Fremantle History Centre


The Fremantle History Centre, located in the Fremantle City Library, collects historical information on Fremantle and East Fremantle.

The History Centre is open by appointment. Please contact us via to make an appointment.

Online photograph collection

View photographs dating from early settlement to present day.

If you plan on using the photographs for any purpose, please contact the Fremantle History Centre.
View the application for use form

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

Contact us

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