Through the mirror-glass: Capture of artwork framed in glass.


State Library’s collection material that is selected for digitisation comes to the Digitisation team in a variety of forms. This blog describes capture of artwork that is framed and encased within glass.

So let’s see how the item is digitized.


Two large framed original artworks from the picture book Teacup written by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Matt Ottley posed some significant digitisation challenges.

When artwork from the Heritage collection is framed in glass, the glass acts like a mirror and without great care during the capture process, the glass can reflect whatever is in front of it, meaning that the photographer’s reflection (and the reflection of capture equipment) can obscure the artwork.

This post shows how we avoided this issue during the digitisation of two large framed paintings, Cover illustration for Teacup and also page 4-5 [PWC/255/01 ] and The way the whales called out to each other [PWC/255/09].

Though it is sometimes possible to remove the artwork from its housing, there are occasions when this is not suitable. In this example, the decision was made to not remove the artworks from behind glass as the Conservation staff assessed that it would be best if the works were not disturbed from their original housing.

PWC/255/01                                                         PWC/255/09

The most critical issue was to be in control of the light. Rearranging equipment in the workroom allowed for the artwork to face a black wall, a method used by photographers to eliminate reflections.


We used black plastic across the entrance of the workroom to eliminate all unwanted light.


The next challenge was to set up the camera. For this shoot we used our Hasselblad H3D11 (a 39 mega pixel with excellent colour fidelity).


Prior to capture, we gave the glass a good clean with an anti-static cloth. In the images below, you can clearly see the reflection caused by the mirror effect of the glass.


Since we don’t have a dedicated photographic studio we needed to be creative when introducing extra light to allow for the capture. Bouncing the light off a large white card prevented direct light from falling on the artwork and reduced a significant number of reflections. We also used a polarizing filter on the camera lens to reduce reflections even further.


Once every reflection was eliminated and the camera set square to the artwork, we could test colour balance and exposure.

In the image below, you can see that we made the camera look like ‘Ned Kelly’ to ensure any shiny metal from the camera body didn’t reflect in the glass. We used the camera’s computer controlled remote shutter function to further minimise any reflections in front of the glass.



The preservation file includes technically accurate colour and greyscale patches to allow for colour fidelity and a ruler for accurate scaling in future reproductions.


The preservation file and a cropped version for access were then ingested into the State Library’s digital repository. The repository allows for current access and future reproductions to be made.

From this post you can see the care and attention that goes into preservation digitisation, ‘Do it right, do it once’ is our motto.

Housing the Fairbairn Collection

The Fairbairn collection includes over 100 artefacts of various types; clothing, a sword,  hair ornaments made out of human hair, items used for sewing , just to name a few. All of these objects need to be stored in the best possible way.

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Housing is the process of making protective enclosures for objects to be stored in. By housing an object or group of objects we are creating a micro environment; temperature and humidity become more stable, direct light is deflected, materials are not damaged when handled or when placed on a shelf. Housing can be a box, folder or tray that has been custom made and fitted out to the exact requirements of the object. Inert materials and/or  acid free board are used.

Some of the objects in the Fairbairn collection required conservation treatment before they were housed. For example, the leather had detached from the front of this object but was reattached during treatment.

Some objects required individual housing (for example clothing items, sword and shoes) but the majority of the objects could be housed in groups. These groups were determined by object type and the material it was made of (for example all the coin purses made from similar materials are in a group).


This was done not only for ease of locating a particular object but because different material types can need different storage conditions and some materials can affect other materials if stored together (for example the vapours released from wood can cause metals to corrode).


Each object was arranged to fit into a box in such a way so that its weight would be evenly supported and so that it can be retrieved without being damaged or damaging neighbouring objects. Then layers of board and/or foam were built up to support the items.


Labels were placed to give direction on safely removing the objects from there housing. Labels were also placed on the outside of the boxes to identify what each box holds  as well as the correct way to place each object inside the box.


Custom supports were made for some objects. For example the internal support for this hat.


Each item in the Fairbairn collection has now been housed and placed carefully into long term storage with the rest of the State Library of Western Australia’s collection.

The Metropolitan Dental Company

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One would not normally associate a dental company with glitz and glamour, but during the first half of the 20th century Perth’s major dental firm had an image of modernity and high fashion without equal in Western Australia.

The Metropolitan Dental Company was established in 1908 advertising its aim to provide affordable dental care for all, including people on lower incomes.


