WA history

The Rabbit-Proof Fence has in recent years become synonymous with the ‘Stolen Generation’ through the 2002 film which explored the subject of Aboriginal children being forcibly removed from their parents by racist colonial government policy.
The State Library partnered with Screenwest to deliver the WA Reflections initiative. WA filmmakers created five short documentaries and a VR experience to transform and showcase stories from the Library's collections.
Robin Miller fought against gender expectations and sterotypes to deliver vaccines to the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
Do you remember the Red Castle Motel at 200 Great Eastern Highway in Rivervale?
For many years Kate trudged Fremantle’s streets selling newspapers and was described as one of the "best-known identities of Fremantle".
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.
As a commander of the ill-fated ship Batavia, Dutch merchant Francisco Pelsaert documented the adventures and misfortunes in his journal.
Edith Cowan was one of Western Australia’s most important social reformers and a notable champion of women’s rights.

The Reading Room was named in honour of Leah Jane Cohen and her generous bequest to the Library Board.

A life-long love for research and history meant Dr Rica Erickson was a regular at the State Library.