Window on our past

You can now take a peek into what South Perth used to look like with the City of South Perth’s new website, Picture South Perth.

More than 800 images from the City of South Perth’s local history collection dating back to the 1850s have been scanned and catalogued by dedicated staff during the past eight months.

The result is an online collection of historic images showcasing the people, places and events that shaped the City.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the archives reflected the rich tapestry of the City’s history.

‘This is an innovative, exciting project for the City and opens a window into the past of our colourful and diverse history. It’s fantastic to look through the pictures of the characters and people which makes South Perth a special place and see familiar streets in a different era,’ she said.

Residents are encouraged to get in touch with the South Perth library if they have any photos relating to the history of South Perth. They can also help by offering missing information about images to help identify people, places and dates.

– From April 18 to May 18, the City’s libraries will be running a Photo Drive as part of the WA Heritage Festival 2014.

Contact either the Manning or South Perth libraries, where images will be scanned and shared through Picture South Perth.

To view the Picture South Perth collection online, visit