Stories

Recent Stories

These stories come from the items in our collection.

Aboriginal stories
Ivy Mallard recalls an astonishing day in 1941 when she heard the sounds of battle from her verrandah on Carrarang Station.
Aboriginal stories
The first Aboriginal newspaper in Western Australia, published by the Coolbaroo League - a Perth-based Aboriginal civil rights and social organisation.
SLWA on ABC Radio
Richard Woldendorp is a renowned Australian photographer known for his shots of Australian landscapes that have a painterly quality to them.
Aboriginal stories
The first remote school in Western Australia, located inside a limestone cave.
Letters, stories, maps and cigarette cards
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
Peter Edwards, Heritage Team Librarian, discusses original ANZAC materials from the State Library archives.
Aboriginal stories
We stand on ancient ground. The Perth CBD area was originally home to a chain of seasonal wetlands and lakes.
SLWA on ABC Radio
William Bold was appointed Town Clerk of the City Perth in September 1901, he was the youngest in any Australian capital city.
Posters from Connections Nightclub
WA history
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.
WA history
As a commander of the ill-fated ship Batavia, Dutch merchant Francisco Pelsaert documented the adventures and misfortunes in his journal.
SLWA on ABC Radio
WA history
Edith Cowan was one of Western Australia’s most important social reformers and a notable champion of women’s rights.
WA history

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

WA history
A life-long love for research and history meant Dr Rica Erickson was a regular at the State Library.