Check out our selection of Australian literary award winning books for some summer reading inspiration, on display in the exhibition cabinets on ground floor of the Reid Library.
First Cabinet ‘Winners of Selected Australian Literary Awards 2017’ Here you will find page turners with pulsating action, love, death, success and dark desire… but also stories of reflections, a book about Frank Kafka and Prague’ literary world, and a young Frank Gold, protagonist in a novel about the Polio in Perth in 1954.
The "Works of the Old Men" in Arabia: Discovering a prehistoric landscape from the air … and from space
For over a century aerial archaeology has been in the vanguard of archaeological discovery and recording. Thanks to a unique twenty year programme of aerial reconnaissance in Jordan combined with the growing availability of high-resolution satellite imagery we can now thickly ‘populate’ with often novel archaeological sites one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the world – interior ‘Arabia’ from Syria to Yemen and in particular the volcanic lavafields.
During the Age of Discovery which begins with Magellan's demonstration that the Earth is round, demands for new maps soared and cartographers experimented with how to depict a spherical Earth on paper. This gave rise to the Golden Age of Dutch cartography when multi-volume atlases of the Earth and the cosmos became very popular.
Come and see how some of these cartographers represented the then known world and the type of instruments astronomers built to observe the skies in those times.
Gold was the lure for many Chinese coming to Australia. To many Australians the early Chinese came, found their fortune and returned home with full pockets. However this was not the case for the majority of early Chinese. When gold was found in the Swan River Colony, regulations limited Asians from gaining mining permits. There is so much more to the Chinese story prior to and after the discovery of gold.
This talk gives a brief background into the life of the early Chinese in WA and then takes a journey through Karrakatta Cemetery to reveal some untold stories.
Excellence in Australian book design is celebrated each year by the ABDA (Australian Book Design Association) awards. Take a peek at the 2017 winners – you can see the full collection displayed on the ground floor of Reid Library until the 6th October.
Also check out the ABDA website for discussions with the award nominees and greater insight into designing a book. https://abda.com.au/
No one likes being taxed, but the first settlers of the Swan River Colony felt that taxation was doubly unfair. Not only had they moved to the other side of the globe to avoid such a heavy burden in the motherland, they weren’t yet making any money in their new ventures.
In 1846 two Spanish monks, Dom Rosendo Salvado and Dom Joseph Serra, members of the Order of Saint Benedict, arrived in Western Australia with the intention of becoming missionaries. They were allocated an area now known as the Victoria Plains by Bishop Brady in Perth.
Dictators seem to be all the rage recently and those of the post war world can be divided into the "approved” ones (Franco, Marcos, Salazaar) and the others (Amin, Saddam Hussein, Gadhaffi) who can be safely reviled and even killed. In the popular mind, Hitler remains as the high priest of dictatorship, the embodiment of evil and ä man worth overthrowing at the cost of 50 million lives to save democracy, whatever that might be.
Western Australia’s innovation, entrepreneurship and research expertise was celebrated last night at The University of Western Australia’s inaugural IQ Awards, held at Crawley's historic Masonic Hall. The event saw three very different projects awarded for their impact and ingenuity.
This talk will attempt rudimentary answers to large questions. How fully was printing and publishing developed in Shakespeare's lifetime? How well was Shakespeare educated and how wide was his reading? In what ways was his work informed and possibly inspired by some of his reading? Does it matter? The topic is suggested by some of my own reading in the process of researching for my current book, to be submitted for publication later this year: Shakespeare’s Maps: Place and Places in the Plays.
The internment camp on Rottnest Island, established for enemy aliens from Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, can be considered a historical oddity, not least as there were also indigenous prisoners held captive by Australian soldiers and warders. The coexistence of men from the most diverse backgrounds and social circumstances, some of whom did not even share a common language, yet still cohabited peacefully, serves on reflection as an inspiration.
In this presentation Julian discusses the positive impact reclaiming language has for first people. He cites the growing understanding that Indigenous language is inseparable from culture - that language is integral in affirming and maintaining wellbeing, self-esteem and identity. The National Trust of Western Australia is contributing to the reclamation of Aboriginal languages in the Goldfields region through the establishment of the Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Centre in Kalgoorlie.