History call-out

VINCENT’S local history awards are back for another year and the city is itching to receive your heritage photos and yarns.

The awards have been running for about 15 years and help populate the local history centre’s archives with photos and tales that might otherwise be forgotten.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole says; “We are not only looking for older stories and photographs. The scope is anything during the 20th century so more recent memories are also welcome.

“One of last year’s photographic award winners was a photo taken in 1983 of two kids playing in a concrete trough.”

The photo of Emma and Michael Boyd was chosen by judges as it provided a record of the old cement troughs on legs that were once common in North Perth.

• Vincent mayor Emma Cole with Emma Boyd (left, who is pictured in the photo with her brother Michael) and Mary Boyd who submitted the winning 1983 photo. Photo courtesy Vincent Council

Other winning entries at last year’s awards included 1950s photos of Vincenzo and Angela Figliomeni’s house on Eton Street, complete with backyard grapevine cultivation as a symbol of the family’s migrant roots.

Longtime Voice reader and contributor Marie Slyth’s four-photo series, featuring different fashions she wore back in the 1950s, also took out a prize.

Every second year the awards have a written history category: The last time it was run in 2016 the award went to Andrew Duckworth’s well-researched tale of the Fireman of North Perth, 1902 to 1926.

If you’re keen to enter head to library.vincent.wa.gov.au or get in touch with the local history centre on 9273 6534

by DAVID BELL

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