Rare photographs of 74 of Australia's Last Convicts

Are these prison photographs the final images of Australia’s last convicts?

Western Australia was the last of the Australian colonies to receive transported convicts, the final cohort arriving in Fremantle on the Hougoumont on 9 January 1868. In recent times there has been considerable research about the lives and fate of many of the Convicts transported to WA.

Gerard Foley Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 18:09

Andrew Murray delivers the 2016 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

Commissioner Andrew Murray from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, delivered the 2016 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture at the Government House Ballroom Perth, on Thursday evening 24 November 2016. The topic for the lecture was Children in need: why records are central to identity and justice.

For more information about the lecture and to download Commissioner Murray's speech please see the Geoffrey  Bolton Lecture webpage.

Italian immigration into WA

The State Records Office of WA (SRO) was very pleased to recently host University of Notre Dame student Kathleen Del Casale for a research-based placement during the semester. Kathleen is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and as part of her studies was required to undertake an internship at a participating institution. Kathleen conducted her placement at SRO to carry out research on Italian immigration into WA using primary source material held in the State Archives Collection, as well as published sources held by other institutions.

Damien Hassan Monday, October 31, 2016 - 13:10

Perth Metro Plans Project

The State Records Office has been digitising and geo-referencing Perth's historical Sewerage Plans to provide a fresh perspective on the past hundred years of metropolitan development. Thanks to this new initiative, architects, town planners, home owners and general researchers will be able to approach the information in these plans - which document the growth of the city and often lost parts of Perth - from a completely different angle.

Damien Hassan Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 09:31

Changes to Services

From 3 October 2016, the SRO will be introducing a few changes as to how some services are being delivered to public and government clients. These changes will ensure that the SRO continues to deliver a good quality service while responding to the increased demand from clients for greater digital services. 

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