SLWA on ABC Radio

Tune in to ABC Radio Perth (720) from 2pm on Fridays for History Repeated.

Hear Battye Historian, Dr. Kate Gregory and Senior Archivist at the State Records Office of WA, Damien Hassan reveal fascinating stories from WA’s past with Christine Layton on the WA Afternoons program.

The interviews are regularly uploaded to this page, so don’t forget to check in now and then. You can also listen to the back catalogue of ABC interviews on our Soundcloud page, plus podcasts, lectures and public talk recordings. 

SLWA on ABC Radio
The earthquake that shook the wheatbelt town of Meckering in 1968 was a terrifying event for those that experienced it and remains deeply etched in the memories of many 52 years after the event.
SLWA on ABC Radio
This week we talk music, and in particular the private archive of John Exton, who taught at the University of Western Australia’s Music Department between 1966 and 1988.
SLWA on ABC Radio
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.
SLWA on ABC Radio
A range of separate but connected collection items and 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.
SLWA on ABC Radio
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.
SLWA on ABC Radio
Dr Kate looks at a collection that is widely acknowledged as one of the State Library's treasures – the Freycinet Collection.
SLWA on ABC Radio
Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, discusses something a bit unexpected in the State archives collection: banned bumper stickers.
Wildflower photography
SLWA on ABC Radio
This week,  just in time for wildflower season Dr Kate immerses us in the beautiful photography of Hilda Wright.
The Secession Movement
SLWA on ABC Radio
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.
Oral History
SLWA on ABC Radio
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.
It's in here, at the State Library building
SLWA on ABC Radio
This week Damien Hassan, Senior Archivist at the State Records Office, talks about the Police Department’s “UFO File” held in the State archives collection.
SLWA on ABC Radio
A 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.
This page last updated on 30 March 2022