National Trust of Western Australia, Perth

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Trust of Western Australia, Perth

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Community

Contact area


Librarian/Heritage Department



Street address

Old Observatory, 4 Havelock Street, West Perth
Postal address: PO Box 1162 West Perth WA 6872




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9321 6088



Description area


The National Trust of Western Australia was founded in 1959 by a group of concerned citizens who identified the need to promote heritage conservation. This group grew rapidly and some five years later, a state Act of Parliament was passed which formally established the National Trust as an independent community-based organisation. The National Trust is a registered charity.

The National Trust of Western Australia works to raise knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to Western Australia's natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage. It achieves this through the conservation and interpretation of heritage places it manages on behalf of the community and government of Western Australia, through education and learning programs, and through community consultation and engagement.

The Trust also makes research documentation available to the community of Western Australia. The archives has information on over 3,000 heritage places.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The National Trust of Australia (WA) Act 1964

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Librarian/Heritage Department

Records management and collecting policies

Material relating to heritage places in Western Australia and reports of related organisations.



The archives have information on over 3000 heritage places, and related organisations and include, for example:

  • Files
  • Technical reports, 1960-
  • Architectural drawings, maps and plans, 1896-
  • Photographs, tape recordings, films, video tapes and slides, 1905-
  • Computer records and electronically stored information
  • National Trust of WA: Newsletters, 1960-
  • National Trust of Australia: Annual reports, 1960- .

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open by appointment.

Access conditions and requirements

The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives the community the right to apply for access to documents held by State Public Sector agencies.
As a statutory authority, the National Trust of Australia (WA) (the Trust) is required to assist the community to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost, and to ensure that personal information held is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading. For further information, including a request form, see under Policies and Rules on


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance is available.

Reproduction services

Copying services are available for books, journals, original records to A3, photographs, maps and plans.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Old Observatory, 4 Havelock Street, West Perth Postal address: PO Box 1162 West Perth WA 6872
Perth, Western Australia 6005