WA Day Toolkit for Schools

Historical Resources

Celebrate WA is pleased to provide a range of 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 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

History Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (HTAWA)

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

National Trust of Western Australia

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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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