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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records

Published by the National Archives of Australia


Dan Midalia

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This guide is number 14 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

The Perth office of the National Archives of Australia holds a wealth of information that will interest both professional and family historians. Among the unique treasures are passenger manifests for migrants arriving in Fremantle since 1898, child migration selection documents for British and Maltese children arriving in Western Australia, and administrative records for Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. There are also fascinating records from the WA Post and Telecom Museum, including plans and photographs of post offices. This guide is an essential reference for anyone wanting to access Commonwealth Government archival records held in Perth.

Dan Midalia is a researcher, records sentencing consultant and part-time public servant. For 13 years, until 1997, he worked in the Perth office of the National Archives. During this time he developed a broad knowledge of the records held there and helped many researchers locate relevant material. From 1985 to 1989, he planned and coordinated the microfilming of passenger manifests showing arrivals into Western Australia since 1898. Dan co-authored a guide to records on Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which was published in 1993.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000

First published 2000
First published online 2000

ISSN 1442-8245
ISBN 0 642 34426 4

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under theCopyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

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