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Western Australia - Archival Collection

Department of Aboriginal Affairs [predecessors], Records (1886 - 2004)


The Department of Aboriginal Affairs [predecessors], Records is a collection of records relating to Aboriginal family history in Western Australia. The collection includes records held in the State Records Office; copies of the Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell genealogies, photographs, journals and data; copies of the Elkin genealogies for the Kimberley region; and the Jan Goodacre Collection of genealogy, photographs and historical records.


Access Conditions

Personal and family history applicants apply for their own records or those of their direct ancestors through Aboriginal History Research Services. Applicants can apply for any records relating to them held by the Department, or those relating to a specific purpose such as evidence of genealogy, dates and place of birth or a specific ancestor. Any relevant family history material uncovered during the research process is sent to applicants. For privacy reasons, applicants cannot receive records about living family members. If the applicant's ancestors are still alive they will be required to submit a consent form. If the consent of a family member is required it should be signed by the relevant individual(s) with a copy of their photo identification along with the application. The relevant forms are available on the Aboriginal History Research Services website.

Related Organisations



  • James, Jan and Rosser, Debra, Jan Goodacre Collection Catalogue, The, Department for Child Protection, 2008. The Jan Goodacre Collection is included in the records held by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Details

Online Resources

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Prepared by: Debra Rosser