National Archives of Australia, Western Australia State Office, Perth

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Forme autorisée du nom

National Archives of Australia, Western Australia State Office, Perth

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  • National

Zone du contact


Manager Reference and Access Services Western Australia



Adresse physique

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




Western Australia

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08 9470 7500




Zone de description

Contexte géographique et culturel

Textes de référence

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Structure administrative

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

Gestion des archives courantes et intermédiaires et politiques de collecte



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.

Instruments de recherche, guides et 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:

Zone de l'accès

Heures d'ouverture

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

Conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

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

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Services d'aide à la recherche

Services de reproduction

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

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Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées


Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

Revised 11 February 2022




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Points d'accès

  • Presse-papier

Contact principal

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