Stories

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These stories come from the items in our collection.

Small towns & regional cities
Nyabing is a small town in the Great Southern region of Western Australia 319 km south east of Perth. Its population is around 290 people.
WA Reflections 2021 project
SLWA on ABC Radio
Join Dr Adam Trainer from the State Library with HiFi Club President Colin Nichol and filmmaker Dominic Pratt as they discuss the WA Reflections project and the first film to be launched from it – Generation Hi-Fi.
WA history
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.
SLWA on ABC Radio
Listen to Dr Kate on ABC Radio Perth 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.
WA history
Robin Miller fought against gender expectations and sterotypes to deliver vaccines to the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
(1876 – 1968)
SLWA on ABC Radio
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.
Aboriginal stories
SLWA on ABC Radio
ABC Radio Perth discussion about Mavis Phillips (nee Walley 1921–1982) one of Australia’s earliest known Indigenous photographers.
Out of Touch
Stories
Funded by the State Library, this collection of stories documents 15 experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Australia in early 2020.
Small towns & regional cities
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.
WA history
Do you remember the Red Castle Motel at 200 Great Eastern Highway in Rivervale?
WA history
For many years Kate trudged Fremantle’s streets selling newspapers and was described as one of the "best-known identities of Fremantle".
Aboriginal stories
In 1907 a number of Noongar people were gathered for a public corroboree performance which was captured in a series of photographs.