Exhibitions

Bounce Down celebrating 100 years of womens football

Bounce Down! Women's Australian Rules Football Centenary

When: 22 May - 31 July 2015
Where: Ground Floor Gallery 
FREE, open during library hours 

Bounce Down explores the 100 year history of women’s Australian Rules football in Western Australia and beyond. Beginning in Perth in 1915 the women’s game started as a war time fundraiser. By 1955 women’s games had been played in more than 100 locations around the country. Today player numbers are among 190,000. 

See the social and cultural history of the past century brought to life through the eyes of the players and the lenses of the media. Pioneer teams played in silk dresses and hats, with the transition to more suitable playing gear mirroring societal changes that allowed women more freedom generally.

Presented by the Western Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) this exhibition features never before seen crowd sourced memorabilia, and newly acquired heritage items from the State Library of Western Australia collections. Photographs, video footage, and a replica of the first women’s football uniform, reveal this little known part of the social, cultural, and sporting history of the nation.

Photo: Foy and Gibson's women's football team, 1917, 004998D, State Library of Western Australia pictorial collection.

Old Tom Man of Mystery cover

Reigning Cats & Dogs

When: 22 June - 19 July  
Where: The Place 
FREE, family friendly exhibition 

Explore artwork of pets from the Peter Williams Collection of Illustrations, including artworks by Julie Vivas, Leigh Hobbs, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, Ron Brooks and more. 

This exhibition features paintings and preliminary drawings, together with paper mache sculptures and collages by Western Australian artist Sally Watts. Marvel at some of the earliest editions of Australian children’s book classics including Dorothy Wall’s The Adventures of Binky Bill and Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding. Discover why the animal fable is one of the oldest forms of children’s literature. 

Picture: Leigh Hobbs, Old Tom Man of Mystery, cover illustration 2003, State Library of Western Australia PWC/121 

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