Visit our new exhibition in The Gallery on the Ground Floor of the State Library of Western Australia.
How do you vote?
Discover how political parties and candidates persuade you to support them in the polls by exploring fascinating items from our collections: how-to-vote cards from 1904 to the present, newspapers covering Australian elections and much more.
A how-to-vote card from 1915
Reflect on milestones in Australian election history, and discover some of the issues that have affected voting from the past to the present. Witness how campaigning has changed over time and decide what influences YOU at election time.
1996 X files inspired Labor Party campaign material
When: 8 July – 21 October 2013 Where: The Gallery, Ground Floor
Entry is FREE. Open during State Library hours.
Professor David Black and Professor Brian De Garis at the opening ceremony of Majority Rules.
We’re looking for feedback on our WAPLDMC (Western Australia Public Libraries Digital Media Collection) ebooks service. We’d love you to help by completing our 5 minute survey – please click the survey button on the WAPLDMC home page.
If you haven’t already checked out this collection please take a look at the service, check out an ebook or audio book, then come back and complete the survey!
If you are accessing WAPLDMC via an app on a tablet or smart phone, use this link to go directly to the survey.
Douglas Firth, proprietor of BIBLIO FOLIO, will provide conservation advice on paper based objects including books, pamphlets, artworks on paper, and board games etc. at the Santa Maria College in Attadale on Friday July 29 from 1.30 to 3.30pm.
Douglas Firth has a wealth of experience in book and paper conservation, gained while working in the public and private sector.
He has been involved with the conservation of many items in the Archives Office of New South Wales, Westpac Archives New South Wales, State Library of Western Australia, and State Archives of Western Australia. He was involved in the rescue of fire damaged materials after the Hal Missingham Studio fire of 1986, and has the privilege to have bound books for Her Majesty the Queen, the Duyfken Replica logbook, and preservation boxes for many rare books.
Along with archival conservation he has also conserved many works of art on paper by Australian artists and has developed a special interest in Western Australian artists. BIBLIO FOLIO also offers a frame restoration service for customers wishing to maintain historical accuracy for their work of art.
For more information about this session please telephone 9457 7960. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Wednesday July 26. Cost for the session is $25.
Please bring along any objects you would like assessed for conservation to the session.
Are you being bombarded with campaign material for the upcoming federal election? Most of us will quickly send this material to our recycling bins, but this ephemeral material is also the stuff of history.
The State Library is endeavouring to collect as much Western Australian – 2010 Federal Election ephemera materials as possible for its WA Heritage Collection.
Polling Booths 1940
So, if you have received candidate or party leaflets/flyers, letters, campaign materials, how-to-vote cards, posters, etc for your local candidates or electorate– don’t throw them out— we would love to receive them.
The State Library is currently preparing its Strategic Directions document for 2009-2011. We are interested in your comments. Topics that have been raised to date which you may like to comment on include:
How important is digital access? Should this be a primary focus for the next three years?
Collecting contemporary material is always difficult. How can we capture what is being created and continue to tell the Western Australian story?
Relationships, partnerships and collaborations are very important to us. How can we enhance these?
How can we best work with public libraries?
Who are our customers and what do they want? How will this change in the next five years?