Educational & Historical


Celebrate WA is pleased to provide a range of educational and historical resources about Western Australia on this page for you to use and enjoy.

As one of the oldest landforms in the world, Western Australia has a long and rich history that includes our unique environment, Indigenous culture, European exploration, colonial settlement and post-war migration and growth.

The items on this page represent only a snapshot of our history, so we encourage you to visit other great sources of information about the state. A list of links to other websites and institutions is provided at the bottom of this page.

The following documents were prepared by Ruth Marchant James for Celebrate WA. It is also important to note that, where relevant, the copyright for the articles below remains with the author.

50 Western Australian Historical Facts Trivia
50 More Western Australian Historical Facts Trivia
The Barque Parmelia and its Passengers
The Story of Yagan
Our Western Land 1829 – 1890
Our Western Land 1890 – 1939
A Passenger on the Parmelia by Lyn Coy
A Pioneer Story by Judith Parker
Charles Howe Fremantle – Captain of the HMS Challenger
Daniel and Hannah Wansbrough by Frank Dawson
Sir James Stirling – Western Australia’s First Governor
John Septimus Roe – Western Australia’s First Surveyor-General
John Watson Rutherford by Joan Malpass

Other links

Western Australian Museum
Western Australian Maritime Museum
Western Australiam Museum – Shipwreck Galleries
Western Australian Museum – Albany
Western Australian Museum – Geraldton
Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder
State Library of Western Australia
J.S. Battye Library of Western Australia
Berndt Museum

For students and teachers

The Department of Education together with Celebrate WA have collaborated on an exciting project which focuses on the development of a sense of Western Australian community; and what it means to be Western Australian, among public primary school students in years three to six.

This special project provides opportunities for primary schools and their communities to engage in a range of new and innovative programs and learning platforms through educational resources, literature workshops, an e-exchange and story books in Aboriginal English.

A selection of these learning units can be accessed via the links below, or the entire collection of curriculum resources, Aboriginal English story books and literature workshops is available to teachers via the Department’s Connect Resources site.

Year Three: Humanities and Social Science – A Roadtrip Around Australia

Outline Document
Task Brief

Year Four: English – Emblem Of Choice

Outline Document
Task Brief
Persuasive Text
Marking Key

Year Five: Media Arts – Heroes Are Closer Than You Think!

Outline Document
Task Brief
Graphic Organiser
Storyboard Example
Storyboard Template
Marking Key

Year Six: Science – Early Innovators

Outline Document
Variable Grid
Investigation Planner

Major Supporters

Celebrate WA wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we meet on for all WA Day festivities. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this State. Paying our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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