Aboriginal history

Working with Aboriginal communities to connect people to Aboriginal history, promote reconciliation and celebrate of the richness of Aboriginal history in Western Australia.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the this website may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
The department works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promote reconciliation in the wider WA community. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal culture and history in WA.

Aboriginal history

Richard Wallery-Stack with a didgeridoo

Aboriginal History Research Services

Helping Aboriginal families with ancestral information through professional researchers, advice for native title and general research.

A history image of Aboriginal women peeling potatoes

Family history

Need help with your Aboriginal family history research? We may hold information in our collections about you or your direct ancestors.

Two Aboriginal men and an Aboriginal women in front of a tent

General research

Authors, academics, students, government agencies and people doing community history research or anyone with an interest in Aboriginal history in WA.


Native title

Native Title researchers can request access to records to gather evidence relevant to a native title claim.

PALS funding

Street banners on St Georges Terrace, Perth


Funding for schools to celebrate Aboriginal culture in the classroom.

Publications and projects

The Served With Honour cover

They Served With Honour

Discover the untold stories of Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen at Gallipoli.

No Less Worthy cover

No Less Worthy

This book outlines the significant contributions of WA Aboriginal volunteers in World War I.


​Wirrwul by Katie Ward/Warakurna Artists

History no mystery thanks to local governments

May 9 2019
The Shire of Broome, City of Cockburn and City of Kalamunda​ were among 17 local governments that helped showcase Aboriginal culture and history to their communities through Reconciliation Week celebrations.
Street banners on St Georges Terrace, Perth

Sponsor a street banner

May 9 2019
Local governments are invited to participate in the 2019 Reconciliation Week – Street Banner Project by sponsoring a reconciliation banner.


Sorry Day logo showing a sihouette of a kangaroo against a sun in Aboroginal colours

National Sorry Day

NAIDOC Week promotion with the words Voice, Treaty, Truth


Page reviewed 23 July 2019