Picture our past: a local history journey to self publishing

Lynley Stapleton, City of Joondalup

Concurrent session 7
Tuesday 30 August 2016, 3:30pm - 3:55pm


The City of Joondalup Local HistoryLibrary has to date worked progressively towards collecting, preserving and storing historical information to maximise its distribution and accessibility

The idea of designing, producing and self publishing a historical publication in-house originated in 2013 after the City completed a four-year award-winning heritage digitisation project.

This marked the birth of Picture our Past: Celebrating Joondalup’s Past Together, a pictorial publication of the significant social history of the northern corridor of metropolitan Perth.  

The original concept of this project was to historical research already undertaken by the City to showcase comprehensive pictorial and significant historical within a local, regional and state context.

In May 2013, The City of Joondalup received a Federal Government Grant from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in the Category of “Your Community Heritage Program”.

A project team with staff from the Local History Library and a project plan was developed. Original research, selection of historical resources, writing and editing were undertaken by team.  Four drafts were written and edited and a historical consultant, external proof-reader and editor were engaged to ensure consistency and quality throughout the publication. Graphic design and marketing were produced in-house by the City of Joondalup Marketing team.

Picture our Past: Celebrating Joondalup’s Past Together was on 4 December 2014. project a 356 page book eight chapters - Settlers and Pioneers, So Far Away From Home, School Days, Winds of War, Romance and Religion, Livelihood, Leisure and Lifestyle and From Settlers to City. Each chapter documents the history and development of the Joondalup region from the 1850s through to the establishment of the City of Joondalup in 1998.

Picture our Past achieved significant outcomes and benefits for the City of Joondalup, local primary and secondary school students, higher education students, people living in and outside Western Australia and visitors interested in local, regional and state history.

The publication has been very well received by the community and to date 204 copies have been sold.

Picture our Past has been a unique experience and one which the City and project team are very proud to have accomplished. As Local History Librarians, we have contributed to the understanding of the region’s historical importance and by doing so are fulfilling our role and mission within the library industry.

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