The role of the Library is to collect preserve and share Western Australian stories. This page focuses on some of our treasures, we have many. Keep coming back here as this page will be regularly updated with new stories and new treasures.

As a commander of the ill-fated ship Batavia, Dutch merchant Francisco Pelsaert documented the adventures and misfortunes in his journal.
photo of a page in the Batavia journal of Francisco Pelsaert
The Rica Erickson Botanical Collection in the Battye Library includes nearly 500 original watercolour illustrations of Western Australian plants as well as personal papers, letters and research papers. Her long and awarded career covers work as a naturalist, botanical artist, historian, writer and genealogist.
Collage of some of Rica Ericksons sketches and watercolour paintings
Posters from Connections Nightclub
Many think that 'treasures' have to be old - we do not believe this. Many of our treasures are simple items that reflect what was happening at the time.
Black and white photo of performers in makeup backstage
A report of the late trial for libel! Clarke versus Macfaul, September 4th, 1835 was compiled by William Nairne Clark, solicitor.
A report of the late trial for libel   Clarke versus Macfaul sic September 4th 1835  compiled by WN Clark