Professor Marcia Langton delivers the 2013 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

Professor Marcia Langton delivered a challenging and rich lecture on Friday night in front of an audience of 200 people at the Government House Ballroom. She argued that our understanding of country, informed by researchers, has been shaped by aesthetic criteria and environmental orthodoxy.  Professor Langton cited Geoffrey Bolton’s work as key to her research and brought the past into the present relating historical injustices and ideologies to current ones with respect to the Wild Rivers Act and its suppression of traditional Aboriginal use.  Her full speech will be available here, on the SR

Online Guide to 1982 State Cabinet Records released for WA Day

Industrial disruption, opposition to a purpose-built casino, restrictions on tobacco advertising, police corruption and a 12-month wage freeze were some of the issues addressed by State Cabinet in 1982 and early 1983.

To mark Western Australia Day, an online guide to the State Cabinet papers covering Cabinet deliberations from 11 January 1982 to 14 February 1983 has been released. It includes decisions made by Ray O'Connor's Cabinet until the State election of 19 February 1983.

"Westralia Shall Be Free" - the Western Australian Secession Referendum in 1933

On 8 April 1933, a referendum was held on the issue of Western Australia seceding from the Commonwealth of Australia. Two questions were posed; the first asking whether the voter was in favour “the State of Western Australia withdrawing from the Federal Commonwealth”, and the second asking voters if they were in favour of a Federal Convention of all the Australian States to propose alterations to the Australian constitution to allow for WA’s secession from the Commonwealth.

Gerard Foley Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 17:43

State Records Commission Award 2013 - Congratulations to the Economic Regulation Authority

Since 2006, the State Records Commission has sponsored a special W S Lonnie Award in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA Division). This specialist award, the State Records Commission Award, recognises excellence in reporting against the compliance requirements of SRC Standard 2, Principle 6 in Annual Reports.

Nominations have closed for the 2013 Margaret Medcalf Award

Nominations have now closed for the 2013 Margaret Medcalf Award - an Award for excellence in research and referencing utilizing original sources in the State archives collection.

This annual Award honours Miss Margaret Medcalf OAM, the second State Archivist for Western Australia (1971-1989), 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.

Archives about Cyclones in the Kimberley and North West

Tropical cyclones have occurred in the Kimberley and North West regions of WA for many, many thousands of years. The official records about cyclones in these areas appear with the arrival of European settlement in the mid to late 19th century. In the State Archives the earliest information about cyclones in the Kimberley can be found in the records of the Kimberley Resident Magistrate, and sometimes quite detailed accounts are to be found in Police records from the 1880s onward.

Gerard Foley Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 12:50

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