Community history

The library’s community history collection features books, brochures, historical photographs, private papers of local identities, records of local organisations, oral history interviews and other interesting items of a bygone era, relating to the Shire.

Items in the community history collection can be viewed by visiting the library. We are also working on providing access by members of the public to this historical information online.


BirtwistleWiki is a City of Armadale project and is coordinated by the Birtwistle Local Studies Library. Our Contribution is a place to discover people from the Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, and Gosnells districts who served in the Great War 1914-1918.

So far, there are over 1000 articles and this number is growing as more information becomes available. If you would like to contribute or correct some facts then please contact Birtwistle Local Studies Library on 9394 5641.

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Community history sound bite

Click the links below to listen to community history audio files.

Rob Gibb - Construction of Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale offices in 1949

A past employee of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Rob Gibb, talks about the Shire offices built in 1949 and how the walk-in safe was constructed with worn out grader blades in the cavity walls for security.

Recorded at the SJ Community Fair 2014 as part of the Mundijong Library’s oral history program, "SJ Remembers”.

Cheryl Trueman - Local resident of Jarrahdale

A resident of Jarrahdale, Cheryl Trueman, tells how she came to live there.
Recorded at the SJ Community Fair 2014 as part of the Mundijong Library’s oral history program, "SJ Remembers”.

Jan Star - A “Fair” experience

A resident of Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale for 36 years talks about her first memory of a fair in the area.

Geoff Wholagan - Mundijong Bakehouse

An interview with Geoff Wholagan. The Wholagan family ran the Mundijong bakehouse from 1952 to the early 1980s. In this sound bite, Geoff describes the brick oven called a Scotch oven, how it was used and maintained.

Bill Burrows Memories of Ernie and Doris George

Ernie and Doris George had very fertile land on Nettleton Road, Byford where he grew vegetables and supplied them to Plaistowe's canning company in West Perth. 

They supplemented their income by cutting timber for Bill's uncle who collected it from them, and other cutters in the area, and sold it for firewood. 

Bill describes how Ernie adapted his tractor and recycled items to build their house and household items.