Events & Talks

Throughout the year the State Library organises a range of exciting events, most of them free.

For events at a glance, check out the events calendar.

From stimulating lectures and talks inspired by our exhibitions and collections to films and concerts - there is something to interest everyone.

Anzac Weekend Events

Giza to Gallipoli

When: Wednesday 22 April - Monday 18 May 2015
Where: The Nook, Ground Floor
FREE, open during library hours

The 11th Battalion was the first battalion recruited in Western Australia for the Australian Imperial Force with the outbreak of World War I. On 10 January 1915 the battalion marched into the desert where 704 men posed for a now famous photograph on the Pyramid of Giza. 

The battalion landed at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. By the end of the Gallipoli campaign, 879 members of the 11th Battalion were reported killed, wounded or missing.

This exhibition features some of the personal stories of selected members of the 11th Battalion, identified as part of a project by the Western Australian Genealogical Society.

For more information about the project visit: 

Remember Me write often

Interactive Art Installation
When: Sunday 26 April & Monday 27 April 2015
Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: State Library of Western Australia Pond

Letters from both home and the front were precious connections between people separated by distance and the deadly threat of war. Extracts from World War I letters, held in the collections of the State Library of Western Australia, inspired an ephemeral installation which draws upon universal human experiences of longing, loss and uncertainty.

Remember Me write often is a chance to send out a message to someone you have lost, who you wish for a reconnection with. Visitors are invited to place a message in a bottle in the pond and explore the growing collection of contemporary and historical reflections.

Children will need to be supervised near the pond.

Anzac Centenary History Fair

When:Sunday 26 April 2015
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: State Theatre Centre

Family history specialists, Tricia Fairweather and Leonie Hayes will be available to give an overview of State Library resources for genealogy and to assist researchers with their family history. You may be surprised at the great stories to be uncovered from our archives.

Animal Heroes

Writing and illustration workshop
When: Monday 27 April 2015
Times: 10:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: The Place, Mezzanine

Discover the story behind Simpson and his donkey, and learn about Midnight: the story of a light horse with author Marc Greenwood and illustrator Frane Lessac. Design and write your own Midnight and Duffy (the donkey) picture book pages.

Suitable for 7 years or older.   

Blackboy Hill is Calling

Author talk with Valerie Everett and Shannon Coyle
When: Monday 27 April 2015
Time: 11:00am
Where: Theatre, Ground floor 

Blackboy Hill is calling is the never-before recorded social history of Western Australia's most significant World War I training camp. New research suggests that Blackboy Hill camp training was integral in creating the 'spirit of mateship' now synonymous with the legend of Anzac.

Authors, Valerie Everett and Shannon Coyle will be talking about their book and the research that went into it.

National Trust Heritage Festival 

Photo Booth: picture yourself in history

Tuesday 5 May - Thursday 7 May and Saturday 9 May 2015
1:30 pm - 3.30pm
Discovery Lounge Ground Floor, Free.

Put yourself in the picture! Pose in front of a green screen to insert yourself into a historical photograph from the State Library collections. Take the time to explore the Library's resources while you're here.

Other events relating to the National Trust Heritage Festival will be promoted soon, and include talks about Dissidents in World War One, Western Australia's War 1914 - 1918, and the Early Years of the Silver Chain.

All venues at the Library are wheelchair accessible.

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