Western Australia Family History

  • Western Australia BDM
    The Western Australia birth, marriage and death registry offers free online historic index searching of births, deaths and marriages from 1841.
  • Western Australian Post Office Directories
    Western Australian Post Office Directories are a great source for family historians. It’s possible to see an individual’s name, profession or trade, address or locality. Directories are available for the years 1893-1949. Although it’s not possible to search the directories, it’s easy to find information about individuals by browsing the contents pages.
  • Freemantle Prison Convict Database
    By the time transportation ceased in 1868, just over 9,700 convicts had been transported to Western Australia. The Freemantle Prison Convict Database allows you to search for these convicts by the name of the ship they arrived on or by their surname. There is a lot of information relating to each convict, including their crime, where they were sentenced, length of sentence, occupation, marital status and more.
  • Police Gazette of Western Australia
    The Police Gazette of Western Australia 1876-1900 gives you access to lots of information on police and criminals.Information can be found under various headings: apprehensions (name of person arrested, arresting constable, charge and sentence); police appointments, dismissals, discharges, promotions, resignations and transfers; tickets of leave, certificates of freedom, and conditional pardons issued to convicts; physical descriptions of prisoners (name, condition, build, age, height, hair and eye colour, visage, complexion, trade, nationality and distinguishing marks); deserters from military service; escaped prisoners; expirees leaving the colony; inquests (where held, date, before whom, name and date of death of person, verdict); licences (publican, gallon, eating, boarding and lodging houses, railway refreshment rooms, wine and beer, colonial wine, spirit merchants, club, wayside house, packet and billiard table – name of licensee, name of hotel etc and town or district given); missing friends; prisoners discharged; people tried at Quarter Sessions (name, offence, district, verdict, how disposed of); special inquiries; stealing in dwellings; and warrants issued.
  • Western Australian Genealogical Society
    The Western Australian Genealogical Society provides a wealth of information and help for anyone tracing their family history in Australia and beyond.