Aboriginal history

Working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to their Aboriginal ancestry, promote reconciliation and celebrate the richness of our shared history.

Online indexes and special projects

Access historical records and information relating to Aboriginal Western Australians.

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Research services

Richard Wallery-Stack with a didgeridoo

Aboriginal History Research Services

Helping Aboriginal families with ancestral information through professional researchers, advice for native title and general research.

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Family history

Need help with your Aboriginal family history research? We may hold information in our collections about you or your direct ancestors.

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General research

This is a site for authors, academics, students, government agencies and people doing community history research or anyone with an interest in Aboriginal history in WA.

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Native title

Native title researchers can request access to records to gather evidence relevant to a native title claim.

Wadjemup online database

Map of Wadjemup prepared by surveyor A.J. Lewis with later amendments, c.1909. S2168, cons5698, item 1493, State Records Office of WA

A history of Aboriginal incarceration at Rottnest Prison

A reconciliation project acknowledging the prison history between 1900-1931, with new research discoveries and historical photographs. Launching in November. Watch this space for regular updates and progress.

Publications and projects

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper)

Map
An online interactive map acknowledging the names of Noongar places throughout the Perth CBD area, also known as Boorlo or Burrell in the Noongar language.
Moore River Native Settlement Centenary Photographic Collection cover

Moore River Native Settlement and Mogumber Cemetery Centenary

Book
Moore River Native Settlement Centenary photographic collection​
No Less Worthy cover

No Less Worthy

Book
A publication acknowledging the significant contribution of WA Aboriginal volunteers to the World War One effort.

Right Wrongs

Toolkit
'67 Referendum – WA 50 years on.
They Served With Honour cover

They Served With Honour

Book
Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.

News

'In this together': online National Reconciliation Week celebrations begin this week

May 26, 2020, 12:33 PM by Andrea Prestini
Western Australians are encouraged to join the digital celebration of Reconciliation Week 2020, as COVID-19 reminds us that, more than ever, we are 'In this together'.

The national celebration of Reconciliation Week starts tomorrow (May 27) and runs until Wednesday, June 3.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large public gatherings have been replaced with immersive online content, including storytelling and videos, to empower Australians to understand and better participate in truth telling. 

Reconciliation WA has compiled a video series called Reconciliation Conversations, which features prominent Aboriginal Western Australians including Des Headland, Tui Raven, Richard Walley, Robyn Smith-Walley and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt.

This year's theme, 'In this together', is a theme that Western Australians have embraced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a remarkable display of mutual respect and collaboration, industry, governments, Aboriginal communities and individuals have over the past three months partnered to protect Aboriginal communities from the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about Reconciliation Week 2020, visit the Reconciliation WA website.

Read the full media statement.

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Page reviewed 25 September 2020