Make election history

YOU might be tossing out electioneering pamphlets by the handful but the state library is hoping people donate a few to be preserved in the historical election collection.

State library CEO Margaret Allen says election material might be short lived but it has lasting significance, and donations of today’s flyers will help “future generations…see the changes in our society”.

• “It’s a man’s job” flyer from 1961 Perth Road Board election.

The current collection’s got material from the 1961 Perth Road Board election, when one candidate’s flyer proudly proclaimed “It’s a man’s job…vote Martin Lynch”.

In 1962 candidate CN Harris wrote his slip in Italian: “Un Sindico che parla la vostra lingua” (A candidate who speaks your language). The 1967 election saw the town decked out in “We Want Wardle” stickers. Material can be donated in electronic format via serials@slwa.wa.gov.au or posted to the state library at 25 Francis Street, Northbridge.

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