Aboriginal history

Working with Aboriginal communities to connect people to Aboriginal history, promote reconciliation and celebrate the richness of Aboriginal history in Western Australia.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
The department works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promote reconciliation in the wider WA community. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal culture and history in WA.

Aboriginal history

Richard Wallery-Stack with a didgeridoo

Aboriginal History Research Services

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

A history image of Aboriginal women peeling potatoes

Family history

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

Two Aboriginal men and an Aboriginal women in front of a tent

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.


Native title

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

PALS funding

Street banners on St Georges Terrace, Perth


Funding for schools to celebrate Aboriginal culture in the classroom.

Publications and projects

The Served With Honour cover

They Served With Honour

Discover the untold stories of Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen at Gallipoli.

No Less Worthy cover

No Less Worthy

This book outlines the significant contributions of WA Aboriginal volunteers in World War I.

Moore River Native Settlement Centenary Photographic Collection cover

Moore River Native Settlement and Mogumber Cemetery Centenary

View the Moore River Native Settlement Centenary photo collection.​

Right Wrongs - 67 Referendum - WA 50 years on

To acknowledge this momentous occasion 50 years on, the Aboriginal History Research Unit of the WA Department of Aboriginal Affairs developed an information toolkit to provide a unique WA perspective of this event.


History no mystery thanks to local governments

May 9, 2019, 16:16 PM by Geoff White
The Shire of Broome, City of Cockburn and City of Kalamunda​ were among 17 local governments that helped showcase Aboriginal culture and history to their communities through Reconciliation Week celebrations.

Celebrated from 27 May to 3 June each year, this year's reconciliation message was Don't Keep History a Mystery.

To acknowledge Reconciliation Week, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries coordinates the Street Banner Project which promotes reconciliation through banners sponsored by organisations, that are placed in prominent locations across Western Australia.

The project has been running since 2011 with the support of a growing number of organisations. This year, over 115 organisations are involved in sponsoring 335 reconciliation banners. The project has expanded to include metropolitan and regional local governments.

The artwork chosen for this year's design is by Katie Ward (Warakurna Artists) titled Wirrwul. The artwork depicts the landscape and lakes of Wirrwul (Lake Blair), about 100 kilometres out of Patjarr.

It's a special place for Katie and her family and they often visit to maintain and care for the land. This artwork was displayed at the Revealed Art Exhibition.

The Reconciliation Week design was also displayed on Yagan Square's digital tower. Thanks to all local governments that got involved. 


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National Family History Month

National Family History Month will be launched in Perth to raise awareness of the various aspects of genealogy and family history including local history and military history.
Page reviewed 05 August 2019