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Voices of Kwinana - Local History Collection

Explore our City's history through the 'Voices of Kwinana' blog.

Browse a selection of historical photographs, oral histories, information on historic places and pioneer families as well as news about upcoming local history events at the Library.​

Our Oral History and Documentary collection can also be accessed via Voices of Kwinana on YouTube​.​

History Research and Donations

Our Local History Librarian is available to help with historical and genealogical research questions and donations to the collection are always welcome. Appointments can be made by calling the Library on 9236 4300 or emailing. Walk-ins are also welcome.​

Please note that the Local History Librarian hours are:

Wednesday: 9am to 3pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm

Local History Workshops and Events

Scan the Clan
Worried about preserving your family’s photographs? Book a 'Scan the Clan' session with our Local History Librarian and learn how to digitise your family’s old photographs and memories.  
Appointments are available from Wednesday to Friday.  
Please call or email the Library on 9236 4300 to make a booking.

Calendar of Events
Voices of Kwinana is proud to bring our community a regular calendar of local heritage workshop and events.  

For more information on upcoming events, please visit Voices of Kwinana or check out What's On Kwinana​. ​

Local History Collection

Located behind the Children’s section in Kwinana Library, this collection is available for borrowing and contains histories of local people, places, organisations and industries including oral history interviews that span Aboriginal, pioneer and modern experiences of living in the Kwinana area. 

Aboriginal Collection​
A special collection of resources about Aboriginal culture and Dreaming stories is also available for borrowing.

Genealogy Databases​

Premium eResource - use within library only
Ancestry provides access to thousands of information databases including U.K. census returns (1841-1901), Australian electoral rolls (1901-1954), U.​S. census returns and much more.

Premium eResource - use within library only
A family history and genealogy website with millions of records covering Australia and New Zealand​.

Please contact the library to book a session on a library computer to use Ancestry or Find My Past.
Includes online genealogical resources developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The most well-known is the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which contains millions of entries (mainly baptisms and marriages) often transcribed from the church parish registers of various denominations in North America, the British Isles and Finland. Records span the years from 1500 to 1900. Individuals have also submitted entries. Inaccuracies are possible so the index information should be checked against the original source.

Provides search access to the Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales. FreeBMD is a volunteer project to transcribe the index for the period 1837-1983. Good coverage from 1837 until around 1920 although still not 100% complete. At present, the coverage after 1920 can be low. To check on progress, visit the site’s information pages​ and view the coverage charts for the years and registration events which interest you.​​
Page reviewed: 19 Feb 2018 4:02pm