The State Library of Western Australia is the official library for the state of Western Australia.

They have a Genealogy Centre at the Library and an online Family History collection with research guides and resources. Visit the site for their many online collections. Some collection descriptions and links from their site include:


Police Gazettes

  • These are free, online resources for the years 1876 to 1900, and include arrest records, warrants, escaped prisoners, police employee records, descriptions of prisoners, deserters from military service, etc.

Post Office Directories

  • These are Western Australia Directories for years ranging from 1893 to 1949. “The post office directories provide information by locality, individual surname, government service, and by trade or profession. The different sections enable the enquirer to see at a glance the householders or businesses in any one town; the address of any householder or business in the State; and the businesses or individuals throughout Western Australia engaged in any trade or profession.”

Private Archives

  • “The Private Archives Collection includes architectural plans, baptismal, marriage and burial records, correspondence, diaries, maps and microforms, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings, station accounts, and unpublished reports.” These are not available online but you can see the record collections donated by the Anglican Church, Freemasons, and Uniting Church.

Ships and Passengers


J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History


  • The State Library of Western Australia Battye Library has an online catalogue with indexed newspaper articles and many titles are available online through Trove.


  • “Subject coverage includes portraits of people from all walks of life, social gatherings, dances, sporting events, business activities, rural and mining industries, transport, etc.”

Oral Histories

  • “The 200 voices from the Oral History Records Rescue Group project can be heard online.”


National Archives & Public Records a joint digitizing project

Dead Reckoning – State Library of Western Australia Research Guides


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