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Tales from the wreckage of the Georgette
Step back in time to a piece of Western Australian history in this children's exhibition about a shipwreck, a daring rescue and those involved.
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.
A collaborative and visual experience that provides an opportunity for young people to share their personal stories, thoughts, artistry and passions by filling a small sketchbook. This year the exhibition was designed by artist Jake Pitcher.

Upcoming Events

To celebrate the WA Museum Boola Bardip's Wonderland exhibition, the State Library brings you a selection of 'Alice in Wonderland' book editions from our Research Collection of Children's Literature.
Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am
Volunteers from the FHWA provide extra assistance to family history researchers. Please note this service is run by volunteers and may not always be available.
Weekly on Thursday at 3:00pm until Thu 30 Mar 2023
Roam a closed adventure park, explore an iconic Iwanoff home or fly from the ground to the sky as Perth's building history grows around you. Explore three immersive virtual reality experiences.
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Thu 6 Apr 2023
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Monthly on the first Sunday at 2:00pm
Comics are for everyone! An ongoing event for comic book creators of all levels - from aspiring to hobbyists to professionals. Each month members of the Perth comic arts scene meet to talk about what they’re working on and share skills.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Thu 6 Apr 2023
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.
Journalism and Creative Writing with Molly Schmidt
In this workshop, journalist and author Molly Schmidt will discuss how her journalism career and writing practice are mutually informative and support each other. Learn how to develop a pitch and interview questions to kickstart your story.
Monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00pm until Wed 19 Apr 2023
A monthly online digital book club. Every month join author David Allan-Petale in conversation with a new author to discuss there book.
Getting started
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30pm
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
A talk exploring new discoveries on the OldPerth website, discover how to search for photos via a map interface and test your knowledge of OldPerth.
Explore the city's migrant heritage with 1 hour guided walking trail guided by the State Library education team. 

Awards, Grants, Fellowships & Projects

Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Find out about available community, public library and Better Beginnings Grants.
Corridors of Blissterday winning submission is by Sze Tsang, who releases music under the name Samarobryn,
This page last updated on 7 March 2023