Local history collection

The City of South Perth Local History Collection is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of the City of South Perth.

The collection provides and preserves information about the suburbs of South Perth, Como, Kensington, Manning, Karawara and Salter Point.

Housed at the South Perth Library, the local history collection contains books, photographs, aerial maps, cartographic material, oral history interviews, objects, artworks, ephemera and local newspapers.

Books and Reports

These include published and unpublished material and cover a wide range of subjects such as schools, sports, churches, biographies, town planning, heritage and environmental studies, and more.


The photograph collection dates back to the 1870s and much of it is available for viewing online through Picture South Perth.


The aerial photograph collection commenced with the first commissioned aerial map of the municipality completed in 1930. Further aerial photographs were captured in 1948, 1959, 1969, 1978 and 1988.

These are now available for viewing and searching online through the City of South Perth's online mapping system, IntraMaps.

Oral Histories

Oral history interview recordings are now available for loan through South Perth and Manning libraries. Many of them can also be accessed online through the South Perth Stories website.


Copies of various historic local newspapers are available for viewing in microfiche format. Please refer to the list of newspapers.

Rate Books & Building Register

Rate books ranging in date from 1899 to 1990 are available for viewing in microfiche format at the South Perth Library by appointment.

Archive Boxes

The archive boxes contain a wide range of material, including letters and Council correspondence, as well as various donations of ephemera from local organisations including schools, sporting clubs, and community associations.

Useful Links

A Brief History of the City of South Perth
Local Heritage Inventory
A Heritage in Names: the origin and meaning of street and place names in the City of South Perth
City of South Perth coat of arms
City of South Perth elected and administrative leaders
City of South Perth Fees & Charges

Contact us

South Perth Library