Stories

Recent Stories

These stories come from the items in our collection.

Death and Dying interview series
A collection of stories exploring the most inevitable part of life.
Podcasts
Stories aiming to break the taboo of talking about death and dying, through sharing the real experiences of West Australians who have experienced it first-hand.
Royal visit inspecting motorcycle police escort 1954
1926 -2022
WA history
Queen Elizabeth ll was the first reigning monarch of Australia to travel the country, first visiting WA in 1954, with her last visit in 2011. See a gallery of images and a video of her visits to WA.
Masked shoppers in Northbridge during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020
WA history
The State Library's collection of WA COVID-19 images continues to grow, thanks to you. See highlights and find out how to donate.
Senior Conservator Cristina Albillos
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
Senior Conservator Cristina Allbillos joins Dr Kate on ABC radio to explore the incredible story of the survivors from the Blenden Hall shipwreck who were marooned for months on Inaccessible Island in 1821.
Harry Butler with a goanna Barrow Island 1979
Conservationist and naturalist
SLWA on ABC Radio
Dr Kate explores the life of Harry Butler (1930-2015). He was an Australian naturalist, environmental consultant and conservationist, best known for the ABC TV series "In the Wild" from 1976-81.
Maawit Mart Baby Ways in Noongar and English
Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book launched
News
Aboriginal stories
Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book launched
Capt and Mrs J S Roe and family
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
Join Dr Kate with Professor Jane Lydon, the Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at UWA, discussing some of the oldest and most precious treasures held within the State Library collections – daguerreotypes, an early form of photography.
Portrait of Randolph Stow
SLWA on ABC Radio
Join Dr Kate as she explores the life and cultural legacy of WA writer Randolph Stow.
Photograph of Katherine Susannah Prichard
The Red Witch
SLWA on ABC Radio
Dr Kate explores the archives and writing of Katharine Susannah Prichard (1883-1969) with her biographer Dr Nathan Hobby. Katharine Susannah Prichard is one of Australia’s most beloved authors, who depicted a new vision of Australia within her writing.
Serventy family books
SLWA on ABC Radio
Join Dr Kate as she delves into the Serventy family archives held by the State Library.
Stevie at the Red House brothel Hay Street Kalgoorlie 1990
Joan a sex worker in the 1940s
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
ABC Perth radio interview with Jules Kim, the CEO of the Scarlett Alliance, about Joan who was a sex worker and ran brothels in Perth in the 1940s and 50s.
DSCF1765Julie Raffaele Battye Fellow
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
Dr Kate and Julie Raffaele, discuss her research into the Smelters' Camp (aka Robb Jetty Camp) - a transient person's campsite that existed for over half a century (1898 to 1960) among the dunes of Cockburn Sound and was originally an Aboriginal gathering place.