Five minutes with Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes –Odgers is a Western Australian artist and author known for his innovative illustrative style and public art.  Dazzling original illustrations from his new book On a Small Island are on display now at the State Library of Western Australia.

We spent some time hearing from Kyle about the inspiration and ideas behind his work. Here’s what he had to say…

Kyle Hughes-Odgers: Photo by Chad Peacock

Kyle Hughes-Odgers in his studio: Photo by Chad Peacock

1. Describe your book making process. Which comes first for you, the narrative, illustration, or the idea?

I had the initial idea for On a Small Island and I could visualise the flow of the artwork and some ideas I wanted to explore. I sketched all the artwork as a story board, then wrote the narrative to work with the images. After this the painting process started. For my next book the narrative has been very clear from the start so I have focused on developing this before starting any artwork. So I don’t seem to have a consistent process when approaching books.

2. You are known for your picture book illustrations and public art. How do you switch between extremes of scale and medium?

I love working across many different scales. I like the challenge of painting buildings and getting to spend time outside but I also love when I have time to be in the studio and work on paintings, drawings and children’s books. The variety keeps me slightly sane and it’s great to change my head space!

3. Your illustrations for On a Small Island include a lot of repetition, geometric shapes, and a variety of textures. How did this style evolve?

Very naturally – I think because I am constantly driven to make new work, the time spent exploring ideas and techniques has helped develop and progress my work to what it is today. I’m sure in another 5 -10 years it will have evolved again.

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On a Small Island exhibition. Photo: State Library of Western Australia

4. You grew up in and currently reside in Perth. Is there anything unique or iconic about the Western Australian environment that influences your work? 

There are many unique and iconic aspects to the Western Australian environment, but I’m not sure it has had a direct influence on my artwork. I’m inspired by many different parts of life

5. Would you describe On a Small Island as more universal or more autobiographical?

I wrote it with a universal reach in mind, but I do connect with it personally. I think the idea of being positive and productive to change your situation is something that most people can connect with.

6. In 2012 you collaborated with author Meg McKinlay to produce the book Ten Tiny Things. What was it like to be both author and illustrator with On a Small Island? How was it different or similar to working on Ten Tiny Things?

The artwork process was fairly similar in terms of planning and creating, the writing process was challenging compared to making artwork for Ten Tiny Things. I’m a very visual person and have never thought of myself as a writer so it was something I was really excited about but also cautious because it is very new ground for me.

7. Where do you find your creativity? Which artists and authors inspire you?

I’m really inspired by nature, creativity, human behavior and life! I draw/paint every single day and I really love it. My favourite illustrator of all time (at the moment) is Charley Harper.

A number of original illustrations from On a Small Island have been included in the State Library of Western Australia’s Children’s Literature Collection. The exhibition is on display in The Place on the Mezzanine floor, State Library of Western Australia and is open until 28 February. For more information visit our website.

On a Small Island exhibition. Photo: State Library of Western Australia

J J Talbot Hobbs’ WWI diaries online

Landing at Gallipoli (ANZAC 1915), BA780/23

Landing at Gallipoli (ANZAC 1915), BA780/23

Sunday April 25th off Anzac Cove
“6 a.m. Enemy commenced firing on ships. Some shell fell within 150 yds of Minnewaska. Launches & boats returned bringing some dead & wounded. Watching shell falling on our men ashore. We have not landed at the place where it was intended but to the north of it.”

“Conference of Gen. Birdwood, Gen. Bridges & staff as to whether we shall clear out or try & hang on. The position is extremely serious. I could not from where I was sitting help hearing the discussion. I think they would decide to clear out but the Navy can’t do it (take us off) so they have decided to stay if we can hold on.”

April 28th. Wednesday
“The stream of wounded at Beach Hospital continues. Some have most ghastly wounds but heard no moaning no complaint.”

