Joondalup history and heritage for schools

The Joondalup Library Local History collection is the first place to start when students are exploring the history of their local area and discovering why the past is important to the local community. The collection of primary sources reflects the changes that have occurred in the local community over time.

Student outcomes

  • Who lived here first and how do we know.
  • How has our community changed.
  • What features have been lost and what has been retained.
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community.
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past.

Teaching resources

Resources which bring the history of the area to life are available for use by teachers and students, both in the library and in the classroom:

  • Oral histories – hear the voices of the market gardeners, lime kiln workers, dairy farmers and other pioneers who developed the area we know today.
  • Transcripts of oral histories have also been added to the Library catalogue.
  • Picture Joondalup contains digitised photographs from the Local History Collection and is a valuable resource for teachers.
  • Investigating Joondalup’s Past is a series of loan boxes containing photographs, oral histories, maps, newspaper articles and ephemera for each of the suburbs in the City. A comprehensive Teacher’s Guide and Student Learning Journal is available for use with the loan boxes.
  • Dreaming stories relating to the local environment have been collected in consultation with the local Aboriginal community.
  • Display material is available for loan to schools.
  • Staff can assist you with your programs within your classrooms as well as by arranging a visit to the collection.
  • Nyungar presenters – There are several groups within the community who can supply Indigenous storytellers and presenters to classes to bring to life the Nyungar culture for students. The School Liaison Officer can provide contact details for these presenters.
  • Neil Hawkins Park – Interpretive signage in Neil Hawkins Park highlights the native flora and fauna of the Lake Joondalup area and the traditional uses by Nyungar people. Signs are all contained within the main area of the park and would take students 30 – 45 minutes to complete the circuit. A visit to the park can be combined with Civic and Library tours of the City of Joondalup.
  • Plants and People in Mooro Country, produced by the City of Joondalup, explores Nyoongar plant use in Yellagonga Regional Park. Available to loan from your library or to download.
  • Tales of Times Past – A unique group of storytellers who are available to visit schools.

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