collection.

The State Library holds the private papers of the artist Kathleen O’Connor 1876 – 1968, including a collection of photographs and exhibition catalogues and pamphlets of her work.

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Friday 14 May 2021

Mavis Phillips (nee Walley 1921–1982) is one of Australia’s earliest known Indigenous photographers. Through her box brownie camera Mavis captured the everyday moments of her family and community in Goomalling, Western Australia from the 1930s.

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Friday 07 May 2021

Richard Woldendorp is a renowned Australian photographer. Born in the Netherlands in 1927, Woldendorp moved to Western Australia in 1951. Woldendorp is known for his shots of Australian landscapes that have a painterly quality to them.

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Friday 30 April 2021

When William Bold was appointed Town Clerk of the City Perth in September 1901, he was the youngest in any Australian capital city. When he resigned in 1944, he was the longest serving.

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Friday 23 April 2021

Pete Edwards, Heritage Team Librarian, discusses original ANZAC materials from the State Library archives. From maps of the 1915 & 1917 battlefronts to letters written from Gallipoli, a desperate action at Gallipoli that ended in a Victoria Cross & a cigarette card, and snippets of on

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Friday 19 March 2021

Snap Shot: WA Music Photography from the Archives is a digital display produced in partnership with WA Music that had its second iteration in March and April 2021 in the State Library’s Nook.

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Friday 05 March 2021

March is Women’s History Month and this week John Hughes, Senior Subject Specialist at the State Library, discusses one of WA’s most famous and influential women, Edith Cowan.

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Friday 19 February 2021

This week, Dr Kate talks about the vast collection of photographs included in the archives of notable Fremantle photographer and much loved community figure Abraham “Izzy” Orloff, who captured Perth throughout the interwar years as a professional photographer working in a range of styles and across many different subjects.

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Friday 05 February 2021

Dr Kate is back on the airwaves in 2021 at a brand new time slot, delving into WA’s past, extracting hidden treasures and the fascinating stories behind them.

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Friday 22 January 2021

This week we highlight one of the key elements of the Creating Perth exhibition, running in the State Library exhibition space until March 19 – an 1892 cyclorama of Perth city measuring 2.7 metres in length, created by architect and artist John Stewart Jackson. 

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Tuesday 01 December 2020

“Mediocre results are not to his credit. He lacks the serious and steady application indispensable for his future success”. Comments on Bob Hawke’s school record provides surprising insights into the academic performance of our former Prime Minister.

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Tuesday 24 November 2020

This week Dr Kate discusses a recent and very significant acquisition of the State Library – a collection of 270 posters relating to Connections Nightclub – the longest running LGBT nightclub in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Tuesday 17 November 2020

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares…” (from the Book of Isiah)

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Wednesday 11 November 2020

This week Dr Kate discusses the landmark Westralian Aborigine newspaper – the first Aboriginal newspaper in Western Australia, which ran from early December 1953 until July 1957.

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Monday 02 November 2020

In November 1905 a young scientist travelled to Perth from Bremen, Germany to undertake research of international significance in suburban Bayswater. Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office picks up the story based on the government files held in the State archives collection.

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Tuesday 27 October 2020

“Lungeous lauthanum Russian innermost sanctitude islander…” *

In March 1885, the Colonial Secretary of WA received a coded, top-secret telegram warning of impending war with Russia. This week, Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, looks into the matter and how Russian spies had been sent to WA in preparation for war.

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Tuesday 20 October 2020

The State Library holds thousands of newspapers, but this week we focus on early West Australian newspapers, predominantly focussing on the first commercially printed West Australian newspaper, with the ungainly masthead of The Fremantle Observer, Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal, published for the first time in April 1831.

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Tuesday 13 October 2020

“I thought the ground was going to open up and that I would fall into it … it was horrifying” (resident of Meckering, reporting his experience of the earthquake to The West Australian, 15 October 1968).

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Tuesday 06 October 2020

This week we talk music, specifically the private archive of John Exton, who taught at the University of Western Australia’s Music Department between 1966 and 1988.

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

This week Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, discusses steps taken by the State government in 1962 to ensure the Empire Games held in Perth in that year were a “no-fly” zone.

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Tuesday 15 September 2020

This week we focus on a range of separate but connected collection items and tell the story behind them. The Georgette Rescue and the role of Sam Isaacs and Grace Bussell within it has become part of West Australian folklore and mythology.  

