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2024: Off to a Deep Dive Start

Our very own year 10 and 11 students had quite a great start to the term; last Thursday a group of us went to the state library in Perth and were given a full tour of the library; we were also introduced to the world of microfilm and ephemera (old everyday items such as advertisements, tickets, and cards). Shown how to properly use the microfilm and how to access the state library’s materials both online and in person. We explored old pictures, maps, ephemera, and other items which were exhibited.

On Monday, we journeyed all the way up to Fremantle to see the historic Fremantle gaol in all its glory. We were given a tour of old cells, yards, execution gallows, and solitary rooms while hearing incredible stories about ex-convicts who escaped or were released.

We were shown renowned criminals’ cells, including Eric Cooke and the Birnies.

Wild Cat Falling, a 1965 novel by Mudrooroo, is set in Fremantle Prison and will be read during the course of the term. We then embarked on a short “Trek through time” by searching for and replicating photographs across Fremantle. These will be useful later on when we examine the topic and how things have evolved throughout time.

Alexia Scavo