The State Library of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land and culture.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present. The Library is honoured to be located on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

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Reconnecting Indigenous culture and heritage collections to communities, families and individuals.

SLWA on ABC Radio

Battye Historian, Dr. Kate Gregory and Senior Archivist at the State Records Office of WA, Damien Hassan reveal fascinating stories from WA’s past with Christine Layton on the WA Afternoons program.

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What's On Today and Upcoming Events

Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am
Volunteers from the FHWA provide extra assistance to family history researchers. Please note this service is run by volunteers and may not always be available.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Thu 6 Apr 2023
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.
Journalism and Creative Writing with Molly Schmidt
In this workshop, journalist and author Molly Schmidt will discuss how her journalism career and writing practice are mutually informative and support each other. Learn how to develop a pitch and interview questions to kickstart your story.


Collecting and preserving Western Australian history through photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, films, oral histories, music and post office directories. View highlights, learn more about our vast heritage collection and find out how to search the catalogue.

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