The City has an active program in place to record the stories and memories of people who have lived or worked in the district. Housed in the Local History Collection, the Oral History Collection now numbers more than 100 interviews including more than 20 with significant indigenous people.
Kits, containing a CD copy of the audio interview and a printed transcript, are available for anyone to listen to within the Knowledge Centre, and library members may borrow the kits using their library card.
Listen to a few special memories:
Annette Clifton "Thornlie Community"
Fay Stephen "Going to the Gosnells movies"
Harold Hardman "Family shop in Maddington"
Marion Robb "Playing in the bush"
Reginald Lewis "River and Albany Highway"
You can search the library catalogue for an up-to-date list of oral history kits.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in being interviewed, please complete the online form via the Related Links section below, or contact the Collection Supervisor on 9397 3145. Volunteer assistance with this program is always welcomed.
To find out what the City is doing to record and preserve its history and heritage, look at the links available on the Heritage Action page. You may also be interested in visiting one of the City’s interesting historic places to learn more about local history and heritage. To research local history information online, access the City's library catalogue.
The image on this page is of the Bickley family, circa 1865 (courtesy of the McNamara family).