City of South Perth Local History Collection

Identity area



Authorized form of name

City of South Perth Local History Collection

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly City of South Perth Council / City of South Perth Historical Society, Local Studies Collection


  • Municipal

Contact area


Local Studies Librarian



Street address

South Perth Library, Corner Sandgate Street and South Terrace, South Perth




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9474 0800



Description area


The City of South Perth Local History Collection is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of the City of South Perth.

The collection provides and preserves information about the suburbs of South Perth, Como, Kensington, Manning, Karawara and Salter Point.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Local Studies Librarian

Records management and collecting policies

All documentary material pertaining wholly or partly to the localities contained within the City of South Perth.



Holdings include:

  • Books and Reports (published and unpublished) on subjects such as schools, sports, churches, biographies, town planning, heritage and environmental studies.
  • Photographs: date from 1870s; many are available for viewing online through Picture South Perth.
  • Maps: The aerial photograph collection commenced with the first commissioned aerial map of the municipality completed in 1930. Further aerial photographs were captured in 1948, 1959, 1969, 1978 and 1988. These are available for viewing and searching online through the City of South Perth's online mapping system, IntraMaps.
  • Oral Histories: available for loan through South Perth and Manning libraries. Many of them can also be accessed online through the South Perth Stories website.
  • Newspapers: Microfiche copies of various historic local newspapers are available.
  • Rate books and Building register: Rate books, 1899 to 1990, can be viewed in microfiche format at the South Perth Library by appointment.
  • Archive boxes contain a wide range of material, including letters and Council correspondence, various donations of ephemera from local organisations including schools, sporting clubs, and community associations.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

South Perth Library:
Monday and Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: Closed

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Copying services available.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 10 February 2024




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

South Perth Library, Corner Sandgate Street and South Terrace, South Perth
Perth, Western Australia 6151