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Local History Collection

The collection of materials held within Heritage Services is referred to as the Local History 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 History Collection also boasts an extensive Randolph Stow Collection.

Many of the items in the Local History Collection have restricted access. However, the Heritage Services staff are more than happy to assist customer enquiries. Please allow up to 3 days for retrieval of items.

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

Please feel welcome to use our Heritage Services Enquiry Form.  

To order a copy of one of our photographs please use our Digital Item - Application for Use Form.

Open Mic

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Slide Show Feature Presentation - "Memories of Geraldton, 1950s-1960s, part 1"

Slide Show Feature Presentation - "Memories of Geraldton, 1950s-1960s, part 2"

Open Mic Main Presentation, 2 May 2017

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.

Yamaji Yanda Images Photo Collection

WWI 1914-18

Information collated regarding local WWI experiences.

Rates Books

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.

Snapshots in time - Foreshore Snapshots in time - Businesses
Snapshots in time - schools Snapshots in time - People
Snapshots in time - Industries Snapshots in time - Residential

Our Partners

WA Library Museum of Geraldton