Western Australia State Office – Perth

National Archives Perth Office
National Archives' office in East Victoria Park, Perth.

National Archives of Australia
384 Berwick Street 

Tel: (08) 9470 7500, Fax: (08) 9470 7555 

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The Archives' Western Australia Office is temporarily closed as we relocate our collection and staff to new premises. [Read more]

Opening hours

Reading room

9am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, closed public holidays.

Getting there

Car parking

Free visitor parking bays are available at the front of the building adjacent the entrance. Disabled parking is also at this location.


We are 100 metres from bus stops on Berwick Street or Hillview Terrace and about 800 metres from the Carlisle railway station. Maps and timetables for weekday bus and train routes (some wheelchair access) are available from Transperth, Tel: 13 62 13.


Taxi pick up and drop off is at our business entrance, at the front of the building.
Swan Taxis online bookings, telephone bookings: 131330. Wheelchair access 9422 2240.
Black and White online bookings, telephone bookings: 131008. Wheelchair access 131008.

School buses and coaches

Limited bus parking is near the business entrance, or at the rear of the building by prior arrangement. 

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is near the reading room.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

The collection in Perth

With whales’ teeth and weather records from the early years of the Swan River Colony, the collection in Perth is rich and diverse. It documents a variety of Commonwealth government activities, including migration, customs, postal and telegraph services, meteorology, veterans’ affairs, and Aboriginal affairs. The collection also encompasses scientific research, civil aviation, and the administration of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

While most of the records date from Federation and beyond, the collection includes some nineteenth century records inherited from the Western Australian colonial government when functions such as customs and postal services passed to the Commonwealth.

Highlights of the Perth collection include nineteenth century meteorological records, historic photographic collections of Customs and the Postmaster General’s Department, and lighthouse records. Plans, drawings and construction files for post and telegraph offices document the early development of a communication network in Western Australia. Samples of whale teeth and the bird research papers of Dr DL Serventy are among CSIRO records held in Perth.

A large collection of migrant records includes certificates of exemption from the Dictation Test, alien registrations, migrant selection documents and naturalisation files. As Fremantle was the first port of call for many migrants, the passenger lists held in Perth are a rich source for researchers seeking information about the arrival of family members in Australia.

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