The Place for Local and Family History
on the Western Australian Goldfields


FREE:- Essential Websites for West Australian Research

WA Births Death and Marriages online search
Birth indexes - 1841 to 1932
Death indexes - 1841 to 1971
Marriage indexes - 1841 to 1936

One of the best sites “EVER’, search newspapers, photographs books and much more.

City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Archives
Archives open Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm,-Your-City/City-and-community/History-and-heritage/City-archives.aspx

Outback Family History:-
If your ancestors went to the central goldfields region of Western Australia, you can’t go past the Outback Family History website. It’s choc full of info on the people, places and history of the towns in the region. You’ll find info such as the: Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial, Mining maps, Details on hotels (over 200 of them), Cemeteries, Marriages, Early Deaths 1891-1898, Lodge Records, Schools, and much, much more:-

Western Australian Virtual Miners Memorial:-
Following on from the launch of the Eastern Goldfields Miners Memorial, it was decided that, although minimal informationwas able to be inscribed on the Memorial the online version would contain full details. When the WAVMM came into being it was decided to encompass not only the whole state of Western Australia but also to include all types of mining.

WA Reverse Marriages:  1906 to 1965
Find marriage partners or search family name.

Australia Cemeteries Geolocations
Find the GPS coordinates of any cemetery in Australia.

Hesperian Press - Books
Their commitment to publishing historical books on Western Australia is unparalleled.

WA Metropolitan Cemeteries:-
Search all metropolitan cemeteries There is no ‘one place’ to search for all Western Australian cemeteries, but a good place to start is the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Their cemetery records contain details of “interments, entombments, cremations and memorials” dating back to 1899, and covers Karrakatta, Fremantle, Pinnaroo, Midland, Guildford and Rockingham cemeteries. Also the MCB took over administration of Guildford and Midland cemeteries from the Shire of Swan in 1989, and these records have been included in the system.

WA Post Office Directories:-
Search for the address or occupation, locate exactly where they lived year by year

WAGS Lonely Graves of Western Australia
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “lonely grave” the definition for it is “a lonely grave is a single or small group of graves outside recognised or currently used cemeteries.” The names, burial sites and photographs of over 2700 Western Australian lonely graves are on this site to date.

Anyone who is researching history in Western Australia should be using the Police Gazettes. They have a phenomenal amount of information for those on both sides of the law. You’ll find info such as: apprehensions; police appointments, dismissals, discharges, promotions, resignations and transfers; tickets of leave, certificates of freedom, and conditional pardons issued to convicts; deserters from military service; escaped prisoners; inquests; 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); missing friends; prisoners discharged; special inquiries; stealing in dwellings; and warrants issued and a whole lot more

Cyndi's List 
Find a family history web site on any subject    

Eastern Goldfields Historical Society

Search Australia War Records:-


Is anyone researching the same family you are? They may well be. So why not check the Western Australian Surnames List. The WA Genealogical Society has a listing of over 470,000 names that people researching, together with contact details. This research interest list is available to members and non-members, both to view and submit, and is open to all those whose ancestors came to Western Australia.


The Passenger Arrivals index is an online database that includes the names from passenger lists in the National Archives series K269, Inward passenger manifests for ships and aircraft arriving at Fremantle, Perth Airport and outports, chronological series, 1898-1978 and series A1197, Incoming passenger cards. The index now includes the names of over 5.5 million passengers arriving:

– by ship between 1898 and 1966 (arriving in or travelling through the port of Fremantle or other WA ports)
– by aircraft from 1944 to 1966 to Perth Airport (or travelling through)
– by ship or aircraft from 1965 to 1967


Western Australian Biographical Index is really the pre-curser to the Dictionary of Western Australia and Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians series. This is the information noted on card file, and all 85,000 of them have now been scanned, transcribed and made available through both the WA Genealogical Society and the State Library of WA websites.

Class of '64 where there was discussion with regard to giving back to the greater community.  There is a responsibility on everyone to preserve the unique history of the Outback and recognise those who went before.
Trevor Tough has spent the greater part of his life in the Kimberley and has experienced life on many stations.  He has developed a great love of the area and the history that is hidden in the unmarked graves throughout the area.
With the support of some class mates and the wider community, it is hoped to uncover many graves and the stories behind them. The information discovered and the graves marked will be added to a data base that will be available on a link from this site.  As time goes by, anyone with information on potential grave sites is more than welcome to submit information directly to Trevor to assist in this quest.

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