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Local History Photographic Competition 2017

Entries for the 2017 Local History Photographic Competition are now open! This year’s competition theme is Celebrating Belmont. Dig out photos of your favourite memories of celebrations in the City of Belmont, from family parties to casual picnics.

The first prize is $500, with two highly commended prizes of $100 also up for grabs.

It’s easy to enter! Just dig out an old photograph which tells a story about your favourite celebration in the City of Belmont. Bonus points if it also reveals an interesting or unknown aspect of the City of Belmont’s history. That includes Ascot, Kewdale, Redcliffe, Rivervale, Cloverdale, Belmont and areas known under previous names such as South Belmont and Newburn. Tell us as much as you can about the photo - where and when it was taken, who took it and who’s in it. What is the story behind it?

Entries can be submitted in person, by post or online at

Entries close on Friday, 1 September 2017.

For more information please contact the Local History Curator on 9477 7450 or email

Museum Conversations 

The Belmont Museum holds free Question and Answer sessions on fascinating history topics with great guest speakers.


Watch this space for updates and more details, or drop into the Museum to find out what’s happening.

New Exhibition: Welcome to Goorgyp

The Mini Museum in the Ruth Faulkner Public Library has a new exhibition for NAIDOC week, Welcome to Goorgyp, on display from July to September 2017.

The Whadjuk Noongar word for the Belmont area is Goorgyp, meaning ‘a cold place’. It is believed to have been used by Aboriginal communities for many generations. Come and see the Belmont Museum’s fascinating collection of Aboriginal artefacts.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week is ‘Our Languages Matter’. At the Museum, visitors also have an opportunity to learn some of the local Noongar dialect and explore the history of the 1967 Referendum, when Australia voted to change the Constitution. There was a great spirit of hope, as Aboriginal rights were discussed and promoted. Find out how Belmont voted!

Check it out during the Museum’s expanded opening hours, Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm inside the Ruth Faulkner Public Library.