Joseph John Talbot Hobbs, 1919, 011114D

Joseph John Talbot Hobbs, 1919, 011114D

These extracts are taken from the first volume of Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs’ personal diaries which were kindly donated to the State Library by his descendants. The five volumes cover the period from April 1915 through to July 1919 and have recently been digitised and made available online.

Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs is well known and respected in Western Australia as both an architect and soldier. At the outbreak of World War One he was given command of the artillery of the 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Force and went to Gallipoli. Later he served in France, commanding the 5th Division. In 1918 he was largely responsible for the recapture of Villers-Bretonneux.

After the war he took a keen interest in the commemoration of war dead through memorials and, sadly, he died at sea while en route to Villers-Bretonneux for the unveiling of the war memorial there in 1938.

Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries
Notes on tour of Australian cemeteries and war memorials in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium, 1930
Australian Dictionary of Biography entry

MEMORI: Live Action Escape Room

Friday 21 November – Sunday 23 November
State Library of Western Australia, Kimberley room

Are you interested in the mysteries of the human brain?
Perhaps you are experiencing deja vu right now?
Have you ever considered being a test lab subject?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’re the person (or animal, or robot) that we are looking for. BAISMENT Labs, a top secret research centre located underneath the State Library of Western Australia, have begun an exciting project that will break new ground (and minds) – scientifically and historically. We have developed a new device which enables direct connection between our computers and the minds of anyone (living or dead), allowing us to view and record anything and everything. What could go wrong?

Whilst the full details of the project are considered highly confidential, we are looking for new members to join our team of memory explorers — or MEMORInauts — who will be tasked with the memory exploration and recording.

MEMORI: Live Action Escape Room

MEMORI is a live action escape room experience at the State Library.  Come as an individual or a team, and test your wits against an array of puzzles.

Created by FTI’s Excalibur Productions and Games We Play, MEMORI incorporates historical Western Australian documents from the State Library into a fun, sci-fi themed challenge.

MEMORI is presented as part of the State Library of Western Australia’s 125th anniversary celebrations and is supported by the State Library Foundation and Lotterywest.  Book now to secure your place.

Be Inspired @ The State Library
Public Talk Series –  MEMORI
Tuesday 25 November 6pm

State Library Theatre

In addition to the escape room experience, a free public talk will provide a behind the scenes insight into the production of the escape room experience. Not to be missed! Register now to secure your seat.

Stimulate your little grey cells…

And now for something completely different…  The State Library is hosting a weekend of Disruption.

Disrupted Festival of Ideas

In association with writingWA, the State Library will host International, Australian and local creative thinkers as they explore democracy, game changers, languages and technology through discussion, debate, film and song.
And 90% of it is FREE
So if you are interested in stimulating your little grey cells have a look at the program.

Make a day of it. Spend Saturday and/or Sunday being entertained and inspired and follow up with a meal in the Northbridge restaurant precinct.

Special guests include:

Michael Mori

Michael Mori

Michael Mori (the military lawyer who represented David Hicks, the Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee).

Scott Ludlum

Scott Ludlam

Environmental and social justice campaigner (and former graphic designer) Greens Senator Scott Ludlam

Paul Barry

Paul Barry

Media Watch presenter, journalist and author Paul Barry

Paul Green-Armytage

Paul Green-Armytage

Author of Dimensions of colour and Colour, language and design (his thesis) Paul Green-Armytage

Neryl Joyce

Neryl Joyce

Neryl Joyce, former commissioned officer in the Australian army, manager of Christmas Island detention centre, and author of  Mercenary Mum; my journey from young mother to Baghdad bodyguard.

Free events you might like to attend:

Comedian Sami Shah presents I, Migrant – Watch Sami try to figure out what he is doing wrong – and how to keep doing it.

Dangerous Speech
This panel will reflect on the rise of dangerous speech in Australia and consider whether our politicians and media commentators are leading us towards an ugly nationalism.
Presented by Sophie Black, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sen. Scott Ludlam, Michael Mori, and Sami Shah.

Journalism is not terrorism
In a post 9/11 world, is freedom of the press still a possibility?
Speakers: Sophie Black, Paul Barry and Professor Sarah Joseph.

