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History

Take a look into the past and learn about some of Perth’s interesting history. 

  • Opening in November 2020
    Western Australian Museum

    Take a sneak peek inside the New Museum for WA!

    Opening in November 2020 the New Museum for WA will share the stories of our incredible people and places, and act as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia.

    It is a world class museum that will be at the heart of our State and reflect the spirit of our people. Developed with a ‘people first approach’ it will feature Western Australians sharing their stories, in their own voices.

    The State’s unique collection will come alive with innovative new exhibitions across eight galleries showcasing the extraordinary stories of our people and places throughout time. 



  • New Museum for WA
    Otto the whale

    Meet Otto

    One highlight of the Western Australian Museum is Otto the blue whale. The 24-metre blue whale skeleton named Otto has been suspended in a dynamic ‘lunge-feeding’ pose in the heritage-listed Hackett Hall building. 

    Displaying a blue whale is a complex and challenging process at the best of times. The WA Museum's blue whale project had even more challenges due to the heritage-listed building, the fragile, 120-year old skeleton, a dynamic pose that has never been done before and a metal armature (frame) that was bespoke for this project. 

    The pose of the whale is based on the latest research into blue whale feeding behaviour. Using drone video and tracking devices, scientists revealed that blue whales roll and lunge as they feed on millions of krill. Visitors to the Museum will be able to walk under the impressive skeleton in the WA Treasures gallery and along a walkway, coming eye to eye with this majestic animal.

Distant Discoveries 

The Western Australian Museum is now exploring Distant Discoveries – a range of videos, photography and stories that you can access from home. 

Western Australian Museum is home to millions of collection items, some of which can be traced back almost to the beginning of the Earth. Working behind the scenes are passionate curators and researchers who use those collections to help us understand our world. To explore a wide range of history, visit the Distant Discoveries page and follow the museum on Facebook.

 

  • Perth City
    Perth Town Hall

    Perth Town Hall

    Built in 1870, Perth Town Hall is Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall, and the only town hall built by convicts.  

    An award-winning restoration has returned this historic jewel to its original charm. Antique aesthetics and modern amenities combine in this grand, one-of-a-kind venue. 

    For more historic info about the Town Hall, including a living history timeline and photos click on the link below.

    Discover Perth Town Hall

Untold Stories of Perth podcast

A fresh approach to telling little known stories from Perth’s history. From snake charmers, planned segregation, and refugees desperate to fit in, this fascinating look at the Untold Stories of Perth is based on new and existing oral history interviews. 

The first three episodes were produced for the City of Perth's Cultural Collections by Barking Wolf and Elsa Silberstein. Future episodes, covering more of Perth’s untold stories are due to be released soon. 

Episode 1 - White City & The Perth Prohibited Area

Episode 2 - The Coolbaroo Club

Episode 3 – Chinese & Italian Legacies

Experience London Court 

We asked local tour guide Ryan from Two Feet & a Heartbeat to give us a quick tour of London Court.   

Built in 1937 London Court is one of Perth’s best loved heritage listed shopping destinations. Inspired by Tudor England and located in the heart of the City, the court links Hay Street Mall and St George’s Terrace. 




Dirty Deeds 

Background of Moondyne Joe 
We have asked one of our favourite heritage characters, Perth’s loveable larrikin outlaw and escapologist Moondyne Joe to share a bit about how he came to life. Meet Monndyne Joe (Paul from Genrefonix) and a clip of how he undertakes his historical research in order to create his character. 


Celia Tate: Every Family has a Secret 

Heritage Perth Weekend – Boorloo Kwedjang Bardip Yanginy has been postponed from 2020 to April 2021 due to Covid-19.  
In the meantime we can showcase some events which were planned for April 2020, and commemorate our heritage in perhaps unexpected ways! 
 
Celia Tait, Managing Director of Artemis Media & Executive Producer of the hit TV Series Every Family has a Secret was going to give a public talk at this year’s Heritage Weekend on just what it takes to create a hit history series with rave reviews. In this short video clip Celia talks about uncovering family histories through painstaking investigative historical research work and what it takes to create entertaining and informative TV. It’s amazing just what you can discover about your family history through archival research. Make sure you join us in April 2021 at the Heritage Perth Weekend to hear Celia’s free talk to the public. 

 



For more information on the City of Perth’s Cultural Collections, please contact our Cultural Collections team at Collections@cityofperth.wa.gov.au. If you have an enquiry about the City of Perth’s history & heritage, please contact our History Centre team at history.centre@cityofperth.wa.gov.au