During the 20 years leading up to World War I, the first gold boom had transformed Perth from a sleepy country town, whose modest buildings were dominated by the relative grandeur of Government House and Perth Town Hall, into a thriving and busy city. With the boom came a rush of new buildings which gave Perth’s still un-metalled streets a new air of refined elegance. The War however changed all that. With 10% of the population, many of them tradesmen and labourers, away at the front, the burden of ‘keeping Perth going’ fell those left behind. Mining declined and building work in the city all but ceased. This exhibition presents a snapshot of Perth and the people who lived here in 1914.