WA Office Open Day

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

17 April 2021

10:00 am to 2:00 pm


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



Join us for an exciting open day at our WA Office, focusing on the history of the General Post Office building and Forrest Place.

On a grey and windy day in September 1923, Perth’s citizens officially welcomed its new ‘postal palace’, the General Post Office building on the recently created Forrest Place. Nine years after construction began, newspapers lauded its presence as more than a mere government office. The GPO’s grand scale cemented Perth’s identity as a modern city that was leaving behind its rough convict past.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view a selection of stunning, rarely displayed original plans and drawings of these iconic buildings. You'll can also enjoy a complimentary scone and tea or coffee during your visit.

At 11 am, dive deeper into the GPO’s fascinating history with our ‘Perth’s Postal Palace’ seminar. Take in tales of war-interrupted construction, threats of air raids, Cold War spies, mysterious footprints and lost letters. Tickets for the seminar are free but booking is essential.

You can also check out our display Wild West: Animals in the Archives.