The Ownership of Colour
“Cadbury Purple”? “Telstra Yellow”?  How is it even possible – technically
or legally – to claim ownership of colour.
Presented by Mark Braddock, Paul Green-Armytage, David Stewart

Gene Patenting – is it good for our health? 
Should pharmaceutical companies be allowed to patent our genetic material?
Presented by Lucy Dougan, Hon Melissa Parke MP (TBC), David Stewart, Prof Nik Zeps

Fireballs in the Sky
Meteorites are the oldest rocks in existence: the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system. The Desert Fireball Network (DFN) is a network of digital cameras in the outback desert of Australia which capture photographs of the night sky. The DFN is supported by a citizen science initiative that allows the public to provide its own data and share the discoveries as they are made. Prof. Phil Bland explains how this program could help us to address some of the biggest questions in planetary science.
The Fireballs in the Sky exhibition will be on display for the duration of Disrupted.

Regional Australia in Transition
What types of disruption arise from transient and significantly increased populations?  How are individuals affected? What are the challenges for planners and designers?
Speakers: Jenni Collard, Kate Fielding and William M. Taylor.

Detention Centres – the graphic reality
In 2013 the Australian Department of Customs and Border Protection produced an 18-page graphic novel to inform “people in Afghanistan about the truth of people smuggling”. It painted a bleak picture of life inside Australia’s offshore detention centres. A valuable perspective to the discussion of Australia’s asylum seeker policies and programs and insight into the impact these programs have on both detainees and staff.
Presented by Neryl Joyce and Graeme McGregor.

Treat yourself to some challenging and thought-provoking discussions.

Select and book at www.disruptedfestivalofideas.com.au
Download the Program of Events

Disrupted Program

New family history record sets now available online

Don’t forget to check regularly for updates to Ancestry and Findmypast online collections. We have listed some of the most recent additions below.

Happy hunting!

Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861 - 1919

Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861 – 1919

 

 

 

 

Ancestry
Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861-1919
This collection of crew lists held by the Liverpool Record Office includes records for 912 ships whose home port was registered as Liverpool, England. The lists contain information on ship voyages, crew members, and apprentices. Many of the records are grouped together as agreement booklets or ships’ logs.  Crew lists vary in detail but generally give year of birth, town, county or country where born, ship in which the mariner last sailed, pay, etc. as well as date, place and cause of leaving ship.

Also, check out the extensive new German records recently added.
From the Ancestry home page select Recently added/updated collections from the Quick Links box. Then either browse the list or do a keyword search using the term Germany.

The State Library (SLWA) provides free access to Ancestry within the SLWA building and at public libraries throughout WA.

Findmypast
London Apprenticeship Abstracts  1442 – 1850
Nearly 500,000 names are indexed including apprentices, their parents and masters. Please note that seventy percent of the apprentices originate from outside of London.

Apprentice shoemaker

London Apprenticeship Abstracts, 1442 – 1850

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warwickshire, Birmingham burials 1833-2010
Usually list the deceased’s name, year of birth, year of death, year of burial, place of burial  and register number.

Other new Findmypast records sets from London and Surrey
The Surrey and City of London Livery Company Association Oath rolls, 1695-96
London Consistory Court Depositions Index 1700-1713
The Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index 1700-1807
The Sussex, Eastbourne Monumental Inscriptions 1610-2008
Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1751
Greater London Burials 1399-1902

These sets of records are invaluable information sources that just might take your family tree back before the introduction of  civil registration.

Transcription - London Apprenticeships

Transcription – London Apprenticeships

 

 

 

 

 

Findmypast is available for free for users within the State Library.  Some public libraries also provide free access to Findmypast.

