The City of Stirling maintains corporate and historical documents related to social, educational, vocational and cultural history. We also collect historical information from current and past resident. Find out how you can access our archives or submit your own historical story.
The Perth Road Board was created in 1871 and made responsible for over 250 square miles of land. It later became the Shire of Perth in 1961 and the City of Stirling in 1971.
The City of Stirling’s corporate memory is held in the Archives Collection. Delving into the archives may reveal historical details that celebrate the past and enrich the present. The City is committed to retaining this socially important information for future generations.
The Archives records include a range of historical documents of value to historians and those interested in social studies and related subjects. The information is wide-ranging, from records of Council decisions to copies of speeches made at the openings of buildings, festivals and other events.
Social, educational, vocational and cultural history
The City of Stirling Local Studies Collection has is a set of books, photographs, and oral history recordings that cover the social, educational, vocational and cultural history of the area. Some information is also held in the 6 libraries, along with videos, slides and other documents.
If you are unable to find any of these items on the shelves, they can be requested, or you could make an appointment with the Local Studies Librarian.
Tell us your historical story
Much of the fascinating details about how people lived in previous decades has never been written down and could be lost forever. However, the oral history process can capture wonderful and important moments of life, and provide a window into the past.
Do you have an interesting historical story to tell? Please share it with us. We are striving to collect and preserve as complete a record of the City of Stirling area as possible. This will enable researchers of all ages to understand all aspects of our story.
We are also collecting written information about the former and current residents of the City of Stirling:
View and purchase historical photographs
Our historical photograph collection holds visual records of the City of Stirling’s history from as early as the 1830s.
You can search for images online using the library catalogue . Many photographs are searchable by suburbs and other key words.
If you find something you like, you can purchase a copy for a fee of $35.00.
Submit a historical photograph
We are always looking to expand our collection of historical photographs. Please consider sharing your family photographs of streets, buildings or people in the City of Stirling. These could include:
• Beach shacks
• Prominent buildings
• Family homes
Storing a copy with the curator will assist with future documenting of our community history.
2011 Stirling Calendar (featuring historical photographs)
The 2011 Stirling Calendar celebrates the rich and diverse history of the City of Stirling and showcases some of our historical photograph collection.
North Beach Jetty
Perth Road Board
and many more.
Contact the curator
For more information, the museum curator can be reached through the Customer Contact Centre via email or by calling (08) 9205 8555.