Local History Research Station (NEW!)

Calling all Local History and Family History Researchers….

The South Perth Library now has a dedicated computer in our little local history nook that is especially geared towards assisting you in your research.


The new machine has custom links that provide quick access to material from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection, as well as additional online resources from the State Library of Western Australia, the W.A. Genealogical Society, the National Library’s Trove, and many many others.

And of course we haven’t forgotten about Ancestry and Find My Past! (though of course, these resources are also accessible from any machine at the South Perth and Manning Libraries).


So visit the South Perth Library today to reserve or hop on to the Local History Research machine, and hopefully discover much much more about your ancestors and local area!


August is National Family History Month!

Visit the South Perth or Manning Libraries and get started on your family history research this month!

With your library card, we offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past UK, Irish and Australian Editions so you can search through billions of family history records online.

Book into one of the following 2 free sessions in August for some extra help:

Introduction to Find My Past
Wednesday 7 August, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
South Perth Library
Click here to book.

Introduction to Find My Past
Thursday 29 August, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Manning Library
Click here to book.

The sessions will be presented by Mike Murray from Time Trackers. Mike is a member of the WA Genealogical Society and has plenty of experience helping people trace their ancestors and put together their family story.

Also check out the State Library of WA’s program of activities here and other family history events listed around WA here.

If you’re researching from home and wondering where to start, you can find many useful links here too.

Happy researching!