Roadworks in St George's Terrace

OldPerth is a website that provides an alternative way to browse historical photographs from the State Library of Western Australia collection and relate them to geographical locations. The OldPerth project was built by the Curtin University HIVE in cooperation with the State Library of Western Australia.

OldPerth provides an easy to navigate avenue to exploring photographs as primary sources in historical inquiry. Discovering Western Australian history with a geographical lens is referenced in the Western Australian Curriculum, particularly for year 5 and year 8.

This online resource can be used to extend the learning of students who have visited the State Library and participated in guided workshops or it can be used as a stand-alone resource in the classroom. The content encourages students to ask further questions, reflect on local history and make geographical connections. This site provides lesson plans suggesting classroom learning activities along with worksheets for students to accompany each of the lesson plans.

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The State Library of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. The Library is honoured to be located on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this resource may contain images, names and references to deceased persons.