Recent Stories

These stories come from the items in our collection.

Dampier is a port town in the Pilbara region, twenty kilometres west of Karratha. It is named after the British explorer William Dampier who visited in 1699.
Myra Sykes to convict William Sykes
A heartbreaking set of ten original letters written from the perspective of Myra Sykes to her husband, William, who was transported to the Swan River Colony as a convict in 1867.
Spirit of the Swan Coastal Plain
Rare Stories from the West - Part 1. A podcast exploring the significance of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) in the creation of the city of Perth. Produced by Gina Pickering.
Rare Women of the West
Rare Stories from the West - Part 2. A podcast exploring the lives of Mary Ann Friend and Fanny Balbuk, who had very different experiences of colonisation. Their stories describe life along the Swan River.
Queer Disclosure
Rare Stories from the West - Part 3. Podcast exposes how LGBTQ history has not been well recorded, preserved, nor exhibited by the State’s cultural institutions in the past.
Cassette Tapes
Listen to Dr Adam Trainer as he delves into a collection of recently digitised cassette tapes – magnetic media which are highly vulnerable to deterioration – and reveals some special recordings by Josie Boyle, Nova Ensemble and Wild Palms.
Stop Violence Against Women
16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign and a courageous collection of stories presented in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence, recorded by the Centre for Stories.
'Walking on Water' podcast
Dr Kate and producer Gina Pickering, on ABC Radio, discuss making the new State Library podcast series ‘Rare Stories from the West’.
Dr Kate and her mother, Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory take a look at the factors that defined the development of Perth suburbs.
Mapping historical photos from the State Library collection
Dr Kate talks to Associate Professor Andrew Woods about OldPerth which maps historical photos from the State Library's collection.
"As game as Ned Kelly"
Vivacious 22-year-old Winifred Wells "had two characteristics uncommon amongst her sex". She liked to be alone and she loved to ride motorcycles.
When King Neptune's reign came to an end in 1990, it was a sad day for his subjects and fans of the once popular marine park. Images from Atlantis Marine Park in Two Rocks from the 1980's.