Western Australia is a story. Its complex characters add colour and passion to the rich tapestry of our city; layers of personal victories, overwhelming joy, lessons learnt and heartbreaking rejection. Our young city, built on ancient land, has been physically shaped by water and wind, but it’s the people who live here that continue to shape its bright future.
The people of Western Australia have developed a distinct culture; we are a diverse, migrant community with a strong Aboriginal history and a unique isolation. In this exhibition we single out twelve individuals whose personal stories shape and shed light on our recent history. We hear from outsiders who fought their way into tight-knit communities to become leaders, stories of childhood wonder, great discoveries, enterprise, bold ideas and every-day experiences that fill our memories.
The Museum of Perth chronicles the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth, and now we thrust its people into the spotlight. These characters create, reflect, advocate and persevere to shape our city. We invite you to get to know the exhibition’s subjects through layers of photography, biography, oral history and artefacts. Combined, they provide a tiny glimpse of the fascinating story of this place we call home.