Scrapbooking the Past
Location: 49 Broadway, Nedlands
Have you made a scrapbook at some time in your life? If you have, you are not unusual; many of us have done so.
Did you cut and paste from printed materials and collected momentos? Through this process you created a personal
archive of information important to you. Where is your scrapbook now?
Scrapbooking has a long history, stretching back through commonplace books to the beginnings of printing technology.
Come on a quick trip through this history and explore the place of the scrapbook in Western Australian life.
Our prime example of a scrapbooker is the ‘old colonist’ Jesse Hammond, author of Winjan’s People (1933) and
Western Pioneers (1936). Jesse, born in 1856, was an early member of the Society who made an important
contribution with his knowledge of Aboriginal culture and pioneer settler families. He created three splendid
scrapbooks and vested them in his friend Paul Hasluck. They form the basis for his histories and we are indebted to
Nicholas Hasluck for donating the scrapbooks to the Society. Come and let’s explore them together.
Dr Lenore Layman is a retired historian, RWAHS Councillor and History West editor.
Event information: Scrapbooking the Past
Tel: 9386 3841