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Fremantle History Centre

The Fremantle History Centre collection provides information about Fremantle, East Fremantle and neighbouring suburbs in the local government area.The local history collection has an extensive compilation of books, pamphlets, brochures, local newspapers, reports, photos, maps and oral histories.You can access published and unpublished documents, as well as other original material, including biographical and building history files. All material is available for use in the library, but cannot be borrowed.

Fremantle History Centre photographic database

View our photographic collection.

For use of these images including reproduction for commercial or private purposes, contact the Fremantle History Centre on 08 9432 9739 or Our conditions are included in the order form.

Our older database is no longer updated so please update your links.

Local history and you

If you have any local history items of interest you would like to donate or loan — photographs, books, memorabilia, art works, papers of local societies and organisations — we would like to hear from you. Contact us on 08 9432 9739 or email

Family history

You can access and search the extensive databases of Ancestry ( at the local history collection, as well as on the internet computers throughout the library, and start tracing your family tree.

Use Intramaps to assist with your research

IntraMaps is an easy-to-use geographic information system that retrieves information and displays it spatially and textually. It will only display information that is already in the public domain.

It is useful in local history research for Fremantle as you are able to compare properties, parks, public spaces, streets etc. over time using aerial photographs from earlier years. The 1948 aerial view is especially useful in this respect.


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