 

North Metropolitan Health Services Kambarang Day, Midland 9th October

Yellow Everlastings

Yellow Everlastings road to Carnarvon

Kambarang – Wildflower season (season of birth) October – November

North Metropolitan Health Services Kambarang Day,  Midland  9th October

Family History Subject Specialists Tricia Fairweather and Leonie Hayes recently attended Kambarang Day at Midland. Appropriately, it was a typical balmy spring day that attracted a good crowd.
The purpose of Kambarang Day is to create awareness in Indigenous communities of health and allied services available and to promote healthy living. There was live music, a petting zoo (very cute piglet), cooking demonstrations, fresh fruit, free health checks and all manner of advice available.
We were attending to support our Indigenous Specialist Damien Webb to promote Storylines the State Library website that has been developed to make our digitised indigenous heritage material available online to Aboriginal people.

Bessie Flower

Anne Camfield (seated) and Bessie Flower, 1860s

Storylines is a growing database of photographs and documents relating to Aboriginal people. So many photographs from our collections have only the original captions: “group of natives at…” or “aboriginal man with spear”. Making them available online is not only a way of returning them but is also helping us to identify many of the individuals in the photographs .

Carol and Max, Warburton Mission, 1958-1961

Carol and Max, Warburton Mission, 1958-1961

We have found demonstrating Storylines to be very rewarding and it has given us a great sense of how close knit the community is. Our experience has encompassed the excitement of a young boy on being shown a delightful photograph of his auntie as a young girl and an elderly gentleman identifying his grandfather and other relatives in a family group.

Domestic science class

Karalundi Mission, September 1960, domestic science class.

Violinist, Derby 1948.

Violinist, Derby 1948.

As well as promoting Storylines we were able to assist many people with general and specific enquiries about family history. The day also provided us a welcome opportunity to network with other stallholders and exchange information about the various services we all have to offer.
As Librarians, we were particularly delighted with the stall for Ngala, a provider of early childhood services, that had a selection of some of the most popular picture books as giveaways. We swapped information about our Better Beginnings early literacy programs and left brochures detailing these as well as our eresources for family history.
We were also able to demonstrate our children’s eresources to some youngsters, their older siblings, parents and grandparents. They were particularly taken with Busythings  a fun online suite of games and activities that help children to develop literacy and numeracy while having great fun.
It was a very productive day for us with the added benefit of having an excellent time – although I did have to reluctantly relinquish my freebie yo-yo to a very appealing (and pleading) child.

Early Perth photograph album digitised

Mill Point from Mt Eliza and little Lizzie, 6909B/23

Mill Point from Mt Eliza and little Lizzie, 6909B/23

A fascinating album of some of the earliest photographs of Perth has recently been digitised and made available through the State Library catalogue. The photographer is Alfred Hawes Stone who compiled the album for his daughter, Fanny, on the occasion of her marriage to George Hampton in 1868.

Alfred Hawes Stone was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England and arrived in Western Australia on the Caroline in October 1829. In 1831 he was issued a permit to practise law and this was followed by a succession of official appointments including Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages in 1841, making him Western Australia’s first Registrar. Together with his brother, Frederick, who followed Alfred out to the colony in 1831, he established a firm of solicitors originally called A H & G F Stone. Alfred eventually rose to the position of Attorney-General.

Outside his professional life he was a keen musician and gardener and, most importantly for the Library, was an avid photographer in what were the early days of photography. The album comprises 146 photographs most of which were taken during the period 1860 to 1868 and bears the following inscription:

“Fanny Annette Hampton from her affectionate father A.H. Stone with his blessing & fondest love. 30th October 1868.”

The photographs capture scenes in and around Perth and Fremantle as well as images of family and other members of Perth society at that time. You can see Perth Town Hall during construction, the Pensioners’ Barracks, Government House, the Bishop’s Palace and more. Some images are delightfully informal, such as the one featured here with Alfred’s grand-daughter, Lizzie, in the foreground.

It has been difficult to accurately date some photographs and some of the subjects are not fully identified. We welcome any further information you may be able to supply about individual photographs. This can be done by filling in the online form that appears once you click onto a photograph to enlarge it.

