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Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday
March, May, July, September (A.G.M), November.
Great Southern Room
4th Floor - State Libra
ry of Western Australia

21 November
End of year function

Members and guests are warmly invited to stay on after our meeting and join us for a catered two course spit-roast dinner which will be served in the staff dining room adjacent to the Great Southern Room.


The dinner cost is only $40 per head including wine and soft drinks.

Bookings for the dinner must be received by the morning of Monday 13 November as provide final numbers must be provided to the caterer.


Please RSVP to Nick Drew by email to or telephone 0409 290 895 by 13 November 2023.


Payment can be made in advance to the Friends Bank Account BSB 016 185 Account No 4220 58413, or payment on the night at the door by card or cash.


We are grateful to Catherine Clark, CEO and State Librarian, for her generosity in making the 4th floor staff canteen again available to us for our dinner.

Topic - WHERE IS KWAKKALUP? : Research using maps and plans in the State Records Office of Western Australia.

Learn about SRO’s collections of townsite maps, railway plans, Group Settlement maps, sewerage plans, cancelled public plans, mining leases, lands and more. Find out just how many towns named Melville and Lakeside have existed in W.A. and see how other names have been duplicated throughout the state. Learn how to navigate changes in place names, and finally, find out just where Kwakkalup is!

A Tour of the J.S. Battye Library of West Australia History collection through maps.
The Heritage Map Collection is part of the J.S. Battye Library of West Australia History in the State Library of WA. It comprises maps, charts, plans and images, both individual and in series form, representing land, sea and the urban landscape in Western Australia and other geographic areas with strong connections to the state. There are over 44,000 sheets and includes hand-drawn, print and digital editions. This presentation to highlight some examples of recently acquired, digitised and interesting maps have in the collection and show some of the different types of maps we have that may help with future research.

Speakers - David Whiteford is an Archivist in the State Records Office of WA. He began his career as a Library Board of WA cadet in 1975 and has largely worked in the Battye Library / State Records Office ever since (with a few years in other occupations). David has worked with almost all formats in the Battye Library and SRO as the responsible Librarian / Archivist and arranged acquisition and cataloguing or processing of items within each format. David has a personal interest in railway history within WA and has been involved in many published books and articles varying from the salt industry in Port Gregory, to the Mauds Landing jetty, and to the Donnybrook to Katanning railway. David is planning retirement in 2024. 

Andrew Black is a Collection Liaison Librarian at the State Library of WA. His interest in maps started during his time in the 1st Barry Sea Scouts in the UK, which included hiking and learning about map symbols and navigation. Andrew went on to do a university degree in Hydrography (sea surveying) and Maritime safety at the University of Plymouth, UK, and later Information and Library Studies at Curtin University. Andrew has been working with the State Library as a Librarian since 2000. He was involved with the Historical Records Rescue Consortium (HRRC) project, identifying negatives for digitisation due to a risk of vinegar syndrome. Since 2006 he has worked as Collection Liaison Librarian and has developed a special interest in the map collections. Andrew has made significant map acquisitions for the collection and assisted with the introducing processes for legal deposit of maps, selected maps for digitisation and contributed to the  Cartographic Materials Collecting plan, which is part of the State Library’s new Collection Strategy for Heritage materials launched in October 2022.

12 March 2024

John Viska - Historic Gardens of Perth

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