Lasting impressions: love, family and the White Australia Policy

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

7 February 2022 to 31 October 2022

Monday to Friday
9.30 am to 4.30 pm


National Archives WA Office
Ground Floor, William Square
45 Francis Street
Northbridge WA 6003



Thousands of non-British residents lived through the White Australia Policy in the early 20th century. People from China, Japan, India, the Philippines and many other countries made their homes in Western Australia, despite policies and practices that targeted them as undesirable migrants.

Discover their stories in this exhibition. See the faces of individuals and families who lived, loved and made homes in Australia – and left a lasting impression on their communities and in the archives.

A National Trust exhibition, Beneath the bitumen: discoveries from the Chinese Cemetery, East Perthis also showing. Developed as part of the Western Australian Heritage Festival, supported by Lotterywest, Beneath the bitumen showcases some of the findings made during excavations in the former Chinese Cemetery. 

Image: A portrait of Kojiro Mise from an application for a certificate of exemption from the dictation test. NAA: PP4/2, 1930/2843