This photograph was among a series taken of Toodyay and district in ca. 1923. Do you know what and where this building is/was? Could it possibly be the Culham Agricultural Hall opened in 1899?
We were saddened this week to read of the death of West Australian poet Alec Choate.
Alec Choate was born in England in 1915 and migrated to Western Australia in 1922. He was educated at Gwelup Primary School and Hale School. He served in the AIF in the Middle East and the Pacific in the Second World War. After the war he worked as a surveyor with the Public Works Department.
He published seven collections of poetry and edited Summerland: A Western Australian Sesquicentenary Anthology of Poetry and Prose (1979). He won numerous awards including the 1997 Premier’s Book Award for Poetry for his collected war poems, The Wheels of Hama.
You can read more about Alec Choate’s life in:
If you are visiting the State Library soon you may wish to try our newest electronic resources (only available within the State Library building) :
For students, teachers and general users. Its broad and diverse collection of resources includes interactive maps,a range of Macquarie dictionaries,daily ABC news feeds, images and interactive Learning Trails
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One of the the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online offering close to 22,600 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums.
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Do you remember swimming classes in the River, prawning parties by lamp light, boating and yachting? Do you remember ferry trips, picnics by the River? Have you camped by the river, caught a fish, swum with your horse, or jumped off a cliff or a bridge into the River?
What are some of the events that you have attended on the Perth Esplanade? Have you been attacked by a shark? Did you ever eat a hamburger or dance at Bernies? Are you old enough to have visited Perth’s White City and what was it like before the Government closed it down for reasons of morality? Please share your story with others by emailing your story to Sue Graham-Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Library of Western Australia is interested in acquiring copies of a magazine called “Not the West Australian“, an exposure of the WA Inc. activities published in the late 1980′s.
If you can provide copies, or any further information about this publication, please contact the Collection Development team at the State Library on:
Telephone: +61 8 9427 3348 or