See Perth through the lens of time

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PEO­PLE are now able to take a vir­tual tour through Perth and Fre­man­tle’s past from the com­fort of home, thanks to a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the State Li­brary and Curtin Univer­sity.

Cul­ture and the Arts Min­is­ter John Day of­fi­cially launched the His­tor­i­cal Panora­mas – Perth and Fre­man­tle web­site last week.

Over the sum­mer, the State Li­brary and Curtin’s Hub for Im­mer­sive Visu­al­i­sa­tion and eRe­search (HIVE) sup­ported re­search stu­dent Mar­cia Sch­nei­der in sourc­ing views of Perth and Fre­man­tle from old pho­to­graphs in the li­brary’s col­lec­tion.

Ms Sch­nei­der lo­cated where the images were taken so they could be re-pho­tographed from the same van­tage point.

The two images were then used to cre­ate in­ter­ac­tive panora­mas from very dif­fer­ent eras.

Mr Day con­grat­u­lated Curtin and the State Li­brary on the part­ner­ship.

“His­tor­i­cal Panora­mas will help peo­ple see the value of col­lect­ing, pre­serv­ing, con­serv­ing and digi­tis­ing pho­tos,” he said.

“The State Li­brary is al­ways look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways to make its col­lec­tions more ac­ces­si­ble and this project has re­sulted in an ex­cel­lent out­come for the com­mu­nity.

The pho­tos can be viewed at www.his­tor­i­cal­panora­mas

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