Local Studies Collection
The collection of materials held within Heritage Services is referred to as the Local Studies Collection. This collection includes books, photographs and some sketches, maps, newsletters, annual reports, oral history interviews, local newspapers, genealogical references, microfiche and microfilm indexes, plus other ephemera which focus on the Midwest area. The Local Studies Collection also boasts an extensive Randolph Stow Collection.
Many of the items in the Local Studies Collection have restricted access. However, the Heritage Services staff are more than happy to assist customer enquiries.
Available for use at any time during Library opening hours are microfilm and microfiche readers, a study area, free internet searching and online access to the popular Ancestry database.
Assistance from Heritage Services staff is available by appointment. To arrange a time please contact the Heritage Services Team on (08) 9956 6659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel welcome to use our Heritage Services Enquiry Form.
To order a copy of one of our photographs please use our Photograph Collection - Application for Use Form.
Local History Information Sheets
Heritage Information Sheets about Geraldton and also various famous local people provide a broad overview of the history of our town.
Aboriginal History of Geraldton
The Library is proud to act as custodian for many resources relating to the Aboriginal history of Geraldton and surrounding areas. In our Local Studies collection, there are oral histories, books, documents and photographs which are available for reference use in the Library.
Want to learn the local language? Check out the following link to the online Wajarri Dictionary developed by the Irra Wangga Language Centre at Bundiyarra. This is also available as an App.
Historical Rates Books for Geraldton/Greenough are available on microfilm, with some years also available in digital format. Please ask at the Library for more information.
Geraldton Rates Book for 1900
Aerial Photos of Geraldton
Aerial photos of Geraldton taken in October 1952 provide an interesting view of how the town has changed over the years.
Sunshine Festival Programmes
Scanned copies of old Sunshine Festival Programmes (1959-2000) make for interesting reading. Recent copies are kept in the Local Studies Collection.
I Remember When
Visit the I Remember When page to learn more about this fantastic community memories project.
Snapshots in Time
A selection of photographs from our Collection may be viewed through our Snapshots in Time project.