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

Wildflowers in the State's Archives

It's Spring and Western Australia's wildflowers are in full bloom.  The State Archives collection contains a lot of information about WA's wild flowers, botany and "native flora" and a search on these terms using our online catalogue reveals over 100 items in the collection; everything from the setting up of reserves for wild flowers to the conservation and management of WA's native flora, as well as the promotion of wild flowers as a drawcard for tourists.

Gerard Foley Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 15:39

Changes to phone and fax numbers

We are installing a new telephone system which will mean we have new phone and fax numbers. Telephone numbers have been updated on our website and are functioning already,  and the fax number will change Monday 27 August to (08) 9427 3638.

Please note that faxes sent to our old number from this date will not be received.

Our new switchboard number is (08) 9427 3600

Public Consultation - Disability Access and Inclusion Plans

New Disability Access and Inclusion Plans are being developed for the Department of Culture and the Arts, Art Gallery of WA, Perth Theatre Trust, State Library of WA, WA Museum, ScreenWest and State Records Office of WA.

The new plans will  guide us in how we welcome people with disabilities, their carers, friends and families to our venues, services and employment.

If you are a person with a disability or their friend, family member, carer or a service provider we want to hear from you by:

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.

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