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Aboriginal History Research Services

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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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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.

Wadjemup online database

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

A history of Aboriginal incarceration at Rottnest Prison

A reconciliation project acknowledging the prison history between 1900-1931, with new research discoveries and historical photographs. Launching in November. Watch this space for regular updates and progress.

Publications and projects

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

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

Moore River Native Settlement Centenary photographic collection​
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No Less Worthy

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

Right Wrongs

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

They Served With Honour

Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.


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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