Kings Park and Botanic Garden holds a special place in the hearts and minds of its many millions of visitors and has often been the scene for important events, milestones and celebrations.
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is very interested in building a contemporary social history of Kings Park to complement the recent publication of the factual history of the park by Dorothy Erickson.
The history book entitled "A Joy Forever - the story of Kings Park and Botanic Garden" details the history of the park, from its early struggle to be established to its current status as the most visited tourist destination in Western Australia, an internationally respected reseach facility and the State's symbolic recognition of the ultimate sacrifice many of its people made in times of war. It also tells of the important place the Kings Park land has held in the history of the Nyoongar people of Western Australia.
On Sunday 1 November 2009 at 2.00 pm, ABC Radio National's Hindsight program (radio frequency 810AM) presented a segment on Kings Park's social history. Based on research and personal interviews, it is a fascinating insight into the park. You are able to listen to the podcast from the Hindsight website.
We would also like to hear personal stories from visitors and members of the wider community. We want to know what it is about Kings Park that moves you or that evokes important memories in your life, whether they are happy, sad, fascinating or inspiring stories. Why is this iconic place special to you or your family or friends? If you would like to include any photos with your story, please include any available details about the photograph.You can email your stories or post them to:
Social History Project
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
WEST PERTH WA 6005