Local History Collection

Kalamunda Library

Image: Kalamunda Library c1986, prior to extension.

The Kalamunda Local History Collection was established in 1984 with the help of the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society. A collection of historic records were established useful for research purposes and general interest.

The Collection

The local history collections provides information about Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Maida Vale and neighbouring suburbs and localities within the City of Kalamunda.

Picture Kalamunda
An online collection of historic images.

Images of WA History
A collaborative project with the aim of highlighting the local history collections.

WA Folklore
Several ‘Foothills Connection’ Oral Histories are available.

Oral Histories are available thanks to the efforts of the Bill Shaw Oral History Group.


The collection are valuable repositories containing information on the development, society and culture of the City, including the people, places and events that have shaped the history of the region. Types of material include books, pamphlets, diaries, letters, local government archives, maps, photographs, oral histories, local newspaper clippings of articles of a biographical nature and of relevance to the City of Kalamunda and ephemera. 

Contact Us

Enquiries at front desk during opening hours.
Email:  libraries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
If extensive help is required to research the collection, please make an appointment with the Local  History Librarian – Margaret Howe.

Telephone:   (08) 9257 9852


Follow us on the Kalamunda Libraries Facebook page where 'Wednesday Wonders' images are selected from our Local History Collection and shared along with known details about the image. This weekly post highlights our wonderful collection and stories of our area. These selected images are also available via our Google+ Collection.

Useful sites for researching local and family history

Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society
The society manages the Kalamunda  History Village, the largest local museum in WA. The village is on the site of the old Upper Darling Range Railway Station built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from Canning Mills to Midland Junction.  It is also responsible for Stirk Cottage, the first residence in the area now known as Stirk Park.

Pickering Brook Heritage Group
The group captures, preserves and records the history of the Pickering Brook district.

Search the library edition of this genealogical site for free at all public internet access computers throughout the City of Kalamunda Libraries.

State Library of WA
The Battye Library holds a large collection of material relating to Western Australia.

Is a fantastic search engine giving access to millions of items in Australian collections.  Simply by searching for ‘Kalamunda’ you will find many relevant images, newspaper articles and maps.

National Archives of Australia
In addition to holding more than 100 years of Australian Government records, the National Archives is a great place to research your family history.  Search war service records if your family members served in the Australian Armed Forces.  Immigration records of those who migrated to Australia in the 20th century are also available.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum
Carnamah is a town and farming community 300 kilometres north of Perth in the Mid West region of Western Australia. The Carnamah Historical Society was founded in 1983 to collect, record, preserve and promote local history.

Birtwistle Local Studies Collection
Located in the Armadale Public Library, this collection focuses on the history of the Armadale-Kelmscott area, which borders and at times overlaps the area of interest of our collection.

Heritage Council of WA
The WA Heritage Database lists the State Register of Heritage Places as well as those on local government heritage inventories, Commonwealth heritage lists and places classified by the National Trust.

Royal Historical Society of WA
The society collects and preserves the history of Western Australia and has an extensive reference library and photographic collection.

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. Find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

The Western Australian Post office Directories 1893 - 1949
The post office directories are an invaluable source of information for anyone who is doing family history or research on Western Australia during the period 1893-1949.

WA Genealogical Society
Visit this site to find out about the society’s products and services and view links to all Local Studies Centres in the metropolitan area.

Community Newspapers Group
Full text of the Kalamunda Reporter and Hills Gazette from 2006 to present.

Landgate and various State Government Agencies have pooled their resources to create a fantastic free gallery of Western Australian maps.  To access archival images select ‘Historic Maps’ followed by ‘Zoom to area’.

For Aerial imagery dating back to 1948 over Perth and 1953 over the metro area, visit Landgate’s ‘Mapviewer’

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