Hon June Craig AM

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 9th October 2018: Lessons Learnt by The Hon June Craig AM

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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.”*

Fitzroy Crossing airstrip - courtesy of Kimberley Media

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 11th September 2018: Dr David Hough (OAM) on Harold Rowell’s famous 1971 emergency landing at Fitzroy Crossing

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

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.

UNITED STATES Navy Personnel outside Engineering Building

Centenary of Armistice exhibition in the Reid Library

Monday, 6 August 2018

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.

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 14th August 2018: Cyril Ayris on 'A Life of Adventure'

Friday, 27 July 2018

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.

Unit Readings: bringing students better reading lists

Monday, 23 July 2018

UWA Library has launched Unit Readings, a brand new service replacing Course Materials Online (CMO) for Semester 2 onwards.

Photograph taken at Fremantle on board  M V Centaur – August 1966 Leach Family

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 10th July 2018: Brian Leach's Escape from Singapore

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

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.

Winthrop Hall interior watercolour - Cyril  Farey

International architectural colourist vision of the interior of Winthrop Hall 1930

Monday, 2 July 2018

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.

Wandering Peacock Book Swap Library

Free book swap libraries for the UWA community

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Take a book, leave a book!

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).

Ikin Collection - Strange Constellations

Strange Constellations: The Ikin Collection on display in the Reid Library

Friday, 25 May 2018

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.

Berliner Mauer 1961-1989

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 12th June 2018: Jim Natt on Hungary after the Fall of the Wall: From Communism to Capitalism

Monday, 21 May 2018

In 1989 the wall between East and West Berlin came down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Hungary as part of the Soviet bloc had virtually been occupied by Russia for the previous 40 years.  

Peter Kennedy

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 8th May 2018: Peter Kennedy on The Challenge for Governments

Friday, 20 April 2018

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?

New 3D Print Lab at Reid Library

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The University Library's new 3D Print Lab offers staff and students a place to learn, design and experiment with the exciting possibilities of object printing in an open and supportive environment. 

Dogfight!! Nieuport Scout & Fokker DR.I replicas

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 10th April 2018: Hermann Goering and the Bunbury Solicitor

Monday, 26 March 2018

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.

Swallows and Amazons series by Ransome

Swallows and Amazons: Ransome Collection on display in the Reid Library

Friday, 23 March 2018

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.


Barry Marshall and Mary

How to win a Nobel Prize

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A chance encounter between a Nobel Laureate and a precocious nine-year-old girl has led to a new work of creative nonfiction designed to inspire young scientists to win their own Nobel Prize.

Image credit: Peter Marko (courtesy UWA Publishing)

Friends of the Library: Tuesday 13th March 2018: Josephine Wilson discusses her award-winning book Extinctions

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Friends of the UWA Library are delighted to begin the 2018 series of talks with award-winning author, Josephine Wilson.  Josephine will talk about her critically acclaimed book Extinctions.  

Australian Literary Awards Display

Australian Literary Awards Display in the Reid Library

Friday, 15 December 2017

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.  

Official opening and renaming of J. Robin Warren Library

Friday, 1 December 2017

The UWA Medical and Dental Library redevelopment was officially reopened by WA Health Minister, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA on Wednesday 29 November.


UWA Medical and Dental Library honours Nobel Laureate

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Medical and Dental Library has been renamed the J. Robin Warren Library following a $7 million transformation and refurbishment.


Researchers, register your ORCID iD in the Research Repository

Friday, 3 November 2017

Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) is a free, unique identifier for researchers that provides the following benefits: