Town of Bassendean calls on community to join Local Studies Collection Working Group

Local Studies librarian Janet Megarrity. Picture: David Baylis
Town of Bassendean calls on community to join Local Studies Collection Working Group
Local Studies librarian Janet Megarrity. Picture: David Baylis

COMMUNITY members wanting to preserve and develop the history of the Town of Bassendean are encouraged to join the Local Studies Collection Working Group.

The group will assist Local Studies librarian Janet Megarrity in further developing a collection of books, photographs and records, promote history, and contribute to a local studies collection plan.

The collection began when local author Jennie Carter donated her book, Bassendean: a social history1829-1979, and other information and photographs she received from the community to the library.

Ms Megarrity, of Bayswater, who has been working at the Bassendean Memorial Public Library for a decade, said she wanted to continue connecting the community with history.

“When you find a photo of someone’s grandfather and they have not seen it and they contact you; they are crying because they have not seen a picture of their grandfather and I try not to cry.

“I love excursions with the school kids, walking around the community and talking about the history on guided walks.”

Library and information service manager Renata Pietracatella said the library was looking for people with local knowledge to join the group to develop a plan that “brought history alive”.

“It is a beautiful area, it is rich in history and we’d like to preserve it and showcase it so people can come out and see what wonderful displays we have,” she said.

She hoped to complete the plan in the 2018-19 financial year.

For information, email baslib@bassendean.wa.gov.au or call 9279 2966.