If you are interested in reading more about Alfred Hawes Stone, there is an excellent book on him entitled Court and Camera: the life and times of A.H. Stone: a pioneer lawyer & photographer in Perth. Copies are available to view in the Battye Library (3rd floor) or may be purchased in the State Library Bookshop.

View the Stone album of photographs of early Perth and Fremantle or alternatively go to our online catalogue and type ‘stone album’ under keyword and select State Library Pictures from the drop-down box. The first result is for the album and the other results are the individual catalogue records for each photograph. Many of these have additional information in the notes or summary.

More regional WA newspapers added to Trove

Eastern Districts Chronicle: York

Eastern Districts Chronicle: York

For those researching their WA families, their home towns or historic events in Western Australia, Trove provides a window into the past.
Hosted by the National Library of Australia, Trove is the portal to Australian online resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music and archives. The most popular part of Trove is the Digitised newspapers and more section, an historical collection of searchable city and rural newspapers from around Australia.
Eight new Western Australian newspaper titles covering the period 1877 – 1954 have recently been added to Trove.
They are:
Eastern Districts Chronicle (York:  1877 – 1927)
Great Southern Herald (Katanning:  1901 – 1954)
Norseman Times (1898 – 1920)
The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar:  1897 – 1923)
South Western Advertiser (Perth:  1910 – 1954)
The South-Western News (Busselton:  1903 – 1949)
Toodyay Herald (1912 – 1954)
Westralian Worker (Perth: 1900 – 1951)

Unlike many historical newspaper databases from overseas Trove is free to access – so follow our link and start your historical journey now!
Trove digitised newspapers and more.

The dentist who conquered the centre of the Ottoman Empire

The State Library’s conservation team was approached to authenticate a number of documents from WWI.  These maps belonged to Lieutenant Arthur Olden, a Western Australian Army Lieutenant who received the surrender of the city Damascus, the centre of the Ottoman Empire and now capital of Syria.

Damascus was recorded next to Jerusalem as the most the most coveted prize of the whole front.

On 1 October 1918, Lieutenant Olden led a hazardous but completely successful sunrise attack on the city of Damascus. The 3rd Light Horse Brigade vanguard galloped through the centre of the city at a time when it was occupied by over 15,000 troops to conquer one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Olden took the honour from Lawrence of Arabia who arrived several hours later to conquer the city himself.

A trained dentist, Arthur Charles Niquet Olden served in Western Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment in the First World War. As Lieutenant he formally accepted surrender of the city by way of a remarkable document which hailed him as ‘the first British officer to enter Damascus, in the bravest manner known of the Saxon race’ this document is now held by his grandson along with a series of maps.

The series of maps included secret plans used by the Light Horse Regiment, and were used not only in this attack, but also in other campaigns.  A number of these maps contained hand written battle notes and hand marked routes of attack, which increased the complexity of conservation, but assisted with the authentication.

The State Library’s Conservation team undertook restorative work as well as the digitisation of the maps for MagoFilms who are producing a documentary for the ABC on Great War Horses. We now hold a digitised copy of the maps http://catalogue.slwa.wa.gov.au/record=b3704957~S2, further enriching our collection of items with Western Australian Social and Historical significance.

Amongst other historical newspapers of the time, the State Library holds a copy from a 1919 edition of The Western Australian which details the events leading up to and including the handover of Damascus. For access to the digital version, go to: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27613327

Turkey, Gallipoli, 1908. slwa_b3704957_2

Turkey, Gallipoli, 1908

 

 

 

 

Reading Time is now online!

Hi everyone,
Some of you may have received Reading Time, the national journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia in hard copy over the years.
It has had a make-over and is now online – lots of lovely stuff, including info about the judges and book reviews – check it out here: http://readingtime.com.au

(You can see a sneak peek of the CBW merchandise design by Ron Brooks, but please order from the WA Branch, as we use the funds in many creative ways here in WA. The order form will be available online on the WA Branch website, and will be sent out as a hard-copy in mid-May.)

Enjoy,
Jo