The mo' behind bars: depression, mental illness and prisoner moustaches at the SROWA.

The month of Movember, established in Melbourne in 2003, encourages us to look at issues relating to men’s health – in particular testicular and prostate cancer and mental health.  While others are growing mo’s,  we thought we would look to our collections to see what issues relating to men’s health we could identify along with some great moustaches of the day.

Lise Summers Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:18

Comparing AEONs to AtoMs

For many years we’ve been receiving feedback from SRO users through our surveys and feedback forms about AEON – about how it works and what sort of functions and features it should have. We’ve been listening and, while not everything you have requested is possible, we have begun looking at a replacement collection management system which will accommodate many of the functions requested over the years.

Digital Services Friday, November 15, 2013 - 14:22

The mo’ behind bars: convicted moustaches at the SRO

Movember is an independent, global charity established to make a difference to the face of men's health.  The challenge is to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November to raise money for and awareness of men's health issues.  It began in Melbourne in 2003 and is now a global phenomenon, raising $140 million AUS last year.  It shows that one simple idea can have a big impact.  Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring several issues related to men's health.

Lise Summers Friday, November 8, 2013 - 16:25

A Rare Find

Is this the first image of cricket in Australia?

With the generous support of the Friends of Battye Library, the SRO has been digitising crown surveyors' field books from the 19th and early 20th centuries (

Gerard Foley Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 16:26

SRO joins the memory of the world

In 2000, Australia was the first country to establish a Memory of the World program with UNESCO with the vision that the world's documentary heritage belongs to everyone.  The program has since grown to include more than 60 countries and an extraordinary variety of documents illustrating the story of humankind which will remain preserved, protected and permanently accessible to all.

Marnie Richardson Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 16:04

"Westralia Shall Be Free" - the Western Australian Secession Referendum in 1933

On 8 April 1933, a referendum was held on the issue of Western Australia seceding from the Commonwealth of Australia. Two questions were posed; the first asking whether the voter was in favour “the State of Western Australia withdrawing from the Federal Commonwealth”, and the second asking voters if they were in favour of a Federal Convention of all the Australian States to propose alterations to the Australian constitution to allow for WA’s secession from the Commonwealth.

Gerard Foley Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 17:43

Archives about Cyclones in the Kimberley and North West

Tropical cyclones have occurred in the Kimberley and North West regions of WA for many, many thousands of years. The official records about cyclones in these areas appear with the arrival of European settlement in the mid to late 19th century. In the State Archives the earliest information about cyclones in the Kimberley can be found in the records of the Kimberley Resident Magistrate, and sometimes quite detailed accounts are to be found in Police records from the 1880s onward.

Gerard Foley Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 12:50

SRO Celebrates Disability Awareness Week, 2-8 December 2012

Today there is much community and government activity in promoting awareness about people living with disabilities, and widespread support for advocacy, care and their independence in the community. For instance, government agencies such as WA’s Disability Services Commission promotes disability reform, information about disability service providers, the inclusion of disabled people in the community, and issues to do with access and universal design. But these developments are really only very recent.

Gerard Foley Friday, November 30, 2012 - 16:39