Community History Research

Where to start…

Of course we can help answer that niggling question you’ve been pondering over but if you love research take a look at the links below.

There are numerous sites which may be useful for Historical research.  Below is a small selection of the sites we use here in Community History.


Trove is an exciting search engine that gives you access to more than 90 million items in Australian collections. It includes books, video and sound files, images, manuscripts, original research and newspaper articles. Many of the items are available for viewing online and others are found in Australian library collections.

You can search Trove using the LINK:  Search Trove

Western Australian Resources

State Library of Western Australia is a rich resource for West Australian history and their history guides are a good starting point.

Guide to WA History covers electoral rolls, births, deaths and marriages, passenger lists, land, building and architecture and more.

Westraliana is a guide to the State Library’s rich collection of material about Western Australia. The JS Battye Library holds the largest collection of material relating to Western Australia in the world.

Post Office Directories – try this if you want to know who lived in your house between 1893 and 1949. Cottesloe first appears in 1894 under the provincial section. Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park are listed under Cottesloe.

Dead Reckoning is an online guide to finding your way through the genealogical jungle of Western Australia.

Police Gazette of Western Australia 1876-1900 – an online record of the seamier side of history.

State Records Office stores the archives of State and Local Government. It has microfilm copies of minute and rate books for the local councils as well as records from local bodies such as state schools.

Heritage Council of WA – the InHerit Database lists places on the State Register of Heritage Places as well as those on local government heritage inventories, Commonwealth age lists and places classified by the National Trust.

RSL Living History Project – find out the history of Returned and Serviceman’s League of Australia – WA Branch