Aims and Objectives

To assist with the acquisition, preservation and use of archival and documentary material

Perth Metro Plan Project

Digitise, geo-reference and place on-line Perth's Metropolitan Plans, mainly from the 1920's.

J S Battye Library of West Australian History

3rd Floor State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth.

State Records of Western Australia

Ground Floor, Alexander Library Building, James Street West Entrance, Perth.

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The Friends of Battye Library aims are to assist with the acquisition, preservation and use of archival and documentary material by:

  • promoting the Battye Library and the State Records office in the wider community

  • sharing research based on the collections through lectures and talks

  • helping with identifying, acquiring and preserving historical records

  • sponsoring voluntary assistance with indexing of materials in the collections

  • raising funds for selected projects

  • supporting the publication of guides to make collections more accessible

Collecting of Western Australian historical archival records started in 1894. In 1956, the Battye Library became a separate entity and was named after the first librarian, James Sykes Battye. Both government and private material was collected dating from 17th century journey of exploration.

In 1988, the records of government were transferred to the State Archives, renamed the Public Records Office in 1995. It was separated from the State Library in 1999 and became the State Records Office (SRO). Under the State Records Act, SRO is responsible for Managing, preserving and providing access to the archives of state and local governments.

The Battye Library collects and makes available all forms of original documents and publications.
Included are:

  • private archives (family and business)

  • letters and diaries

  • books

  • newspapers and periodicals

  • maps

  • photographs

  • ephemera

  • oral histories

  • electronic publications

  • films, videotapes and DVD's


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