Local History Archives

Local History Archives

The Local History Archives house a wide collection of research material including a well-stocked local history specialist library. Heritage Service’s friendly staff can assist you to find answers to your questions offering a range of advice from local history to researching forgotten relatives.
Opening Hours
 Visit us at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall, Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, or for phone us on 9021 9806.
Below is an incomplete list of materials held in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Archives available for download from the quicklinks panel to the right of the page.
Please contact us if you are looking for a resource that is not listed below:
  • Research Resources
  • Weight of the Chain
  • Street Names of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 2016
Specialist Library
We have over 200 books in our specialist library, dealing with Goldfields Local History and wars in which Australia has played a role.
Our books can be located within the Library catalogue , where you can search for a book. Please select the Kalgoorlie Town Hall from the drop down menu to narrow your search to our collection.
Please also refer to the following sites for more historical and archival resources:

State Library of Western Australia

The State Library of Western Australia collects material for heritage, reference and public library collections. Specialist collections include: indigenous history, family history,  children's literature and music.

Picture Australia

Picture Australia is an Internet based service that allows you to search several online pictorial collections at the same time.

Curtin University Library

The Curtin University Library has many historical records and publications that are available to the public.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery Board and Boulder Pioneer Cemetery
The Kalgoorlie Boulder Cemetery is located at 23 Parsons St, Lamington Kalgoorlie. The Cemetery is open daily to visitors from 9.30am – 11.00am and 12.00pm – 3.00pm.

The Boulder Pioneer Cemetery is located on LOT 322 Goldfields Highway and is open daily to visitors

To locate a grave, you can contact:
Cultural Associations

Museums Australia

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is committed to its heritage and is a long standing member of Museums Australia.  Museums Australia is the national association and peak advocacy body representing museums and galleries.
Museums Australia seeks to enhance the value of Australia’s collections, public programs and stories by sharing knowledge, developing skills, inspiring innovation and providing leadership and the authoritative voice in protecting and promoting our arts and cultural heritage. 

The International Council of Museums – ICOM (Australia)

Australia is a member of ICOM and therefore subscribes to their mission and purpose. The International Council of Museums Australia (ICOM Australia) is a part of the global network of museum and heritage professionals committed to the world’s natural and cultural heritage. As a branch of the International Council of Museums based in Paris, it represents the international interests of its member museums and museum professionals across Australia and nearby regions.

International Council on Monuments and Sites - ICOMAS (Australia)

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an association of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

ICOMOS works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is the only global non-government organisation of this kind, which is dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques to the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM)

The Institute is the professional body for conservators in Australia.  Promoting the science and art of the conservation of cultural material as well as looking to improve the scientific and technical knowledge of the profession.  Professional conservators can be contacted through the quick link on this page, should you require information on looking after your heritage objects.

Collections Law

Collections Law provides legal advice for Australian archives, galleries, libraries and museums.