Justice wins the Margaret Medcalf Award 2012

Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal service in Western Australia by Fiona Skyring has been awarded the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award.

Hon. John Day MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts, presented the Award at a special ceremony on 13 June 2012. In presenting the Award to Dr Skyring, the Minister said Justice explores the history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia from its beginnings in the early 1970s.

Guides to State Cabinet Records

Each year the State Records Office of WA marks the release of the State Cabinet records from their 30 year access restriction period by producing a Guide to these records. Each Guide covers the previous calendar year's records and is released on or near Western Australia Day, which occurs on the first Monday in June.

Shaun Micallef and the Pensioner Guards

The ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ episode about Shaun Micallef, broadcast on SBS on 27 March 2012, featured several State archives in the SRO’s collection, including particular items about the Enrolled Pensioner Force, more commonly known as Pensioner Guards. Micallef's ancestor, Patrick Sullivan, was a Pensioner Guard in WA and the episode revealed little known information about these settlers to Australia in the 19th century.

Gerard Foley Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 15:01

Developing a Disposal Authority

The State Records Office (SRO) can assist government organizations with the evaluation of records and the process of developing a Disposal Authority.  Disposal Authorities can apply to:

  • the disposal of current records;
  • records in a superseded filing system;
  • records of an agency ceasing its operations; and
  • a large accumulation of old records.

Agencies should not proceed with revising their existing Retention and Disposal Schedule, or developing a new Schedule, without prior consultation with the SRO

Margaret Medcalf Award

Margaret Medcalf Award


This annual Award for excellence in referencing and research, honours Miss Margaret Medcalf OAM, the second State Archivist for Western Australia (from 1971 to 1989), for her valuable contribution to the development of archives in Western Australia. Works nominated for the Award must demonstrate use of archival sources, and substantial (but not necessarily exclusive) use of State Archives held by the State Records Office.

Who do we think we are?

Hollywood came to the SRO in September with the crew from SBS hit series Who Do You Think You Are spotted in the Search Room and behind-the-scenes in the archives stacks filming two episodes for its upcoming series, to be released in the first half of 2012

Digital Services Monday, October 3, 2011 - 12:53


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