Advertising for dental products from the ephemera collection of the Metropolitan Dental Company.

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Advertising for dental products from the ephemera collection of the Metropolitan Dental Company.

The State Library has a small but delightful collection of material relating to the Metropolitan Dental Company including photographs, a day book, scrapbooks, certificates, advertising mock-ups and other ephemera.


Drawing of the (proposed?) exterior of the Metropolitan Dental Company 00716D

Hay Street, Perth premises of the Metropolitan Dental Company slwa_b3473316_2

Hay Street, Perth premises of the Metropolitan Dental Company 1927 100182PD

Metropolitan Dental Company

The building at 790 Hay Street, Perth today. [The Apple Store] Photo: Google Maps Street View.

The Company was described as the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. The owners were Wolf Blitz, Alfred Kaufman, and Alfred Rogers, with notable dentists such as Edgar McGillicuddy, Thomas Wilson and Albert E. Ford working for the company at various times.

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The Metropolitan Dental Company advertised widely in newspapers, using the lure of a short anecdote or educational snippet followed by an invitation to use their services. In fact they made an art of the “advertorial”.  Some examples of marketing gems from Trove Newspapers include:

“Aseptic  Methods in  Modern Dentistry” – absolutely sterile instruments…

“Deadlier than Snake Venom” – food detritus and tooth cavities.

“Mental, Physical and Moral Degeneration” – the link between juvenile delinquency and bad teeth…“Private health really means public morals”.  [Yes! Really.]

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A day book from 1908 lists appointments, treatment and fees charged. It is noted that Mrs Townsend of Highgate Hill had to cut short her treatment on being called away to Albany “her child having broken its collarbone”.

Included in the collection are some original artworks for advertising and for the windows of the company’s offices. A mock-up for a Neon sign is so impressively bright that one is tempted to take it into a darkened room to see if it glows.

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Also in the advertising ephemera are several metal printer’s engraving plates that are wonderful works of art in their own right.

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Metropolitan Dental Company collection ACC1863A/19

To associate an air of beauty and sophistication with a dental firm is no easy task, but the Metropolitan Dental Company achieved this by employing attractive young women to grace their colourful posters.

The full collection of photographs may be viewed here.

The Metropolitan Dental Company is just one of the private business archives in the State Library Collections. These records provide a view into a past that is so much more vibrant and interesting than we may have thought from viewing black and white photographs.

We are always pleased to hear from members of the community who may have private business records that they would like to be considered for the State Heritage Collections.

Baffling bridge…

008366PD Baffling bridge

Unidentified bridge 008366PD

Flushed with success at having our last two mystery photographs identified we thought we’d try this one, a glass negative from the E.L. Mitchell collection. Once again the terrain suggests the south west, probably taken c.1920. The name on the store is not legible but we are sure that someone in our community will recognise the bridge and be able to name the store. See close-up of the store with horse-drawn buggies below.

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Close-up of store 008366PD

Help! Where am I?

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Unidentified building c.1910-1920 Dr. Battye’s collection of glass negatives 013636PD


UPDATE: Found! 

A part of the St Andrew’s Convalescent Home for soldiers, Kalamunda which is now St Brigid’s College Lesmurdie.

The western side, and only completed section, of a building originally planned as a school by Herbert Parry and built for Archibald Sanderson MLC on his Lesmurdie Estate. In 1919 the property and some adjacent land was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and converted into a convalescent home for returned soldiers. The original plans were adapted and the entire building completed with the eastern side in the “Dutch Colonial” style and based on Cecil Rhodes home in South Africa. (See photograph, drawings and article published in the Western Mail 11 April 1919, p.24 (p.23 in Trove) and p.29).

See photograph from the 1920s here.


Can anyone assist us with the location of, and any information about, this stone and timber property?

This image is a part of a collection of Dr. J. S. Battye’s glass negatives taken between 1910 and 1920.  Many photographs in this collection were taken by E. L. Mitchell but there is nothing on the negative to identify the photographer or the subject.

We are always delighted to receive further information about the images in the State Library photographic collections.

To respond please click into the speech bubble just above the photograph.

Thank you WAGS!

WAGS volunteer Brian Stent assists a client

WAGS volunteer Brian Stent assists a client

In 1985 the State Library entered a partnership with the Western Australian Genealogical Society (Inc.) – affectionately known as WAGS – to provide ongoing assistance to family history researchers within the Library.

