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.
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.