Imagine the possibilities..Library and Information Week at the State Library 25-31 May 2015

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Visit the State Library on Tuesday or Thursday next week and find out just a little about the fascinating preservation and conservation work that is so essential to the care of our most precious heritage items. Sessions are free but bookings are essential. 

Your Library Online
Come along on Friday 29th May and learn how to be an effective online researcher to find what you need when looking at the Library catalogue and our online databases and journals. Session is free but bookings are essential.

National Simultaneous Storytime
Join us on Wednesday 27th May to listen to The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey read
at the same time to children around Australia.  All children (with carers) welcome. Storytime is held in the children’s area The Place on the mezzanine level. No Bookings are required.

The Place

The Place


Photo booth: picture yourself in history

Put yourself in the picture! Visit our green screen photo booth to have your photo taken in an iconic Western Australian scene.

When: Tuesday 5 May – Thursday 7 May & Saturday 9 May  I   1.30pm – 3.30pm,
Where:  State Library ground floor

20150430_111923_474_IMG_9550_keyedPicture yourself in history is presented as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival: Conflict and Compassion

Tuesday 5 May 1.30 – 3.30pm 
“Love not war brings peace”
Travel back in time to attend an Anti Vietnam war protest in 1972.

May Day Anti-Vietnam War protest march from Stirling Street to Perth Foreshore, March 1972. 380344PD, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

May Day Anti-Vietnam War protest march from Stirling Street to Perth Foreshore, March 1972. 380344PD, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

Wednesday 6 May 1.30 – 3.30pm 
Strike a pose with the chorus girls of the Princess Picture Theatre at Cottesloe beach

Chorus girls of regular nightly stage show at Princess Picture Theatre, Fremantle, at Cottesloe Beach, 1929, 041367PD, State Library if Western Australia pictorial collection

Chorus girls of regular nightly stage show at Princess Picture Theatre, Fremantle, at Cottesloe Beach, 1929, 041367PD, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

Thursday 7 May 1.30 – 3.30pm
Be a part of the crowd of 20 000 people who watched legendary aviator Bert Hinkler fly above Loton Park, Perth Oval in 1928.


Crowd of people watch the sky as Bert Hinkler arrives in Perth, 1 April 1928, 000614D, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

Saturday 9 May 1.30 – 3.30pm 
Be there when Perth streets lit up for Armistice Day 11 November 1918, to mark the end of fighting on the Western Front.

Peace Night illuminations in Perth, 19 July 1919, 112279PD, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

Peace Night illuminations in Perth, 19 July 1919, 112279PD, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

Saturday 9 May 1.30 – 3.30pm 
Train hard with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force of 1943.

WAAAF training, Fremantle, 2 October 1943, 047149PD , State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

WAAAF training, Fremantle, 2 October 1943, 047149PD , State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection

  • Visit our website for more information
  • Free family friendly event
  • Photos from the photo booth will available for viewing on the State Library of Western Australia Flickr account. View some of the photographs from last year’s photo booth.
  • All venues at the State Library are wheel chair accessible.

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





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.

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.

New Justice of the Peace Service Opens at State Library

Whenever you need a Justice of the Peace, think State Library of Western Australia.

A Justice of the Peace will be at the State Library every Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm to do things such as witness and attest documents, certify copies of original documents, witness signing of documents such as Power of Attorney or Guardianship documents and divorce papers.

The service is free and no booking is required.

The State Library is working in partnership with the Department of the Attorney General to provide volunteer Justices of the Peace to provide the service.

The Justice of the Peace Signing Centre is located on the First Floor.

Discover the Library

Do you have a State Library membership card? Would you like to find out more about the library and how to search the catalogue? Help us fine-tune our soon to be launched ‘Discover the Library’ session – email if you’d like to come along to the one and a half hour session and we’ll let you know when it is being held.

Get-It! upgrade complete

Get-It!  (online interlibrary requesting) is another way to find and access books, DVDs and other resources from State Library stock and requests can be lodged online through the State Library’s website at Get-It! (

The system used to provide the Get-It service was successfully upgraded. We apologise for any inconvenience caused will the service was unavailable earlier this week during the upgrade (Monday 12 to Thursday 16 October).

edited 16 October by Nick after upgrade successful

Family history talks on Thursday 9 February

We will be offering two free family history talks at the State Library on Thursday 9 February as part of our Learning program.

Black and White and Read All Over looks at some of the wonderful digitised historic newspapers available through Trove and the Library’s e-resources. Many of these are also available for you to use from home as members of the State Library.

Fantastic Websites is exactly that – a look at some of our favourite family history websites from around the world. Many of them will be familiar to you but you may discover some gems!

For bookings please phone 9427 3111 and visit our Family History Learning page for further details of these and other courses.

Lost in the library

Use Search and Rescue: the new touch screen, information kiosks, located near the library’s main doors.   The kiosks are designed to help you find your way around the library when staff are busy at the Welcome Desk. We are interested in your feedback. Let us know what you think of them.

Family history websites bookmarked

If you’re looking for useful and interesting family history websites, try our SLWA Family History Bookmarks page.

Simply click on any heading (or tag) to see which sites have been bookmarked for that topic. The larger the heading, the more websites are available. Tags range from geographic locations to topics such as convicts or world war.

Most of the sites are free so why not explore – who knows what you might find?