30 years later, the partnership is still going strong, with WAGS volunteers providing research assistance in the Genealogy Centre three days a week.

These dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers have worked quietly, efficiently, and patiently through all of the many changes the organisation has undergone over the years. They have put up with noise, disruption, changes in location of materials, staff restructures, all manner of clients and, sometimes, grumpy Subject Specialists. They have handled all with efficiency, humour and grace.

Each year The State Library and WAGS have also partnered in presenting talks tours and workshops for National Family History Month.

We have joined in hosting several successful family history fairs with support from other government agencies such as the National Archives and State Records Office, Local Studies Centres, and historical and family history societies.

Western Australian Genealogical Society volunteers have made a considerable contribution to the public of Western Australia through their commitment to providing information and research assistance to family historians.

WAGS volunteer Elizabeth Rummins in action

WAGS volunteer Elizabeth Rummins in action

On behalf of staff and patrons of the State Library of Western Australia we would like to congratulate and express our thanks to the volunteers of the Western Australian Genealogical Society (Inc.) for 30 years of volunteering in the Genealogy Centre.

Genealogy Centre

Genealogy Centre

WAGS volunteers continue to be available to assist you in the Genealogy Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am – 1:00pm.

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


Our Architectural Heritage

Proposed residence for JFT Hassell Esq.  State Library of Western Australia  ACC 7012A

Proposed residence for JFT Hassell Esq.
Bastow & Marwood, Architects
State Library of Western Australia ACC 7012A

A lighthouse design from the 1850s, an 1860s plan for a Perth residence (pictured), designs for European-style apartments or plans for contemporary homes, you will find these and more in the State Library collections. Included are examples of the work of some of Western Australia’s most prominent and influential architects.

Original archival plans, specifications, drawings and correspondence are supplemented by photographs, books and indexes referring to biographies and articles about individual architects.

Only a small number of items from these collections has been digitised. The State Library welcomes expressions of interest in sponsoring the digitising of more of these historic architectural records.

Bastow and Marwood
The partnership of Bastow and Marwood lasted only a year or so (1904).
Austin Bastow (1867-1942) was born in the United States. He moved to Tasmania with his parents and worked as an architect and land agent in Victoria, and Western Australia.
Harry Marmaduke Marwood (1873-1929) was born in Victoria and came to Western Australia during the goldrush era of the1890s.  He designed Grantown House and St George’s Buildings, Geraldton as well as numerous private residences.
Proposed residence for J F T Hassell:  Leases, licenses, and plans, 1862-1875

William G Bennett 1896-1977
William Garnsworthy Bennett was born in Victoria in 1896. He moved to Perth in 1910 and became the first locally trained architect to pass the Architect Board examination (July 1924). Many examples of Bennett’s work became prominent landmarks, including the Raffles Hotel, The Plaza Theatre and Arcade (Hay Street, Perth) and the Regal Theatre, Subiaco.
The collection includes certificates, architectural drawings, photographs, plans and specifications for residential and commercial buildings.
William G. Bennett & Associates records 1924-1976

Warwick Broomfield 1925-2005
Warwick Broomfield was born in Western Australia.  He  worked for W.G Bennett & Associates, Forbes and Fitzhardinge and later his own practice.
Broomfield was honorary architect to the National Trust of Australia and continued to work until his late seventies.  His work includes private homes, halls, apartments, commercial buildings and heritage projects.
Warwick Broomfield papers, 1954-1999 [manuscript]

Cameron Chisholm & Nicol (WA)
Originally established in Perth in 1884, this firm has been responsible for many major projects and buildings including the Empire Games Village (1962). The State Library holds several plans, specifications, photographs and some correspondence for the firm. (Access is restricted.)
Cameron, Chisholm and Nicol (W.A.) Pty. Ltd., 1962-1989 [manuscript]

Kitchen interior brick and tile house 1932 State Library of WA 101835PD

Kitchen interior brick and tile house 1932
State Library of Western Australia 101835PD

Marshall Waller Gervase Clifton (1903-1975)
Artist and architect Marshall Clifton was born in Western Australia to a pioneer family. Closely associated with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and the W.A. Branch of the National Trust in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings in Western Australia.
Marshall Waller Gervase Clifton 1936-1978 [manuscript]

Stott residence Dalkeith 1962 Eric Moyle Architect State Library of WA 340565PD

Stott residence Dalkeith 1962
Eric Moyle Architect
State Library of Western Australia 340565PD

