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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


Appendix 1: Western Australian records held in other offices of the National Archives

Around 70 series of records relevant to, or concerned with, Western Australia and its people are held in other offices of the National Archives of Australia. Listed below are some examples of series containing such records. Other series can be identified by conducting a series-based search on RecordSearch using the keywords 'Western Australia' or 'WA' and excluding the location 'Western Australia'.

Canberra Office

WESTERN AUSTRALIA, LITERARY COPYRIGHT FILES, 1889–95
This series contains files on the registration and exhibition of all material lodged for copyright.
Series: A1722
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1889–95: Patent Office, WA (CA 1275)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1890–1969
Records in this series deal with general administration and personnel matters for the agencies listed above.
Series: A4
Quantity: 455 metres in Canberra, 2 metres in Darwin
Recorded by: 1903–16: Department of External Affairs, Melbourne (CA 7); 1916–28: Department of Home and Territories, Central Office (CA 15); 1928–32: Department of Home Affairs, (Central Office) (CA 24); 1932–38: Department of the Interior, Central Administration (CA 27)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA, FINE ARTS COPYRIGHT FILES, 1896–1906
This series contains files on the registration and exhibition of fine artworks lodged for copyright. It consists almost entirely of photographs, but includes important sets of postcards and some engravings. Several small sets of photographs of Aboriginal people taken by Mrs Daisy Bates are also included.
Series: A1721
Quantity: 3 metres
Recorded by: 1896–1906: Patent Office, WA (CA 1257)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – LITERARY COPYRIGHT FILES, 1897–1907
Series: A1723
Quantity: 2 metres
Recorded by: 1897–1906: Patent Office, WA (CA 1257)
GOVERNOR GENERAL'S COPIES OF COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES, 1901–15
This series contains three files in a bundle with an embossed cover reading 'Despatches from the Governor of Western Australia to the Secretary of State'.
Series: CP78/62
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1901–15: Governor–General (CA 1)
PERSONAL HISTORY OF G S COOK, WORKS DIRECTOR, WA, 1904–32
The single file in this series contains correspondence, leave and history cards relating to Mr G S Cook, Works Director, WA.
Series: CP846/3
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1904–32: Works and Services, WA (CA 971)
PERSONNEL DOSSIERS FOR FIRST AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES EX-SERVICE MEMBERS, LEXICOGRAPHICAL SERIES, 1914–20
This series contains dossiers for Australian Imperial Force enlistments. It also holds records of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, the Australian Flying Corps and the Australian Army Nursing Service. It includes depot records for personnel who served in Australia during World War I.
Series: B2455
Quantity: 3624 metres in Canberra, 1 metre in Darwin, 1 metre in Melbourne
Recorded by: 1914–20: Australian Imperial Force, Base Records Office (CA 2001)
DONALD MACKAY – AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE SURVEY EXPEDITIONS – NT, SA AND WA MAPS, 1930–37
This series consists of six separate sheets which when placed together form a map depicting aerial surveys of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
Series: A7947
Quantity: 1.2 metres
Recorded by: 1930–32: Lands and Survey Branch (CA 737); 1932–37: Property and Survey Branch (CA 738)
REPORTS, CORRESPONDENCE AND MAPS OF DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON THE SOUTH-WEST WATER SUPPLY SCHEME, WA, 1939–47
This series contains descriptions, maps and press reports on the resources, development and farm amenities of the south-west water supply scheme.
Series: CP185/2
Quantity: 1 metre
Recorded by: 1939–47: Department of the Treasury, Central Office (CA 11)
SUBSIDY FILES – GOLD MINING INDUSTRY ASSISTANCE ACT 1954–65, WA, 1954–
Files in this series contain application forms and associated correspondence.
Series: A2735
Quantity: 9.18 metres
Recorded by: 1954–76: Department of the Treasury, Central Office (CA 11)

Melbourne Office

LIST OF MEMBERS OF WA MOUNTED INFANTRY MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES, 1900–02
Series: MP744/42
Quantity: 0.02 metres
Recorded by: 1900–02: Colonial Secretary's Office, WA (CA 1256)
RECORDS OF SERVICE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PERSONNEL WHO SERVED ON PART-TIME DUTY IN WORLD WAR II, AND WHOSE ARMY NUMBERS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY DUPLICATED, 1901–47
Series: MT1470/1
Quantity: 10 metres
Recorded by: 1948–47: Central Army Records Office (CA 1999)
DRAWINGS SUBMITTED IN OPEN ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR PUBLIC OFFICE BUILDINGS, PERTH, WA, 1952
This series contains black-and-white plans, drawings and sketches on tracing paper compiled by R M Ure in his private capacity as an architect. They were entered in a competition for the design of a public office complex adjacent to Parliament House, Perth.
Series: M382
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1952: Richard Minchin Ure (CP 132)

Adelaide Office

LEVEL BOOKS – KALGOORLIE TO PORT AUGUSTA RAILWAY, WA SECTION, NUMERICAL SERIES, 1914–15
Series: D2055
Quantity: 0.02 metres
Recorded by: 1914–15: Engineer-in-Chief and, from April 1951, Acting Commissioner, Commonwealth Railways (CA 2106)

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