SLWA on ABC Radio

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Today, Dr Kate discusses the opening up of the South West as a tourist destination, and showcases an attractive, illustrated, handwritten booklet recounting a trip to Augusta in 1921.

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Tuesday 19 May 2020

This week, Dr Kate talks about a more recent piece of Western Australian social history: a scrapbook containing mementos of a Perth café that was around from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The Coffee Pot was a popular hangout for many, offering style, sophistication, and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Tuesday 12 May 2020

This week, Kate talks about a very early letter from the Pilbara, written just as this area was opening up to the pastoral industry. The letter is digitised and can be viewed online through the State Library catalogue.

More details on 1864 Letter from William Shakespeare Hall
Tuesday 05 May 2020

Dr Kate discusses the recently digitised watercolour paintings and ink sketches produced by Rica Erickson for her 1958 book Triggerplants. 

More details on Rica Erickson Illustrations for 'Triggerplants'
Tuesday 28 April 2020

ANZAC day was on the weekend and in light of that, this week Dr Kate discussed Joseph John Talbot Hobbs who kept five diaries throughout World War I. 

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Tuesday 21 April 2020

This week Dr Kate discusses the manuscript book of poetry by John Boyle O’Reilly, famous Irish-American author and Fenian.

More details on John Boyle O’Reilly’s Manuscript Book of Poems
Tuesday 14 April 2020

This week Dr. Kate discusses Raymond Stanley Stewart’s diary written on toilet paper while he was a prisoner of war in WWII.

The diary covers the period of 27 July 1942 to 12 September 1942 and details the day to day life as a POW in the desert camps of North Africa to the camps in Italy.

More details on Raymond Stewart’s Toilet Paper Diary
Tuesday 07 April 2020

This week Dr. Kate discusses Mary Ann Friend’s journal, an account of the settlement of the Swan River 1829-1831. Of great cultural significance to Western Australia, the journal is one of the many treasures of State Library.

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