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Ghosts of Perth - National Archives of Australia

Ghosts of Perth - National Archives of Australia

Every city has its ghosts — traces of past residents, communities and buildings. What ghosts haunt Perth's history?

Hear speakers from the local heritage sector who will explore our city's ghosts in various incarnations. 

In this public talk, Eddie Marcus — historian, heritage consultant and founder of the blog Dodgy Perth — will discuss the practice of spiritualism in 1920s and 1930s Perth. Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle even makes an appearance in this story of speaking with the dead.

Archivist Helen Hopper, from State Records Office of WA, will explore the life and times of intrepid police officer Inspector Farley in late 19th-century Perth. He rose through the ranks, keeping not only Perth’s streets safe but also pursuing pirates beyond our shores. Hear how a treasure hunt through the archives can bring Farley to life but might not lay his ghost to rest.

Sometimes traces of the characters, sounds and sights of Perth's past — from street gangs to sumptuous department stores — can be found in unexpected places. National Archives' Kellie Abbott will highlight 'ghosts' that live on in archival collections.

Event Details: Suitable for Adults, Free Admission - Bookings Required, Wheelchair Accessible, Audio Description Available

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    Event Showings

    29 April | 10:30am - 12pm

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    Free Ticketed event

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    National Archives of Australia (WA)

    Ground Floor, William Square, 45 Francis Street

    Northbridge WA 6003

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