Local history for schools

Resources in the library

Local History, located on the lower ground floor at Joondalup Library, has a range of resources including photographs, oral history interviews, newspapers and other material documenting how the local area has changed over time, suitable for use by teachers to support the HASS curriculum.

Resources to borrow

Using their school’s Institutional Bulk Loan Membership, teachers can borrow the Investigating Joondalup’s Past School Resources Kits. Each kit contains:

  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Oral history excerpts
  • Stories from the Suburbs booklets which document the history of each suburb.

To assist teachers with meeting outcomes in the primary history curriculum, the My Learning Journal has been developed, and is available for loan on USB. This is relevant for years two to five, and topics covered include:

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

School tours and activities

School groups are welcome to participate in curriculum-linked activities as part of a Civic Centre and Library tour. Teachers and home-schoolers are welcome to contact Reference and Local History staff to organise library visits for students wishing to undertake research.