Open House Perth 2013

The Perth History Centre was a ‘Friend of Open House Perth’ this year. As part of our sponsorship, we supplied images of Northbridge to project onto the Perth Cultural Centre screen.

Congratulations and many thanks to Open House Perth, photographer Bob Litchfield for giving us permission to display his work on the Cultural Centre screen and to the History Centre and Library team for helping out prior to and on the weekend.

Check out some of the action below!

  • Cardboard tower construction in Forrest Place
  • Cardboard tower construction in Forrest Place
  • Cardboard tower construction in Forrest Place
  • Some of the History Centre team. Photographer: Bob Litchfield.
  • History Centre images on Perth Cultural Centre screen
  • History Centre images on Perth Cultural Centre screen
  • History Centre images on Perth Cultural Centre screen

Girt By Sea documentary

ABC Arts TV and Perth International Arts Festival are creating a documentary ‘Girt By Sea’. This documentary will be created from Super 8 footage and archival footage taken from the National Film and Sound Archive and the ABC Archives and will focus on the varying connections that Australians have to our coastline.

The call has been made for members of the public to contribute related footage from their own collections towards this project. The documentary will initially be screened at the Perth International Arts Festival in February 2014 and then broadcast on ABC TV.

This is a great opporunity for you to revisit your own film collection and to think about preserving what you have for the future (and a fantastic way to share your treaures!)

For more information and to get involved, visit the Girt By Sea website.

First concrete pour on Perth City Library site

On the afternoon of Monday 19 August, the Manager of Perth City Library watched the first concrete pour in the construction of the new Perth City Library site. The pour was on the plaza area and the first pour on the library site is scheduled to occur in three weeks time.

Check out some of the action below.

Don’t know much about our new library? Check out the Cathedral + Treasury Precinct website or the City’s website.

  • Photographer: Cheryl Parrott
  • Photographer: Cheryl Parrott
  • Photographer: Cheryl Parrott
  • Photographer: Cheryl Parrott

Rat destruction!

According to the Lord Mayor’s Reports from the early 1940’s, rats in the City were a major problem.

Franklyn Higgs, Chief Health Inspector for the City, stated in the 1943-1944 report ‘rigorous action has been taken to keep in check the rat problem…our staff of 5 men [full-time] specially devoted to the work of supervision and instruction and advice to Householders…warning notices displayed at City Picture Theatres and the payment of a bonus for all rats delivered to the Department…’.

In 1942-1943, the Council decided that the bonus would be 6d. The warning notices in the theatres consisted of slides about rat destruction and showed on the screens of six theatres in the central portion of the City.

From 1943-1944, 8,471 rat baits were laid, 18,207 rat traps were set and 9,996 rats known to be killed.

Have you seen a rat in the CIty recently???

Curious to find out more? You can view the Lord Mayor’s Reports at the History Centre.

Browning Fountain

Did you know about the Browning Fountain on the corner of St George’s Terrace and Barrack Street? (Where the Alexander Forrest statue now stands).

This newspaper article from The West Australian on Monday 15 May 1893 will give you some contextual information regarding the fountain’s inception (click on picture to view larger image)

Keen to find out more? Marten Wiggerman has been researching the fountain and has kindly compiled and donated information and pictures (which tells about the fate of the fountain!), available to view in the History Centre. Quote the call number Q 731 BRO and the History Centre staff will locate it for you.

Have you been doing some research on a lost or hidden aspect of Perth’s history? We would love to chat with you! Leave us a comment on this post or contact us via the details under the About Us tab.