Welcome to South Perth Historical Society

The South Perth Historical Society was established in 1989 to stimulate public interest in our local history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites, buildings and stories. It is an incorporated society.

ATTENTION: City of South Perth Historical Society Inc. T 9367 9243

Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award

2017 ENTRY FORM AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY download from 'Out and About', Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award


The May & Herbert Gibbs Collection


Heritage Matters Talk - Sunday 19 March 2017

South Perth Bowling Club 2pm $5

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Dr. Neville Marchant has prepared a talk especially for our Society, entitled:

May Gibbs: a WA nurtured naturalist

Exhibition extended !!!

(a gradual change to exhibits will see a new

Exhibition evolve by April for the 2017 Heritage

Festival, National Trust)

Gum-Nut Babies Exhibtion

May the stories begin ...

May Gibbs, artist, illustrator, artist and


An exhibition celebrating
100 years of Gum-Nut Babies

First edition books, original artwork*,

early prints and memorabilia

Opening hours

Fri 10am-4pm Sat/Sun 1-4pm

Entry by gold coin

© Northcott Society & Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2017

Acknowledgement and thanks to the

City of South Perth

*May & Herbert Gibbs Art Collection

Get involved

Since returning to our original base at Heritage House in 2013 we have consolidated and increased our annual activities through a programme of Exhibitions, Heritage Matters Talks an educational Heritage Award, heritage support and participation in local events and numerous other pursuits.

Our membership are supportive and active.

We operate with the assistance of volunteer

Duty Officers who keep Heritage House open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday - with increased opening times for special exhibitions.

Many tasks require additional volunteer hours, we welcome new volunteers. Please contact us.

May Gibbs, Mother of the Gumnuts

previous exhibitions...


  • Accessible event
  • Daily - 10am - 4pm, 20Aug-19 Sep 2016
  • Gold Coin Donation

A Park for Reasons

This exhibition will cover the story of Sir James Mitchell Park from its inception to present day with a focus on the Chinese Market Gardens.

see Events

  • Accessible event
  • Daily - 10am - 4pm, 05-19 Mar 2016
  • Gold Coin Donation



Tram - Original South Perth/Como Tram

The City of South Perth Historical Society in conjunction with

the Perth Electric Tramways Society (PETS) and the City of

South Perth have a tripartite agreement to restore and return

this 1899 tram to the City of South Perth. To keep up to date

with this restoration visit our projects page.