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Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

If you wish to provide feedback on the Collections WA portal, please email

Copyright Statement

Collections WA Copyright Statement

For Users 

As a User of Collections WA, you are free to use any uploaded content on the website provided you comply with the Copyright Act 1968 and any applicable Creative Commons licences. In addition, it is your responsibility as a User of Collections WA to respect and abide by the moral rights of the creators of the work.

For Collecting Organisations

Content uploaded to Collections WA by Collecting Organisations must have the relevant copyright or Creative Commons license applied to it. The responsibility of finding who owns copyright and if there are any applicable Creative Commons licenses, lies with the Collecting Organisation. Please refer to the Collections WA Terms of Use for more information.

Fair Dealing Exceptions

Collections WA has been given permission to host third-party and curated content on the website, by copyright holders (the Collecting Organisations). However, this permission does not necessarily extend usage rights to Collections WA Users, beyond fair dealing (see below). If you wish to use third-party or curated content, including images and text, in ways other than those allowed under the Copyright Act’s fair dealing exceptions, you must seek permission from the copyright holder.

The Copyright Act allows you to use copyright material without permission if your use is a “fair dealing” for one of the following purposes: research or study; criticism or review; parody or satire; reporting news; enabling a person with a disability to access the material; or due to professional advice by a lawyer, patent attorney or trademarks attorney. For more information please refer to the Australian Copyright Council fact sheet Fair Dealing: What Can I Use Without Permission?

Creative Commons

Copyright restricted content from Collecting Organisations is available to Users of Collections WA via two Creative Common licences.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA) license
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) license.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA)

Under this license, content made public can be shared (copied, distributed and transmitted) and remixed (adapted) provided Users attribute the content source and copyright holder, and identify any alterations. Users must not use the content for commercial purposes. Reworked (altered, transformed, built upon) content must be distributed under the same or similar license. For more information about this license please refer to Creative Commons.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Under this license, material made public can be shared share (copied, distributed and transmitted) provided Users attribute the content source and copyright holder. The content cannot be used for commercial purposes and cannot be reworked (altered, transformed, built upon). For more information about this license please refer to Creative Commons.

Public Domain

The above Creative Common licenses do not apply to content which is in the public domain. In Australia, the term public domain refers to material in which copyright has expired and is free for anyone to use, for any purpose. For more information, please refer to the Australian Copyright Council.

Please note, although Contributors make every effort to identify public domain works, not all content uploaded to Collections WA has been identified as being in the public domain and may carry a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Please consult the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Duration of Copyright table to determine if the material you wish to use is no longer restricted by copyright.

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP)

In accordance with Article 31 of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies, Collections WA acknowledges and respects the rights of Indigenous peoples to the self-determination of ICIP.

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This copyright statement does not constitute legal advice, and is provided for information only. For more information about copyright please refer to the Australian Copyright Council website or seek legal advice from a copyright lawyer.