Aboriginal History WA (AHWA)

AHWA provides dedicated research services to help Aboriginal Western Australians trace their family histories and undertakes truth-telling projects that help to build shared understanding of our history.

Use this portal to explore AHWA projects or search for a specific name or place.

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Aboriginal History Research Service (AHRS)

AHRS is a unit within AHWA that manages access to thousands of restricted Aboriginal records created by previous State Government ‘welfare’ departments between 1886 and 1972. We provide access to these records through our free, family history research service. General researchers and Native Title representative bodies can also apply to access records. 

Come and say hi

Our service desk is a welcoming space for Aboriginal people who would like to learn more about their mob’s history.

It’s open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday and located on level 3 at the State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Perth.

Drop in anytime for a yarn with our staff. You don’t need to book. 
2 people in front of the Aboriginal History WA desk in a library


Explore our many truth-telling projects.


Explore our many truth-telling publications which bring to light less known aspects of Western Australia’s shared history.


Contact us

Aboriginal History WA

Freecall 1800 161 301
Email ahrs@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Service desk open 10am to 2pm on level 3
State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Perth
PO Box 8349, Perth Business Centre WA 6849

Page reviewed 18 July 2024