Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Asians and Afghans in Eucla with camels 1900
Unpick the often-mistold history of ‘camel men’ and their social, cultural and economic contribution to Western Australia. Delve into the origins of South Asian migration to Australia in the late nineteenth century and learn about the adventurers who built a life against the odds.
Aboriginal family in camp in the South West ca1905
Past/Present Future
Utilising photographs from Storylines, the exhibition provides examples of Aboriginal architecture and design from the late 19th century to the present to showcase the unique skills and practices steeped in cultural knowledge.
Ella and Faulkner Mackay looking at photograph album
Cherished Family Momentos from the Collection
The Keepsake exhibition examines why mementos and everyday objects often hold the key to family history and ultimately shape who and how we identify ourselves. Showcasing cherished family moments from the State Library’s collection.

Online Exhibitions

Taimac SBS filming an advertisement for Jeans West in the studio 28 May 1987
This online exhibition brings together advertising and promotional photographs from the State Library’s diverse collection of photographs by Stevenson, Kinder & Scott Corporate Photography.
STUFF exhibition promotion image 1 - Checking maps JS Battye Library of West Australian History and State Archives 1969
History, Home, Family, Love, Identity … and why we collect it
Behind every collection or pile of Stuff! is a collector moved by the secrets or human stories accompanying each object. In Stuff!, we asked State Library staff to select items from our collection that resonated with them. The result is a personal and surprising scrapbook of WA history.
Laurel Nannup exhibition - First Contact maquette
What Road Are You Going To Take?
Step inside and take a virtual tour of the Laurel Nannup: What Road Are You Going To Take? exhibition. The exhibition brought together major printmaking works from celebrated artist Laurel Nannup, traversing her early life through 'child eyes' as a member of the Stolen Generation.