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The Library collection consists of material that deals specifically with Western Australia and its history. It is a reference library and items are not for loan. Much of the material in the collection has been donated to the Society.


Our Collection

The collection includes:

  • Books and journals
  • Maps of Western Australian regions and towns, early subdivision maps and real estate posters
  • Limited holdings of early newspapers, such as the Perth Gazette, the Inquirer and Western Mail
  • Documents, including early letters, pamphlets and ephemera
  • Newspaper cuttings, clipped currently and filed by subject
  • Essays submitted for various competitions
  • Private papers of individuals and organizations, documented and indexed
  • Early Days, the annual scholarly publication of the Society


The Library’s catalogue is online. It can be accessed via the Society’s website at the Collections: Research Western Australian History page

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You are invited to visit the Library or complete this Library Research Enquiry Form.

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The Library is free to members.  Non-members are charged a fee of $10 and institutions are charged $22 to use the collections.  Fees are also charged for copying of documents and images.


Donations of materials to the Library collection are welcome.  Contact Email or Phone +61 8 9386 3841

Donations are assessed by the RWAHS Library committee to ensure that they are suitable for the collection and can be appropriately housed and managed by the Society.