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A Place to Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories

An exhibition exploring the experiences of post-World War II migrants to Australia. Featuring highlights from the National Archives of Australia collection of photographs.

  • Open Days/times:from Saturday 01 February 2020 to Sunday 05 April 2020 during library opening hours
  • Galleries:Photography

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The A Place to Call Home? photographic exhibition features highlights from the National Archives of Australia collection of photographs taken by government photographers documenting the experiences of post-World War II migrants to Australia.The photographs were taken between the late 1940s and the 1990s. Known as the Immigration Photographic Archive, the photographs form part of the National Archives of Australia collection. Images from the archive were used to encourage re-location to Australia to prospective migrants and to help local Australians welcome new migrants into the community.

The photographs strongly represent a time in Australian history that shaped the face of modern multiculturalism. Individuals, families and community groups will identify strongly with the images and will be able to reflect on both their own individual and shared experiences.

A national touring developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

FREE. No bookings required.

Image: Rows of huts at Bonegilla, Victoria, 1949. Supplied by the National Archives of Australia: A12111, 1/1949/22/20

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Through the Collection, our associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions Gallery visitors' are offered a unique & exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists.

  • Galleries:Craft,Drawing,Furniture,Glass,Installation,Jewellery,Mixed Media,Painting,Photography,Pottery,Sculpture,Ceramics,Textiles,Public Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Monday 10am - 5pm (closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

AGWA places particular emphasis on the arts of Australia, and due to their geographic position, the Indian Ocean Rim. Their proximity and access to many of the most exciting cultures of the world adds immeasurably to programs, exhibitions, collections and events at the State Art Gallery. Visit the Gallery and watch this site as they build for the future.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, founded in 1895, occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.

Barracks Arch

Barracks Arch, one of Perth's iconic historic buildings is located at the top of St George's Terrace. Built in 1866 it was originally the entrance to a larger building call the Pensioner Barracks.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Barracks was built to house the Enrolled Pensioner Force (also known as ‘Pensioner Guards’). The guards came to Australia on the convict ships that transported nearly 10,000 prisoners to Western Australia between 1850 – 1868.

The Barrracks were in use to house the Pensioner Foruce until 1887, between 1900 - 1904 the building was convered into offices. 

In the 1960’s the Government surmised there was no need for the Barracks and decided to demolish the buildings.The announcement created a public uproar and motivated the Royal Western Australian Historical Society to form a Barracks Defence Council. The Council worked diligently to keep the Arch however demolition proceeded and in 1966 all but the Arch was demolished.

Architect Richard Roach Jewell was appointed to design an appropriate building. He was at the time an employee of the Department of Public Works. He had arrived in Western Australia in 1851 and designed many of the important public buildings in Perth during the latter half of the nineteenth century, including the Pensioner Barracks. Some of his others designs include boys’ schools in Perth and Fremantle, Wesley Church, the oldest section of the Treasury Buildings, Perth Town Hall, Perth Goal and Government House.

Cool Change Contemporary

Cool Change Contemporary is a new artist-run-initiative opening in the Perth CBD in August 2018.

  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Ceramics,Drawing,Installation,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Print Making

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Whilst there is a lift, it is not wide enough for all wheelchairs. Please contact us for more information and for assistance accessing Cool Change.
  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located within the historic Bon Marche Arcade building on Barrack Street, Cool Change Contemporary is a multi-gallery venue that will host a monthly program of exhibitions supported by regular performances, screenings, workshops and events.

East Perth Cemeteries

The cemeteries within the grounds continued to be the main burial ground for the Perth area until April 1899 when burials commenced at Karrakatta Cemetery. It's acknowledged that 10,000 dead are here.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries
  • Open Days/times:Sun 2PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

This website is the culmination of over 50 years of collective effort by a legion of committed volunteers and professional researchers. The National Trust of Australia (WA) in partnership with the Friends of Battye Library Inc. have brought together this work, and with the support of Lotterywest made it accessible to the public.

The site for a burial ground was surveyed at East Perth in late 1829, and the first acknowledged burial was John Mitchell on 6 January 1830. The cemeteries within the grounds continued to be the main burial ground for the Perth area until April 1899 when burials commenced at Karrakatta Cemetery.

The East Perth Cemeteries burial ground were closed for new burials in 1899, except for those in vaults or with the approval of the Governor. Burials at East Perth continued until 1916 when this practiced was ceased with a handful of exceptions.

