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Useful Websites & Resources for Western Australian Research

Resources for WA Research




WA Births Deaths and Marriages

“Reverse” Western Australia Marriage lookup

State Records Office of Western Australia –

State Library of Western Australia

Dead Reckoning: how to find your way through the Genealogical Jungle of Western Australia –

The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc

The Western Australian Post Office Directories 1893 -1949

WA Police Gazettes

Western Australian Newspapers

The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829 – 1888 Volumes I – IV

Perth Dead Persons’ Society –

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s Cemetery Records –

East Perth Cemeteries

200 Voices from the Oral History Records Rescue Group Project

Convict Records of Western Australia –

Fremantle Prison Convict Database

The Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs

Oz Burials Western Australia

Online index of early motor vehicle registrations throughout Western Australia

Databases $$$

Fremantle, Western Australia, Passenger Lists, 1897-1963 –

Western Australia, Australia, Crew and Passenger Lists, 1852-1930

Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Rate Books, 1880-1946

Rockingham, Western Australia, Australia, School Indexes, 1830-1970

Western Australia, Australia, Convict Records, 1846-1930

Western Australia, Railway Records, 1879-1986

Western Australia, Australia, Land Leases, Licences, Applications and Selected Images, 1821-1938

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia Vol. 1 –

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Vol. 2

Western Australia, Public Service Lists, 1871-1905


April 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Early Meeting Memories

Joan and Jess

Founding Members Joan Downes and Jessie Lowrie


“Our Society met at several venues during the early years, the problem was the cost of a hiring a room to hold meetings was beyond our means to pay.

A few times we met in a member’s own home but this we felt was an imposition on the member’s family. Then for several years we were allowed the free use of a room in the Regional Health Centre in Shenton Street which was very nice. However it was always seemed eerie to be in such a huge building at night. After the cleaners left, there were often only 5 or 6 people in the building and at times we did have some odd people who definitely had no interest in genealogy, wander in through the open front doors. On our departure we had to lock the building.

One meeting night, Jess was away, my husband left me at the centre with bags of books, charts etc … food for supper. No other members came  and I was most uneasy but  very glad to be able to use the payphone to call my husband to rescue me. On another evening when Jess Lowrie was away on holiday and Bob (my husband) was in Perth, I pushed my shopping trolley full of books from Carson Terrace around to Shenton Street….Jeff and Dot Ding took me home that time.

The society only had 7 or 8 books available for research at the beginning but there were not many genealogy books available. Jess and I gradually purchased book ourselves and took them to meetings to share with other researchers until we could raise enough money to buy books for the society’s library.

The Society encouraged members to send their family records to be included in the first editions of the Dictionary of Western Australians which appeared in 1979 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of this state. In those early years there were absolutely no Registrar’s General Indexes available. We had to write away for all information and we really watched our letter boxes closely for replies from far off record offices.Research was slow and difficult but very rewarding as we patiently followed up each small clue to uncover our family ancestor’s records in Australia and overseas.”

Written by Joan Downes (1925 -2007) Member No 5 ( originally published in the Midwest Ancestry Magazine Volume 58, March 1988)




April 6, 2017 at 11:59 am 1 comment

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