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Monday 07 September 2020

This week 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. Convict slang – or 'flash' language, as it was known – was imported by convicts arriving into Western Australia during the mid-1800s.

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Tuesday 01 September 2020

This week Dr Kate looks at a collection that is widely acknowledged as one of the State Library's treasures – the Freycinet Collection.

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Tuesday 25 August 2020

This week Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, discusses something a bit unexpected in the State archives collection: banned bumper stickers. These stickers used to be vetted by the WA Censorship Office.

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Tuesday 18 August 2020

This week,  just in time for wildflower season Dr Kate immerses us in the beautiful photography of Hilda Wright. Although she taught dressmaking professionally, between 1936 and 1950 Hilda was also a keen (and very skilled) photographer, focussing primarily on Western Australian wildflowers.

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Tuesday 11 August 2020

This week Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, talks about the Secession Movement and how in 1933, we almost split from the rest of Australia to become our own independent dominion. The idea of secessionism has never really gone away and remains topical and a media-worthy debate to this day (these days, secession is known as #Waxit).

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Tuesday 04 August 2020

This week, Dr Kate highlights the State Library's incredible (and extensive) oral history collection, and focuses on the role that oral history can play in telling the stories of everyday West Australians and in highlighting and describing those aspects of our social history that are often ignored or left out of more official documentation of the past.

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Tuesday 28 July 2020

The Police Department records held by the State Records Office cover a lot of territory, both in geography and in subject matter. As well as investigating and reporting on criminal activities, the records can also document more unusual matters.

More details on The Truth Is Not Out There, It’s In Here, at the State Library Building
Tuesday 21 July 2020

This week, Dr Kate talks about a small collection of photographs from the Gilchrist collection, depicting protesters from the Union of Australian Women marching against the development of a US military base in WA in 1962. 

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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Almost 100 years after the event, the murder that took place at Government House Ballroom in the early hours of 27 August 1925 continues to intrigue and fascinate. This week Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office of WA, delves into the State archives collection to talk about the case.

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Tuesday 07 July 2020

This week Dr Kate discusses John Hutchinson’s remarkable collection of recordings documenting Western Australian birds across several decades in remote areas across the state, including parts of the Kimberley, Pilbara and South-West.

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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Today, Dr Kate is talking about some promotional wedding magazines published by three prominent Perth photographic studios in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that this page includes photographs and names of people who are now deceased.

More details on Mary Montgomerie Bennett and Ada Bromham Collection
Tuesday 09 June 2020

This week, Dr Kate talks about the Stevenson, Kinder & Scott Corporate Photography collection – a collection of over 25,000 corporate and advertising images, ranging from 1965 – 2008.

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Tuesday 26 May 2020

Today, Dr Kate discusses the opening up of the South West as a tourist destination, and showcases an attractive, illustrated, handwritten booklet recounting a trip to Augusta in 1921.

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Tuesday 19 May 2020

This week, Dr Kate talks about a more recent piece of Western Australian social history: a scrapbook containing mementos of a Perth café that was around from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The Coffee Pot was a popular hangout for many, offering style, sophistication, and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Tuesday 12 May 2020

This week, Kate talks about a very early letter from the Pilbara, written just as this area was opening up to the pastoral industry. The letter is digitised and can be viewed online through the State Library catalogue.

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Tuesday 05 May 2020

Dr Kate discusses the recently digitised watercolour paintings and ink sketches produced by Rica Erickson for her 1958 book Triggerplants. 

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Tuesday 28 April 2020

ANZAC day was on the weekend and in light of that, this week Dr Kate discussed Joseph John Talbot Hobbs who kept five diaries throughout World War I. 

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Tuesday 21 April 2020

This week Dr Kate discusses the manuscript book of poetry by John Boyle O’Reilly, famous Irish-American author and Fenian.

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Tuesday 14 April 2020

This week Dr. Kate discusses Raymond Stanley Stewart’s diary written on toilet paper while he was a prisoner of war in WWII.

The diary covers the period of 27 July 1942 to 12 September 1942 and details the day to day life as a POW in the desert camps of North Africa to the camps in Italy.

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Tuesday 07 April 2020

This week Dr. Kate discusses Mary Ann Friend’s journal, 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.

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