Aboriginal history

Working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to their Aboriginal ancestry, promote reconciliation and celebrate the richness of our shared history.

Online indexes and special projects

Access historical records and information relating to Aboriginal Western Australians.

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Research services

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Aboriginal History Research Services

Helping Aboriginal families with ancestral information through professional researchers, advice for native title and general research.

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Family history

Need help with your Aboriginal family history research? We may hold information in our collections about you or your direct ancestors.

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General research

This is a site for authors, academics, students, government agencies and people doing community history research or anyone with an interest in Aboriginal history in WA.

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Native title

Native title researchers can request access to records to gather evidence relevant to a native title claim.

Current Projects

Map of Wadjemup prepared by surveyor A.J. Lewis with later amendments, c.1909. S2168, cons5698, item 1493, State Records Office of WA

Wadjemup online database

A history of Aboriginal incarceration at Rottnest Prison 1900-1931.

Norman Tindale Index

Norman Tindale Name Index

Genealogies and photographs of Aboriginal People collected from across Western Australian 1935-1966

Publications and projects

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

Map
An online interactive map acknowledging the names of Noongar places throughout the Perth CBD area, also known as Boorlo or Burrell in the Noongar language.
Moore River Native Settlement Centenary Photographic Collection cover

Moore River Native Settlement and Mogumber Cemetery Centenary

Book
Moore River Native Settlement Centenary photographic collection​
No Less Worthy cover

No Less Worthy

Book
A publication acknowledging the significant contribution of WA Aboriginal volunteers to the World War One effort.

Right Wrongs

Toolkit
'67 Referendum – WA 50 years on.
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They Served With Honour

Book
Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.

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Page reviewed 05 August 2019