Western Australia State Office – Perth
National Archives of Australia
Ground Floor, William Square
45 Francis Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Tel: (08) 9470 7500
PO Box 239, Northbridge WA 6865
New Office and changed access arrangements
The new Western Australia Office in Northbridge incorporates a research centre, seminar facilities, an exhibition space and administration offices for Perth staff. It is a convenient one-stop shop for all your National Archives needs, from viewing records to taking in the latest display of collection material.
The National Archives now has a dual-site operational model in Western Australia, with access services (Northbridge) and records storage (Belmont) in separate locations.
This change means records must now be ordered in advance. To avoid delays we encourage researchers contact us before they visit.
9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Fridays, closed public holidays.
9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Thursday, closed public holidays.
Limited street parking is available in front of William Square. 24-hour undercover parking is available a short walk away beneath the State Library in the No 11 Perth City Council car park. Check alternative parking in Northbridge and the CBD.
The National Archives is a short walk from the Perth Railway Station and the Wellington Street Bus Station. Blue CAT Buses stop close by in William Street.
Taxi pick up and drop off is at the Williams Square entrance.
School buses and coaches
There is limited bus parking the business entrance. Parking is also available at the rear of the building by prior arrangement.
All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.
A toilet with disabled facilities is located near the Research Centre.
Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.
The collection in Perth
With whales' teeth and weather records from the early years of the Swan River Colony, the collection in Perth is rich and diverse. It documents a variety of Commonwealth government activities, including migration, customs, postal and telegraph services, meteorology, veterans' affairs, and Aboriginal affairs. The collection also encompasses scientific research, civil aviation, and the administration of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
While most of the records date from Federation and beyond, the collection includes some nineteenth century records inherited from the Western Australian colonial government when functions such as customs and postal services passed to the Commonwealth.
Highlights of the Perth collection include nineteenth century meteorological records, historic photographic collections of Customs and the Postmaster General's Department, and lighthouse records. Plans, drawings and construction files for post and telegraph offices document the early development of a communication network in Western Australia. Samples of whale teeth and the bird research papers of Dr DL Serventy are among CSIRO records held in Perth.
A large collection of migrant records includes certificates of exemption from the Dictation Test, alien registrations, migrant selection documents and naturalisation files. As Fremantle was the first port of call for many migrants, the passenger lists held in Perth are a rich source for researchers seeking information about the arrival of family members in Australia.