Exhibitions

Sailing on the Swan

Sailing on the Swan


Presented by the Royal Perth Yacht Club

When: 14 February - 3 May 2015
Where: Ground Floor Gallery
FREE

Western Australia has a history of sails on the Swan. Discover the heritage of the oldest yacht club in WA in an exhibition which celebrates 150 years of sailing.

Explore defining moments in Australian yachting history including the Australia II America's Cup victory, and Jon Sanders' epic solo circumnavigation of the world.

The exhibition features unique letters, documents, photographs, and memorabilia from the collections of the Royal Perth Yacht Club and the State Library of Western Australia.

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: www.11btn.wags.org.au 

Coming soon

Missing Lives

An exhibition of photographs by photojournalist Nick Danziger

Presented by the International Committee of the Red Cross

When:20 May - 30 June 2015
Where: The Nook
FREE, open during library hours

The tragedy of war and separation are powerful realities revealed in a photographic exhibition by award winning British photojournalist, Nick Danziger.

Taken in the aftermath of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Missing Lives documents the plight of fifteen, of the thousands of families still waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, classified as missing.

Under international humanitarian law, authorities on all sides of a conflict have a legal duty to take every step to determine the fate of those who are missing and to pass this information on to their families. Almost 20 years after the wars in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and 13 years after the end of conflict in Kosovo, thousands remain unaccounted for.

Based on a book of the same name, this exhibition highlights the tragic consequences of what happens when the rules of war are not followed, but also illustrates the strength and resilience of survivors still searching for their missing friends and relatives.

Photograph: Reproduced with permission.Copyright Nick Danziger.No unauthorised use or copying without permission.

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 170,000. 

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.

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