It is widely acknowledged that there are over 10,000 burials within the grounds of the East Perth Cemeteries. There was no burial register kept by either the Church Wardens or the caretakers of the Cemeteries. This led to researchers having to spend many hours compiling various histories and datasets on the East Perth Cemeteries and these have been produced in various formats.

Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland as members of and in conjunction with the Friends of Battye Library Inc., collated a single database of the numerous existing datasets, once these datasets were combined and differences highlighted, they were then checked against the original source data, these discrepancies were then corrected or comments placed within the database to notate these variations.

Research was then undertaken using TROVE newspapers, State Records Office governmental records, State Library of Western Australia Private Archives, Royal Perth Hospital Admissions Registers to enable the most comprehensive biographical database on the inhabitants of Cemetery Hill. This database is fully sourced and acknowledges previous researchers who contributed to the end result.

 

Harvison Gallery

Harvison Gallery sells contemporary Indigenous and non Indigenous art. The gallery specialises in emerging and mid-career artists.

  • Galleries:Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:open everyday from 7am (closed public holidays)

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Facilities:Cafe

Description

Harvison Gallery offers exhibitions, an online exhibition, event space and a coffee boutique Art Starter. 

Ten Pound Pom – the illustrated picture book by Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli

The illustrated picture book Ten Pound Pom (Black Dog Books, 2017) by Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli shares the real-life tale of Carole Wilkinson’s journey of migration from England to Australia.

  • Open Days/times:Tuesday 11 February 2020 to Sunday 24 May 2020 during library opening hours
  • Represented Artists:Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli
  • Galleries:Drawing

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Sunday,Saturday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Facilities:Cafe,Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

The illustrated picture book Ten Pound Pom (Black Dog Books, 2017) by Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli shares the real-life tale of Carole Wilkinson’s journey of migration from England to Australia. In the 1950s and 1960s thousands of British migrants were welcomed to Australia as part of assisted passage migration schemes. This exhibition explores the story showing how Liz Anelli crafted the illustrations through layering of sketches, collage, ephemera and digital techniques. Especially curated for children and families, this exhibition is supported by a self-guided trail.

FREE. No bookings required.

Image: We arrive at Fremantle, detail from page 20 of Ten Pound Pom, 2017, Liz Anelli, State Library of Western Australia, PWC /269

WA Museum at the Perth Concert Hall

In addition to current WA Museum display, PCH offers behind the scenes tours where they reveal the secrets of the Perth Concert Hall - taking tour groups backstage, upstage, down narrow passageways, past technical contraptions and into a previously concealed area that is now used as a performance space.

  • Museums:Natural History,Science,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

From the red desert of Australia to the red carpet of the Perth Concert Hall, a collection of objects showcasing Australia’s ancient history are now on display in the Perth Concert Hall foyer.
 
The Western Australian Museum has partnered with the Perth Concert Hall to display a selection of objects from its Earth and Planetary Sciences collection while the Museum's Perth site undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its 125-year history. 
 
The display includes an iron meteorite found in 1917 in the Murchison region, a cast of a Muttaburrasaurus dinosaur skeleton, a model Pteranodon, and two cast skeletons of now extinct megafauna – a short-faced kangaroo and a Diprotodon, a giant marsupial closely related to modern wombats.
 
WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the partnership is part of the WA Museum’s off-site activation program which will ensure a range of collections are able to be enjoyed by audiences while the New Museum is being built. 
 
"We are delighted to exhibit some of our most popular objects in the heart of the City, so Western Australians and visitors to our State can continue to marvel at the wonder of these giant creatures that roamed the Earth millions of years ago," Mr Coles said. 
 
The objects at the Perth Concert Hall represent the incredible geological heritage of Australia and Western Australia: from the beginnings of our Solar System with the formation of meteorites, to dinosaurs that lived more than 100 million years ago, to the relatively recent megafauna that lived up to 25,000 years ago.  
 
Perth Concert Hall General Manager Brendon Ellmer said the WA Museum collection would connect with the diverse audiences that visit the Concert Hall.    
 
“Perth Concert Hall strives to offer every single visitor a unique and memorable experience. We hope that everyone, from children and families who come to the WASO Cushion Concerts or senior citizens who attend the Morning Music Series, to the pop-concert goers will recognise and enjoy the Museum collection,” Mr Ellmer said.
 
“We’re really excited to have the dinosaurs and megafauna in the limelight at the Perth Concert Hall.”
 
The WA Museum’s Perth site is closing to the public on 18 June for four years while the State Government completes its $428.3 million redevelopment. Doors to the New Museum for Western Australia are scheduled to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020. 

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