Recent Stories

These stories come from the items in our collection.

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.
Robin Miller fought against gender expectations and sterotypes to deliver vaccines to the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
(1876 – 1968)
Listen to Dr Kate explore the legacy of Kathleen O’Connor and her significance as an artist with a distinctive body of work as a painter, through the State Library’s private archive collection.
Mavis Phillips (nee Walley 1921–1982) is one of Australia’s earliest known Indigenous photographers.
Out of Touch
Funded by the State Library, this collection of stories documents 15 experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Australia in early 2020.
Rockingham is situated on the coast 47 kilometres south of Perth. The Noongar aboriginal people traversed the region for up to 45,000 years until they were joined by the European settlers.
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".
In 1907 a number of Noongar people were gathered for a public corroboree performance which was captured in a series of photographs.
Ivy Mallard recalls an astonishing day in 1941 when she heard the sounds of battle from her verrandah on Carrarang Station.
The first Aboriginal newspaper in Western Australia, published by the Coolbaroo League - a Perth-based Aboriginal civil rights and social organisation.
Richard Woldendorp is a renowned Australian photographer known for his shots of Australian landscapes that have a painterly quality to them.