Local History Collection

Our Local History Collection includes a large number of items. Many of these are available for viewing, watching or listening to online.

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Researching people and buildings

Want to do some of your own research?

View our Guide to Researching People and Buildings for help when searching for people or places.

The Local History Collection contains:

Books and reports

Published and non-published material and covering a wide range of subjects such as school, church and sporting histories, biographies, town planning, traffic, heritage and environmental studies and railway history.


Of people, places and events are arranged in numerical order.


Copies of current newspapers published in the City of Swan are kept and indexed for items of local interest. The "Swan Express" newspaper, published from 1900 to 1978, is available on microfiche.


Pamphlets, programs, leaflets and cuttings are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Oral history

There are recorded memoirs of long-term City of Swan residents, as well as recordings of the Westrail Workshops History Project and the Guildford Primary School history.


Maps, real estate agent's plans and street directories are available.

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