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.

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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.

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)

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.
They Served With Honour cover

They Served With Honour

Book
Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.

News

Aboriginal History WA helping Western Australians unlock their Aboriginal ancestry

Jun 26, 2020, 11:44 AM by Geoff White
The important work of the department’s Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) unit was recognised during National Reconciliation Week.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt encouraged Western Australians to use the services of AHWA to learn about their Aboriginal ancestry, after gaining access to his own family records.

The important work of the department’s Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) unit was recognised during National Reconciliation Week.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt encouraged Western Australians to use the services of AHWA to learn about their Aboriginal ancestry, after gaining access to his own family records.

The Healing Foundation recently identified the need for individuals impacted by past government policies to have access to records about themselves, their families and origins for healing and reconciliation to occur.

The Minister, whose father was placed at Sister Kate's, a children's orphanage in Queens Park, previously accessed his family records to get a greater understanding of his ancestry and connection to country.

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