Western Australian Folklore Archive
The only state folklore archive in Australia, this collection records and gives access to Western Australia’s rich folk traditions.
The archival collection includes documents, photographs and oral history interviews related to the cultural traditions and heritage of Western Australians.
Most of the material relates to post-European settlement migration, however the collection includes Nunda community member interviews, reflecting on the oral history traditions of their Dutch shipwreck ancestry.
Find out more on the Western Australian Folklore Archive website.
The discovery of gold in the Eastern Goldfields occurred shortly after Western Australia formed a government in 1890.
We hold a significant collection of mining and geology subject material originally from the Kalgoorlie School of Mines, established in 1902.Search Goldfields history CHECK LINK
Alexander McCallum Collection
Alex McCallum (1877-1937) was a Western Australian Labor politician, Member for Fremantle, General Secretary of the Australian Labour Federation, and Director of the Westralian Worker. He was elected to the WA Parliament in 1921, where he held several ministerial portfolios, and served as Deputy Premier until 1935.
The collection reflects McCallum’s political career, duties as a Western Australian government minister and family interests. This large collection of papers includes newspaper cuttings, souvenirs of the centenary of the cities of Fremantle and Perth, invitations from the Royal Visits of 1927 and 1934, a postcard collection and many photographs taken on travels in Western Australian, interstate and overseas, from 1913 to 1934.
Find out more on the Alexander McCallum Collection website.
We hold records of the Australian Workers Union, including membership lists, a shareholder’s register and rolls.Search union records
Oral history collection
We hold a large number of oral history interview recordings and transcripts, such as the life and times of John Curtin, oral histories in the Folklore Archive, interviews with Jon Sanders about his triple solo circumnavigation and interviews with former Vice-Chancellors of WAIT and Curtin.