Disrupted – Festival of Ideas

Disrupted 2015Over two consecutive Sunday afternoons in September (6 September and 13 September), the State Library of Western Australia is proud to present the 2015 Disrupted – Festival of Ideas.

Ideas on landscape, a sense of place, regeneration, identity and distribution of wealth will be teased out by national and local thought leaders. Featuring Carmen Lawrence, Sabrina Hahn, Greg Sheridan and others, these presentations will be both inspiring and thought provoking.

Go to www.slwa.wa.gov.au/disrupted to view the full program, find out about the Festival and the presenters, and to book your place. It could be a great present for Father’s Day!
Some sessions are free, others (which include wine and olive-oil tastings, a performer and canapes to enjoy) cost $15.

Disrupted presenters

GovHack 2015


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in the early period of World War 1.  Archives, libraries and memorials from across Australia and New Zealand (Including SLWA)  have collaborated to release WWI data for GovHack 2015 http://www.govhack.org.

SLWA has prepared 3 new datasets for use by those practising their data hacking skills.

These datasets along with some previously published sets are all available from the data.gov.au website https://data.gov.au/organization/statelibraryofwesternaustralia.
In addition to this, SLWA has added a dataset information page to our website http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/datasets.

We’d love to see what can be made from these sets – leave a comment here to share with us or email dataandiscovery@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Captions from Weird and Wonderful WA

There were some amusing captions created for the Weird and Wonderful WA photos.

Lawnmower race

Lawnmower race in the carpark of Boans, Morley, 1968

Mow down, hoe down!
Mow down the opposition.

Father Christmas and the three bears

Father Christmas and the three bears

Baby bear asks Santa for a new chair…
Papa bear asks Santa for some new door locks…
and Muma bear explains to Santa why Goldilocks should be on the “naughty” list.

Weird and Wonderful WA

To celebrate WA Day on Monday 1 June, we selected a set of photographs of Western Australia to remind people of stories to share with their families, provoke some amusement and interest, and highlight a place, event or activity that people might be unaware of. It was also a way to remind people that our photographic collection is vast and much of it is available to view through our catalogue. You can type a keyword into the search box, and limit the search to State Library Pictures, and click on each of the records to view our digitised photographs.

We had a visit from the family of the man who is on the right hand side of the giant karri tree photo – they were thrilled to see the photograph and told us that they still had the saw that is shown. Some of the other popular photos were the skull from Adventure World, and the Perth Airport swans brought back many memories. You can see a slide-show of the photographs here: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/events/weird

A logging team in the karri forest., 1915

A logging team in the karri forest., 1915

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.)





Movies Based on a Book

Movies based on a book – 2013 A4-web
As part of the Winter Arts Season, the State Library is screening a series of Movies Based on a Book.
Enjoy Playing Beatie Bow (June), The Silver Brumby (July, during the school holidays) and Rabbit Proof Fence (August).
These free films start at 5.45pm, and no bookings are required.

Share your Story

During Library and Information Week from 20 – 26 May, the State Library is exploring the theme of ‘Share your Story’ with behind-the scenes tours, a ‘Write your Memoir’ workshop, a story trail through the library, gritty urban storytelling with ‘Barefaced Stories’ and more…collect a flyer, or have a look at the events page.
It’s all free but most require bookings due to limited places.
Share your Story

Rats of Tobruk film screening

Rats of Tobruk film screening

Rats of Tobruk film screening

Screening as part of the exhibition “From War to Remembrance: A Living History of the RSL”, Rats of Tobruk is a hard-hitting film being shown as one of a series of activities to help celebrate the formation, purpose and activities of the Returned and Services League in Western Australia. Entry is free.

When? Tuesday 30 April at 5.45pm sharp
Where? The State Library Theatre