Community History

Sindy Dowden - Your Community History Librarian

Sindy Dowden – Your Community History Librarian

Welcome to Community History               

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The Community History Library is situated at the Eastern section of The Grove Library in Peppermint Grove. Sindy Dowden,  the Community History Librarian, works Monday & Tuesday, Thursday  & Friday 9am until 3:30pm and can help you locate information within the Collection and assist with community based enquiries.

Our Collection contains information about the people, places and events that have shaped the history of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park.


These include:

    • Books, reports and newsletters such as the Civic Centre News and Mosman Park Review. Most of these are listed in the library catalogue or you can browse under keywords such as Cottesloe history.
    • Photographs – images of local people, places and events. Search the Images collection
    • Oral histories – interviews with local residents sharing their stories and memories.
    • Community News file – newspaper clippings
    • Digital interpretations
    • A mobile Application showcasing a sample of our collection and interpretations

Most of the material is not for loan but may be used within the library and photocopied.


Proudly announcing PAW – our latest community education venture. Are you a community group with historic documents or photographs? Do you have members who are interested in learning how to collate and preserve their family archive? Why not book our new Personal Archives Workshop (PAW). Sessions are free for rate payers and community groups and will cover scanning, accessioning, describing collections together with useful information to record family and community memories.

Expressions of interest are now being requested so that we can start to schedule the sessions.

Contact with the reference PAW to register your interest.



We have a brand new interactive iBook entitled Settling the Western Suburbs.  It is free to download so go ahead and learn about the events which influenced the development of your community.


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The Library Awards for Excellence was announced at The State Library of Western Australia last night…and we won!




State Library WA Foundation announcement on Twitter:





Pictorial History Books

We have three new publications available to view in the library.  They are beautiful pictorial histories of Cottesloe and Mosman Park.  Each book contains a selection of our amazing historic photographs together with brief histories of some of the iconic buildings and places which have shaped the suburbs into the prestigious locations we see today.




Peppermint Grove Heritage Tour

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The Grove Library has developed a digital heritage tour for the beautiful suburb of Peppermint Grove with generous funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts. The trail is a “virtual” tour which is accessible via any internet connected mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet; a limited number of portable Opus devices will also be available for loan from the Grove Library to enable everyone to enjoy the tour.

The content has been researched by Dr Sue Graham Taylor, drawing on the archives of The Grove Library and Presbyterian Ladies College. Professional media company Acousticguide, which has developed tours for major tourist attractions around the world, has produced the final product with professional graphics and narration.

Those taking the tour will be able to view historic images and listen to narration about points of interest viewable along the trail. The physical tour has been designed to take around an hour and a half to complete, in a circuit from The Grove; a pleasant outdoor activity for residents and visitors of Peppermint Grove. Those unable to do the tour in person, can complete the tour “virtually” via the Internet.







Can you help?

If you have any old books, photos or other memorabilia about the area that you would like to share please contact us. We will scan your documents and return them to you. Allowing us to scan them will ensure they are preserved and accessible for future generations.


Want to chat to us or see what events are happening in Community History…then check out our blog.

Follow us on Twitter: @Grove_History


Need help?

If you would like to know more about the history of the area, please get in touch and we will try to help you..

We are open Monday to Thursday 9am until 4pm.

Although the library is usually staffed during these times, the Community History Librarian may have appointments which necessitate closure of the Community History room.  It is therefore recommended that you make an appointment to ensure there is enough time to attend to your enquiry.

Phone: 9286 8686

Alternatively, please fill out this online form.