Julius Elischer 1918-2004
Julius Elischer was born and educated in Budapest. He designed many local civic buildings, churches, schools and retirement villages in Western Australia and had a special interest in low-cost building materials. Elischer’s buildings reflect his strong belief that responsible architecture should attempt to fit into its built surroundings.[1]
Elischer, Julius W. 1918-2004 [manuscript]

Margaret Anne Feilman 1921-2013
Dr Margaret Anne Feilman, OBE, BA (1943), Registered Architect (1946), was the first female architect cadet in the Public Works Department, Western Australia. She later established the firm Feilman Planning Consultants which was innovative in town planning and introduced the first environmental controls in local government town planning schemes in many areas.
Dr Feilman was instrumental in the establishment of the National Trust of Australia (WA) and was heavily involved in voluntary community work.
The collection consists of files listed alphabetically by local government authority and includes correspondence, plans, minutes, reports and photographs.
Margaret Feilman papers

Warden's Court Coolgardie  2012  State Library of WA b3604310 5

Warden’s Court Coolgardie 2012
State Library of Western Australia b3604310 5

Forbes and Fitzhardinge
The Library holds plans for churches, and commercial buildings by architects of the firm which eventually became Forbes and Fitzhardinge including Swan Boys’ Orphanage, various banks and churches, St George’s College (Crawley), and the Perth Tramway Company. Records start from 1880.
Collection of Architectural Plans of Public Buildings and Private Residences in Perth, Fremantle and Various Country Towns [technical drawing]
Forbes & Fitzhardinge, architects & planners [one volume of designs and plans]

Church of St Mary's priesthouse, Mullewa State Library of WA  005436D

Church of St Mary’s priesthouse, Mullewa
John Cyril Hawes Architect
State Library of Western Australia 005436D

John Cyril Hawes 1876-1956 State Library of WA   001989d

John Cyril Hawes 1876-1956
State Library of Western Australia 001989d

John Cyril Hawes (1876-1956)
John Cyril Hawes was an English architect. Originally an Anglican, he converted to Catholicism and eventually became a priest. He arrived in Western Australia in 1915 and stayed until 1939.  During his sojourn in Western Australia he designed and built 21 churches and convents.
Hawes, John Cyril, 1876-1956 Papers, 1919-1956 [manuscript]

Drawing of the proposed Magneto House 12 Milligan St Perth for M.J. Bateman Ltd 1927 State Library of WA  100233PD

Drawing of the proposed Magneto House 12 Milligan St Perth for M.J. Bateman Ltd 1927
State Library of Western Australia 100233PD

Hobbs, Smith & Forbes
The architectural firm Hobbs, Smith & Forbes was established in 1905 by Joseph John Talbot Hobbs (1864-1938). Hobbs was born in London and arrived in Western Australia in 1887.
This firm was responsible for buildings such as the Windsor Hotel, Swan Brewery Complex, the Weld Club (plans are not held for these) as well as the State War Memorial.
The collection includes architectural plans of various firms, Hobbs, Smith & Forbes, Eales Cohen & Bennett, P.W. Harrison, E.H. Dean-Smith. Plans include residences, hotels, schools and shearing sheds.
State War Memorial and Court of Contemplation, Kings Park, Perth, 1926-1998. [manuscript]
Hobbs, Smith & Forbes Plans

Iwanoff, Iwan, 1919-1986
Iwan Iwanoff was born in Bulgaria, studied in Germany and arrived in Western Australia in 1950. He was known for his distinctive modernist architecture.  His homes are now highly prized, with his “Marsala House” [1976] being the newest house on the Western Australian Heritage Register.
The Library holds plans, and specifications for many of Iwanoff’s buildings as well as photographs, an exhibition brochure, and articles.
Plans & specifications, 1951-1986 [manuscript]

Kos, Fritz c1927-2006 (architectural photographer)
Fritz Kos was one of Australia’s pre-eminent industrial and commercial photographers. His photography was often featured in Architecture Australia and other design publications. The images included in this collection document the architectural history of Western Australia from the 1960s through to the early 1990s.
Fritz Kos collection of photographs

Mount Eliza Flats  Krantz and Sheldon Architects State Library of WA b2812641 38

Mount Eliza Flats
Krantz and Sheldon Architects
State Library of Western Australia b2812641 38

