Sometimes you can find interesting book related exhibits in small museums like this early 19th century hand drawn pattern book. It’s on display at the old Courthouse in the Guildford Heritage Precinct which is 12km from the centre of Perth. The book was given to Sophie Roe, who was the eldest child of John Septimus Roe, the surveyor who laid out the towns of Perth and Guildford in the 1830s.
The seaside town of Geraldton, 415km north of Perth, was the birthplace of writer, Randolph Stow. Born on 28 November 1935, Stow wrote about his childhood in and around the town of Geraldton in the novel, “The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea”.
There are several different merry-go-rounds in the novel. The one in the sea was actually a shipwreck off the main swimming beach, but the beach has been redeveloped and the wreck is gone.
The second merry-go-round is the one that appears in the opening chapter of the novel. Amazingly, it is still there, beneath a spreading Moreton Bay fig tree alongside the old two storey library building. The current merry-go-round is a replica of the one in the novel, which had already fallen into disrepair during the closing chapters of the book.
The Subiaco Christmas Night of Lights was a fun event held on Rokeby Road last Friday. We enjoyed the food, entertainment and fun atmosphere, and also picked up a couple of free books. The City of Subiaco public library were giving away unwanted stock and we picked up a novel by Tom Keneally and a history of “William Dampier in New Holland”.
The Dymocks bookstore on Rokeby Road in Subiaco has a new owner. Tim, who is still only in his twenties, and must be Perth’s youngest bookseller, has stocked the store with heaps of interesting books. It’s good to see a local book shop that is thriving.
We were at the Bonjour Perth festival in Subiaco on Saturday. A very fun event with French food and entertainment and even this French bookstore in a bus. Selling mostly educational and children’s books in French, the bus seems to be Perth-based. But for November the bus will be at various locations on the east coast of Australia, including at Wagga Wagga NSW this Saturday (Oct 28) and Canberra on Sunday.
The Lane Bookshop is hidden away in Old Theatre Lane off Bayview Terrace in Claremont. It has an excellent selection of books and you could spend hours browsing.
Hayley Welsh is another Perth-based artist whose work is closely associated with books. Recently we spotted one of her little creatures on the wall of the Lane Bookshop in Claremont.
Visited Diabolik Books, in Mt Hawthorn, for the first time on the weekend. Great selection of books including new releases of titles by now not so popular Australian authors such as Randolph Stow and Christina Stead.
We were in Mt Hawthorn, an inner suburb of Perth, yesterday, and noticed this quote from Virginia Woolf. It was on a board outside Magna Pizza, where we had a great lunch, sitting outside in the warm late autumn sun.
As one of Perth’s oldest suburbs, Subiaco has lots of historical connections, including a park named after an eminent 19th century botanist. Ferdinand von Mueller came to Australia from Germany in 1847. He held the position of government botanist in the state of Victoria and travelled widely collecting botanical specimens.
He was a prolific writer, publishing many scientific papers and important books such as “Eucalyptographia: A Descriptive Atlas of the Eucalypts of Australia and the Adjoining Islands”.
Mueller Park has some large gum trees (eucalypts) and also avenues of Norfolk Island pines and very old Peppermint trees.