A member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1983, June Craig became only the second woman (after Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver) to achieve Cabinet rank in Western Australia.
In 1987, asked about her time in government as only the fourth woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly, she said: “… there was no reason why more women should not be there, that we really had the same sort of capacities and abilities and that perhaps in many ways we had more common sense. I really saw those things as a challenge.”*
Lead Kindly Light: Harold Rowell’s Emergency Landing at Fitzroy Crossing, 31 July 1971.
Harold Rowell was an experienced pilot with MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA). He had served as a pilot in the Second World War and joined MMA as a commercial pilot in 1948. The introduction of jet aircraft to service the Pilbara and the North West in the 1970s meant that many of the gravel airstrips, suited to propeller-driven aircraft, were unacceptable for the new jets.
In November 2018, we commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. UWA was a new University that had only started teaching the year before hostilities erupted on 28 July 1914.
During August, the University Archives will be displaying in the Reid Library material from the collection that depicts the involvement and impact of both world wars on the University.
Cyril Ayris was a journalist on The West Australian for 36 years, 25 of them as crime reporter.
He has covered assignments in Libya's Sahara Desert, Afghanistan, New Guinea, Central Borneo, Nepal and Japan to name but a few. He searched for and found a lost tribe of Penans in Borneo; walked the Kokoda Trail; traced the "poppy trail" through the "Golden Triangle"; got into Kabul only days before tribal warfare broke out and was on assignment in Hiroshima during that city's 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack.
In December 1941, the Japanese Army invaded the Malay Peninsula and successfully advanced towards Singapore Island.
Brian, his mother and baby sister escaped from Singapore in February 1942. Their journey took them from Malaysia and Singapore to Sri Lanka, South Africa and England, before their safe arrival in Perth.
In May 2017 Mr David Alsop, the great-nephew of Mr Rodney Alsop who with Conrad Sayce won the architectural Hackett Competition to design the Hackett Memorial buildings, donated to the University Archives a watercolour that had been in the Alsop family for over 80 years and remained in the Rodney Alsop collection until he inherited it in 1972.
The University Library has introduced a free book swap service for the UWA community, to facilitate leisure reading, wellbeing and community around campus. Known as the 'Wandering Peacock Book Swap Library' (it's as free as a bird!), these free little libraries are located in collaborative library spaces in Reid Library (Ground Floor), and Barry J Marshall Library (Ground Floor).
The Ikin Collection is now on display in the Reid Library Exhibition Cabinets.
Professor Van Ikin is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at UWA in the field of English and Cultural Studies and has made significant contributions to the field of Australian fantasy and science fiction. UWA Special Collections holds a collection of novels donated by Professor Ikin, as well as manuscript documentation from the production of the book Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction and related correspondence.
Governing has become a hazardous challenge in recent times. The British BREXIT vote cost a prime minister his job. The Americans confounded most of the commentators and elected Donald Trump president. The New Zealanders dumped what was generally considered to be a competent government. In Australia Malcolm Turnbull led the coalition to a narrow victory and in WA, the coalition government was soundly trounced. What is going on?
Hermann Goering and the Bunbury Solicitor: A Ding Dong Dogfight
Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering were one of the most evil combinations of the 20th century but they very nearly didn’t make it as a pair. Goering, who created the dreaded Gestapo in Nazi Germany at the time of World War ll and was a key figure in the “final solution” of exterminating the Jewish people, survived a ding dong dog fight with a West Australian airman in World War l.
Author of the beloved children’s series, Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome was a colourful figure in the literary world and beyond. Swallows and Amazons continues to hold a place in the heart of many children and adults around the world.
Bill Warnock, a Perth author, playwright and UWA affiliate, was a long-time admirer of Ransome and collector of his works. In the early 2000’s, prior to his passing, Warnock generously donated The Ransome collection to the Special Collections UWA Library.
'BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WON’T DROWN'
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.