Historical panoramas: take a virtual tour through Perth and Fremantle’s past

The view from Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, in 1904. Photo: State Library.
Historical panoramas: take a virtual tour through Perth and Fremantle’s past
The view from Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, in 1904. Photo: State Library.

PEOPLE are now able to take a virtual tour through Perth and Fremantle’s past from the comfort of home, thanks to a joint initiative between the State Library and Curtin University.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today officially launched the ‘Historical Panoramas – Perth and Fremantle’ website.

Over the summer, the State Library and Curtin’s Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE) supported research student Marcia Schneider in sourcing views of Perth and Fremantle from old photographs in the Library’s collection.

Ms Schneider located where the images were taken so they could be re-photographed from the same vantage point.

The two images were then used to create interactive panoramas from very different eras.

Mr Day congratulated Curtin and the State Library on their successful partnership.

“Historical Panoramas will help people see the value of collecting, preserving, conserving and digitising photos,” he said.

“The State Library is always looking for innovative ways to make its collections more accessible and this project has resulted in an excellent outcome for the community.

“Hopefully, when people see these images, they will be encouraged to donate similar photos to the State Library’s collection to help enrich the virtual tour content for current and future generations.”

The historical panoramas can be viewed here.