WA History Foundation grant keeps past alive

Published on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at 1:55:41 PM

Port Hedland’s history has been kept alive thanks to a generous grant from the WA History Foundation, enabling staff to expand the Town’s online history collection for local residents to discover.

The Town’s Library Catalogue gives residents the opportunity to search Port Hedland’s history online and view digitised photos of many aspects of Port Hedland.

The Town’s Traditional Custodians are the Kariyarra people and the Township was established in 1896. The Town would like to acknowledge the Kariyarra People’s connection to country as we build this collection to represent the Town’s unique and diverse heritage.

The WA History Foundation was established in 1987, with a purpose to promote knowledge of WA’s history. The grants program was established in 2009 offering applicants the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000.

In recent months, the Town shared weekly photos on its Facebook page, taking previously rare photographs to social media for a new audience to discover.

Mayor Peter Carter encouraged local residents to visit the Town’s Library Catalogue to search through the online Local History collection.

“I’d like to thank the WA History Foundation for granting the Town funding to expand our online history collection, allowing us to provide broader access to our past.

“The Kariyarra People’s connection to country, being home to the world’s largest bulk exporting port, iron ore mining history and transient population mean Hedland’s history is a unique look into life in the Pilbara region of WA.

“The Port Hedland Libraries continue to deliver engaging programming and initiatives throughout the year, for all ages and tastes. Further engagement will follow as the Libraries seek to expand this unique collection.”

Click here to access the Town's Library Catalogue.

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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