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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of books, pamphlets, brochures, local newspapers, reports, photos, maps and oral histories.You can access published and unpublished documents, as well as other original material, including biographical and building history files.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

The Fremantle History Centre is currently trialing a new photographic database. We would like to hear your feedback - contact us on 08 9432 9739 or email

The older database is still available to search and view.

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.


Contact us

Fremantle History Centre
Town Hall Centre
William Street, Fremantle
T 08 9432 9739
F 08 9432 9895

The Fremantle History Centre is located at the rear of the library.

Fremantle History Centre will be closed from 29 December 2014 until 1 January 2015 inclusive. 

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9.30 am-5.00 pm

Useful links


Australian Copyright Council
Australian War Memorial
Heritage Council of Western Australia
Historical Newspapers
Picture Australia
Post Office Directories
State Records Office
State Library - Guide to WA History
Australian Bureau of Statistics
National Trust of Australia (WA)
Australian Heritage Photographic Library
Community Newspapers Online

Family history

Western Australian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
Perth Dead Person's Society
National Archives of Australia
Western Australian Genealogy Society

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