Research resources

Research resources

Use these resources to help with your family history or property research.

Looking for people?

  • State Library - Guide to WA History  – Provides great links for family history research as well as online databases
  • Post Office Directories - Lists people by locality, individual surname, government service, and by trade or profession. Covers 1893-1949.
  • State Records Office - Includes hospital and health records, births deaths and marriages, prison and gaol records.
  • Western Australian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages – Search the online indexes for births deaths and marriages as follows, Births (1841-1932),  Deaths (1841-1971) and Marriages (1841-1936).
  • Metropolitan Cemeteries Board – Looking for where someone may be buried, search the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board for Fremantle Cemetery, Karrakatta Cemetery,   Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Guildford Cemetery, Midland Cemetery and Rockingham Regional Memorial Park
  • East Perth Cemeteries – Search for burials at the East Perth Cemetery.
  • National Archives of Australia – Looking for immigration records or passenger lists, check out this archive which includes records about immigration, military service, transport, Indigenous Australians and science and the environment.
  • Australian War Memorial – Find out information about family members or individuals involved in Australian conflicts

Looking for properties?

  • Heritage Council of Western Australia – Search the database to find out if your property is on the Municipal  Heritage Inventory or on the State Register
  • Post Office Directories – Address information to help the postman deliver letters.  Great to discover who lived in your house over the years from 1893 to 1949.
  • Australian Heritage Photographic Library – interested in heritage, explore this website to find images and information about heritage sites in your local area.
  • Intramaps can give you heritage information about your property in the Fremantle area.


Fremantle History Centre collection

Rate books
On microfilm, you can search rate books that cover the general City of Fremantle area from 1880 to 1982. North Fremantle has separate rate books on microfilm for the period 1921 to 1935. East Fremantle has Water Rate Books for the period 1934 to 1948. Hint: search these by lot number!

Biographical files
Histories of Fremantle’s founding and most famous families can be found here. These files can include genealogies, public notices, newspaper clippings, and other forms of information. There are hundreds of names to be discovered.

We store hard copies of the most recent editions of local newspapers and there are microfilmed copies of old newspapers with an index to help you find them. Gradually, more editions are being digitised and are going to be available online on Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online newspaper archive.

Fremantle Council minutes and agendas
January 1856 to May 1920 are on microfilm; 1920 to 1962 are stored at the State Records Office in Perth; January 1963 to march 1985 are located in our Archive Room; April 1985 to 2000 are in Council Archives; and 2000 to the present are stored at the Fremantle History Centre.

East Fremantle Council minutes and agendas
1897 to 1927 are on microfilm; 1928 to 1976 are in our Archive Room; and 2000 to the present are stored at the Fremantle History Centre.

Maps and plans
Our map collection ranges from 1829 to the present. Maps show the development of properties and streets throughout Fremantle’s history. We also hold some building and architectural plans.

We welcome the donation of material to the collection. If you have something that relates to Fremantle’s history or people please bring it in and we will assess its suitability.


Fremantle information prepared by the Fremantle History Centre


Other links of interest

  • Trove – A world of information online including historical newspapers up to 1956, images, oral histories, film and more.
  • State Records Office – Search their online database to look at historical maps, convicts records, school records or virtually any document created by the state government.
  • Royal Western Australia Historical Society - the Society advocates for history and heritage throughout the State, and runs a museum, reference library and photographic collection.
  • People's Ocean Knowledge Trail - information on Nyoongar country and stories.

Contact us

Fremantle History Centre
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street
T 08 9432 9739
F 08 9432 9895