Krantz and Sheldon
The company was established in the early 1930s by Harold Krantz, a nephew of Perth architect, Harold Boas. Krantz was then joined by Robert Schläfrig (who later changed his name to Sheldon), a Jewish-Viennese immigrant. Krantz and Sheldon went on to employ many migrant architects and draftsmen, including Iwan Iwanoff (see above) who was to become a well-known architect in his own right. The firm pioneered European architectural styles in Perth and was especially identified with the building of apartment blocks.
The Krantz and Sheldon architectural firm also operated as Krantz & Sheldon, Arndt, Silbert and West (KSASW) and Team Architects Australia.
The records comprise plans, company correspondence, financial records, files relating to architectural jobs completed, and photographs. Landmark buildings in Perth include Windsor Towers (South Perth), Bey Apartments (East Perth), and Mt Eliza Apartments, a building sometimes affectionately referred to as the ‘thermos flask’ built in Kings Park in 1964. There are plans of Government projects: schools, hospitals and State Housing works like Wandana (built in Subiaco in 1953) as well as many private dwellings and apartment blocks.
Complementing this collection the State Library holds two oral history interviews with Harold Abraham Krantz (1906-1999), as well as one with Fred McCardell, another prominent architect who worked at one time with the firm.
Only a fraction of this collection has been digitised.  To explore these items you need to do a keyword search in our catalogue using the terms KRANTZ and PLANS limiting to State Library Heritage Collections.

Peter Parkinson 1925-2014  Architect State Library of WA  b2480266

Peter Parkinson 1925-2014
State Library of Western Australia b2480266

Peter Parkinson 1925-2014
Peter Parkinson was a prominent Western Australian architect, theatre consultant and lecturer. His works include The Octagon Theatre and the New Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia, major restorations to His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth (1977-1982), Subiaco Civic Hall, Churchlands Teachers College, Hayman Theatre (Curtin University), The Hole in the Wall Theatre, and many other commercial and residential properties.
Peter Parkinson papers 1950-2005 [manuscript]

Architectural_drawing_Riverside_Lodge  Krantz and Sheldon Architects State Library of WA 340436PD

Krantz and Sheldon Architects
State Library of Western Australia 340436PD


George Herbert Parry 1882-1951
George Parry was born in Perth. He studied in England before returning to W.A. where he worked for the Public Works Department.  He later worked in partnership with J.C. and M.F. Cavanagh before starting his own consultancy. Parry had a particular interest in church architecture and designed several churches including St. Mary’s Anglican church, South Perth.


Parry and Rosenthal
Mervyn Henry Parry and Kenneth George Rosenthal formed the architectural partnership, Parry and Rosenthal Pty Ltd, in Perth Western Australia in 1959. This firm is still in practice.
Mervyn Henry Parry 1913-2006 was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, the son of architect George Herbert Parry. He studied in W.A. and England. He was a decorated airman in WWII. Mervyn Parry served as State President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) in 1961-62, and National President 1966-67.
Kenneth George Rosenthal 1923-2008 was born in Western Australia. Rosenthal was also a pilot during WWII.
This collection consists of architectural drawings of public and church buildings, mostly by Herbert George Parry (see above). A number of the plans relate to St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, including some by Edmund Thomas Blacket.
Collection of architectural drawings, 1865-1954 [manuscript]

Somerville Auditorium (1957-1959) State Library of WA  b2825837 16

Somerville Auditorium (1957-1959)
Krantz and Sheldon Architects
State Library of Western Australia b2825837 16

Henry James Prockter (1863-1941)
Born and educated in England, Prockter practised in Melbourne before moving to Western Australia in 1896. He returned to England some time in 1913 or 1914 and died in Surrey in 1941.
Architectural drawings for several buildings in Northam: Papers, 1897-1906 [manuscript]
Windor Hall, Queens Crescent, Mt Lawley, September 1982 [photograph]

Windor Hall, Mt Lawley photograph 1982 H. J. Prockter Architect State Library of WA  311467PD

Windor Hall, Mt Lawley 1982
H. J. Prockter Architect
State Library of Western Australia 311467PD

Charles Sierakowski (1924-2009)
Born in Poland, Sierakowski was involved with the Polish underground during the Second World War. He studied Architecture in London and came to Western Australia in 1973.  Sierakowski was involved in the design of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. These papers relate to this work.
Papers of Charles Sierakowski: Architect [Manuscript]

