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.

Bushland

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

PALS

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.

News

Sponsor a street banner

May 9, 2019, 16:13 PM by Geoff White
Local governments are invited to participate in the 2019 Reconciliation Week – Street Banner Project by sponsoring a reconciliation banner.
Local governments are invited to participate in the 2019 Reconciliation Week – Street Banner Project by sponsoring a reconciliation banner.
 
Along with the sponsoring organisation’s corporate logo, the banners will feature the artwork Karrkurinkinjta by WA Aboriginal artist Valmayi Nampitjinpa (Tjarlirli Art Centre) and this year’s reconciliation message.
 
This project aims to increase the community’s awareness and appreciate of Reconciliation Week and the acknowledgement of WA’s rich Aboriginal culture and history. The department encourages corporate, government and non-government organisations and small businesses to support this project.
 
To find out more about getting involved, please download the information package​. Completed applications are to be submitted by Friday, 29 March 2019. 

Events

National Family History Month logo

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