Imagine the joy of uncovering family stories and seeing photographs that you thought either never existed or that were lost forever? The Storylines resource is accessible via the State Library of WA website and provides a link to thousands of photographs, oral histories, historical documents and family trees.

In addition to providing a central website for access to Aboriginal heritage archives, the Storylines project works with remote communities, enabling them to develop their own collections that complement the ever-growing database.   These communities have control of all materials and information in their collection and are able to restrict access to sensitive information.

State Library’s Andrew Meredith was engaged by Coordinator Library Services, Cheryl Weston to train staff and introduce the resource to our community through a number of information sessions.

If you would like to learn more or if you would like to discuss the possibility of contributing your own photographs and other materials, please visit Carnarvon Library and Gallery in person or call/e-mail us on (08) 9941 3727 / library.staff@carnarvon.wa.gov.au.

Ready to explore? If you don’t have access at home, visit the library to use the dedicated Storylines computer. Go to https://slwa.wa.gov.au/explore-discover/indigenous-wa/storylines to begin your journey of discovery.

Thomas Cameron, Rodney Bellotti and Cheryl Weston

Andrew Meredith with Penelope Walker. Penelope was able to identify previously unknown school girls in an old photograph dating back to the 1950s.