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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.

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The Army Museum has an extensive collection of formal photographic portraits of servicemen and women mainly from World War 1 dating from 1914 to 1919. Many were taken in local photographic studios prior to departure overseas. Some images were captured in studios at training camps (like Blackboy Hill), in theatre (London, Cairo, Paris) or near the front as those recently rediscovered in the Thuillier Collection.

Many portraits remain in their original frames, being treasured… Read more »

In 2021 Western Australia celebrated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of local government.

Toodyay is one of only 13 local government entities in the state that retains its original name, even though its boundaries are now significantly smaller than they were in 1871.

This collection displays items, documents & photographs associated with the activities of local government in Toodyay. Included are records of people and events.

(Photo caption: Toodyay… Read more »

Items, documents & photographs associated with Toodyay railway history.

In addition to studio portraits, the Australian Army Museum of WA collection contains many informal snapshots of individuals or small groups. These spontaneous images illustrate a wide variety of service life, conditions and locations. Unlike many of the large format formal studio portraits, these images have remained largely undiscovered in personal albums. They can often provide a less romantic and more realistic insight into the realities of service life. The condition of the images… Read more »

Ben Strange was Western Australia's most popular political cartoonist between 1900 and 1930. His cartoons, which appeared in the Western Mail, covered everything from local issues and politics through to international events including the First World War. This is a collection of both printed cartoons and original drawings by Ben Strange and provide an insight into what issues and stories were of interest and importance to the Western Australian community in the early 1900s. His most famous… Read more »

An Australian Bicentennial project funded by the WA State Government and the Shire of Cranbrook. Official opening of this photographic display at the Cranbrook Memorial Hall took place on Sunday 2nd October 1988.

Many of the photos depicted in this collection feature in the book "Frankland to the Stirlings" A History of the Cranbrook Shire by Maxine Laurie published in 1994.

Forward by Ev. Devine 11th July 1994
A sense of history is an essential part of any district and… Read more »

Pictorial history of the floods that inundated a large portion of the Shire of Cranbrook in January 1982.

This collection endeavours to trace the path of the floodwaters along the Gordon River and its tributaries and depict the extent of damage and subsequent repairs. A secondary illustration within the album is the contrasting of extreme adverse weather conditions that can prevail over an area within a short space of time.

January 1982 is notable in that five tropical cyclones… Read more »