Anthony (Toni) Solarski
Toni Solarski was born in Obarzance, near Tarnopol, Poland in 1920. He grew up and went to school in Tarnopol.  After serving with the Polish Second Corp within the British Army during WW2 he studied architecture in Rome and London. Solarski emigrated to Western Australia c1954.
The State Library holds plans for a variety of new buildings and renovations by Solarski.
Solarski, Anthony:  Papers [manuscript]

Richard Spanney 1884 – 1948
Born in Hansborough, South Australia, Richard Spanney (born Rudolph Richard Spangenberg) came to Western Australia in 1906. He designed St John’s Lutheran Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, both in Northbridge, as well as homes for many prominent Perth families. He was also employed by the Department of Works and Housing.
Richard Spanney papers, 1923-1951 [manuscript]

Metro Cinema Perth upstairs foyer c1940 State Library of WA  004214D

Metro Cinema Perth upstairs foyer c1940
State Library of Western Australia 004214D

Summerhayes & Associates
The State Library holds several plans and a small collection of photographs relating to this firm. To find the photographs search the catalogue under subject: Summerhayes and select State Library Pictures from the drop down box.
Summerhayes & Associates records

The State Library also holds various individual items including plans, correspondence, photographs and biographical information relating to a number of other architects who have worked in Western Australia. These include Alfred Edward Cox, Claude Nicholas, Charles Lancelot Oldham, John Pidgeon and Paul Ritter.

Morison, Margaret Pitt
Immigrant architects in Western Australia, 1885-1905
Ephemera item:  PR13589
Australian Institute of Architects, Western Australian architect biographies:
Australian Dictionary of Biography

Oral Histories
There are two main series of interviews:
Architects and Architecture: a series of interviews with 50 Western Australian Architects.
Architecture plans for life radio program (21 interviews)
These may be found by doing a keyword search in the catalogue using the terms: ARCHITECTS and INTERVIEWS

Search the catalogue under keyword using the term INTERIORS and limiting to State Library Pictures from the drop-down menu.
Search the catalogue using such terms as DWELLINGS or HOUSES or FLATS or APARTMENTS or HISTORIC BUILDINGS and limiting to State Library Pictures from the drop-down menu.
Hint: Particular homes may be found under the name of the original owner or the address of the home.

General works on architecture
If you are interested in the subject of architecture you may also wish to explore our extensive general reference collections.  Visit the State Library Catalogue and select subject from the drop-down menu. Enter the term ARCHITECTURE.  There are over 5,000 items including books and journal articles from our eresources.  Alternatively you can search under the keyword ARCHITECTURE and add another term such as DOMESTIC or AUSTRALIA or COLONIAL or such terms as ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING.

State Records Office
The State Records Office of Western Australia also holds a large collection of architectural plans and drawings produced or amassed by various government agencies. While much of these will be relating to government buildings there are many reasons for government agencies to hold copies of plans for commercial and private properties. Further information may be found at:

[1] Source: Post News, Perth 21 February 2004

Books from your Backyard Family Day

Books From Your Backyard

Where you can find 12 Western Australian authors and illustrators in one day?
In The Place at the State Library of Western Australia! 

Join us this Saturday for Books from your Backyard, a free family fun day in The Place. Be amazed by the local talent in your backyard as 12 writers from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (WA) read, perform and create drawings before your eyes.

10.00 am -Karen Blair – 0-4 years
10.30 am – Elaine Forrestal – 0-8 years
11.00 am – Briony Stewart – 4-7 years
11.30 am – Samantha Hughes – 5-12 years
12.00 pm – Chris Owen – 4-7 years
12.30 pm -Wendy Binks – 4-8 years
1.00 pm –  Teena Raffa-Mulligan – 4-7 years
1.30 pm –  Meg McKinlay – 4-8 years
2.00 pm –  James Foley – 5-12 years
2.30 pm –  H.Y. Hanna – 8-12 years
3.00 pm – Cristy Burne – 8-12 years
3.30 pm – Frane Lessac – 5-12 years

Make a day of it while you’re here and visit the Rules of Summer and On a Small Island exhibitions as well.

 Saturday 10 January, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia
Ages: 4-10 years
Entry: Entry is free. No bookings required.

Briony Stewart illustrating: Photo by Alanna Kusin

More information:

  • Books from your Backyard
  • All venues at the State Library are wheelchair accessible
  • Parents/ caregivers need to attend with children.
  • Books will be for sale and all sessions will be followed by book signings.

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.