WA history

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.
"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.
The Rabbit-Proof Fence has in recent years become synonymous with the ‘Stolen Generation’ through the 2002 film which explored the subject of Aboriginal children being forcibly removed from their parents by racist colonial government policy.
The State Library partnered with Screenwest to deliver the WA Reflections initiative. WA filmmakers created five short documentaries and a VR experience to transform and showcase stories from the Library's collections.
Robin Miller fought against gender expectations and sterotypes to deliver vaccines to the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
Do you remember the Red Castle Motel at 200 Great Eastern Highway in Rivervale?
For many years Kate trudged Fremantle’s streets selling newspapers and was described as one of the "best-known identities of Fremantle".
Posters from Connections Nightclub
Many think that 'treasures' have to be old - we do not believe this. Many of our treasures are simple items that reflect what was happening at the time.
As a commander of the ill-fated ship Batavia, Dutch merchant Francisco Pelsaert documented the adventures and misfortunes in his journal.
Edith Cowan was one of Western Australia’s most important social reformers and a notable champion of women’s rights.

The Reading Room was named in honour of Leah Jane Cohen and her generous bequest to the Library Board.