National Archives of Australia, Western Australia State Office, Perth

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Archives of Australia, Western Australia State Office, Perth

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • National

Contact area


Manager Reference and Access Services Western Australia



Street address

Ground Floor, William Square, 45 Francis Street, Northbridge Postal address: PO Box 239, Northbridge WA 6865




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9470 7500




Description area

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Director, Western Australia State Office

Records management and collecting policies



With whales’ teeth and weather records from the early years of the Swan River Colony, the National Archives collection in Perth is rich and diverse. It documents a variety of Commonwealth government activities, including migration, customs, postal and telegraph services, meteorology, veterans’ affairs, and Aboriginal affairs. The collection also encompasses scientific research, civil aviation, and the administration of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

While most of the records date from Federation and beyond, the collection includes some nineteenth century records inherited from the Western Australian colonial government when functions such as customs and postal services passed to the Commonwealth.

Highlights of the Perth collection include nineteenth century meteorological records, historic photographic collections of Customs and the Postmaster General’s Department, and lighthouse records. Plans, drawings and construction files for post and telegraph offices document the early development of a communication network in Western Australia. Samples of whale teeth and the bird research papers of Dr DL Serventy are among CSIRO records held in Perth.

A large collection of migrant records includes certificates of exemption from the Dictation Test, alien registrations, migrant selection documents and naturalisation files. As Fremantle was the first port of call for many migrants, the passenger lists held in Perth are a rich source for researchers seeking information about the arrival of family members in Australia.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The National Archives’ collection database, RecordSearch, gives online access to the National Archives’ holdings Australia-wide.
For access to RecordSearch, see the link from
For a list of research guides to the National Archives’ collection, see:

Access area

Opening times

The research centre is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Note: For up-to-date information on opening times, see

Access conditions and requirements

The National Archives now has a dual-site operational model in Western Australia, with access services (Northbridge) and records storage (Belmont) in separate locations.

This change in 2018-19 means records must now be ordered in advance. To avoid delays we encourage researchers contact us (at ) before they visit.

See also National Archives of Australia, National Office


Maps and information about parking, public transport and onsite wheelchair access to the research centre are available at

Services area

Reproduction services

Information about ordering copies of records and associated fees is available at

Public areas

Control area

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Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 11 February 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Ground Floor, William Square, 45 Francis Street, Northbridge
Postal address: PO Box 239, Northbridge WA 6865
Perth, Western Australia 6003