Mt Hawthorn PS archives moved to Local History Centre


Enid Rose (nee Riley) and Val Silverlock (nee Charles). Hundreds of photographs and documents, including early school registers, have been processed by volunteers into archival folders at the City of Vincent Library with photographs ranging from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Enid Rose (nee Riley) and Val Silverlock (nee Charles). Hundreds of photographs and documents, including early school registers, have been processed by volunteers into archival folders at the City of Vincent Library with photographs ranging from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

FROM a damp “dungeon” to the Local History Centre, Mt Hawthorn Primary School archives have finally seen the light of day.

An exhibition of photos, stories, memories and historical facts stretching back to the opening of the Margaret Free Kindergarten in 1938, which is now part of the school, is now open in Leederville.

School and Local History Centre staff and volunteers spent three terms last year resurfacing archives from their moist graves at the school after requests from former students to see them.

School library officer Madeleine Galbraithe said they would cringe every time someone called for their old school records.

“It would have been a problem that we acknowledged for some time that our dungeon at the school was not exactly dry, where all the material was stored,” she said.

“When we got the phone calls from past pupils asking if they could research their past, we would squirm because there was no way to get to help them.

“We came up with this idea, the Local History Centre is doing such fantastic work and it made sense to take (the archives) down there.”

Volunteers met every Thursday for two hours, spending 140 hours sorting through and preparing them for the exhibition.

Former student Val Silverlock (85) attended the launch on February 21 after supplying a collection of her own photos from attending the school form 1936 to 1948.

“I thought if I died, my kids won’t know where they are,” she said.

Centre senior librarian Julie Davidson said they hope people would continue to contribute photos and stories.

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