Archives and RetroMaps

I attended a recent presentation organised by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) at their Perth offices in Northbridge, entitled ‘Perth lost and found: built heritage in Western Australian collections‘.

The event featured speakers from the NAA, the City of Perth, the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and the State Record Office (SROWA).

Each of the speakers illustrated their talk with images from their collections.

  • Taren Laurie (NAA) showed many pics of Perth built infrastructure and provided a quick intro to their RecordSearch tool.
  • Kate Parker and Hannah Eames (City of Perth) focused on Perth Town Hall art, their spatial platform, and drew attention to the City’s podcast ‘Untold Stories of Perth‘.
  • John Hughes (SLWA) gave an overview of the pictures and films of Leslie le Souef in their collection.
  • Damien Hassan (SROWA) showed some of the architectural plans for Perth townsite (including underground toilets and tunnels of St Georges Terrace!) and attempted a quick demo of RetroMaps.
Damian Hassan from State Records Office

Damian Hassan from State Records Office illustrates RetroMap coverage around Perth

In question-time the speakers also referenced some archive aggregating services such as Collections WA and Culture WA.

Speaking of RetroMaps, this great project that we worked on with the SROWA last year, has been receiving some deserved attention recently. Damain Hassan, Senior Archivist at SROWA was interviewed for a news article and podcast broadcast last week on ABC Perth:

There has been great interest in this new site, and we look forward to assisting the SROWA mine and present their collections online in future projects. If you’d like to know more about Gaia Resources work in archives and collections then please drop me a line at, or connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.


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