Stirling History Collection Online DatabaseStirling History Collection Online Database 

Search our Stirling History Collection online database for information on people, places, objects and photographs.

City of Stirling History Collection

Perth Road Board Reception Program 

Corporate history

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The Archives records include a range of historical documents of value to historians and those interested in social studies and related subjects.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.


Mooro Nyoongar Katitjin Bidi (Mooro People's Knowledge Trail) Mooro People's Knowledge Trail Brochure

City of Stirling falls into the area called Mooro Boodjar or Country.

The Mooro people traditionally lived in extended family groups, caring for country through cultural ceremonies such as song, dance and use of fire.

Mooro Nyoongar Katitjin Bidi (Mooro People's Knowledge Trail) - Brochure


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.

 Osborne Park Show Prize ticket

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:

  • Where they came from
  • What they did for a living
  • How they developed their life in Western Australia. 

History and Heritage Awards

The City of Stirling History and Heritage Awards Program is a biennial event established to recognise the efforts made by individuals and groups in the conservation of the City's built environment and streetscape, and the promotion and enhancement of the City's history and heritage.  The Awards also aim to raise awareness of local history and heritage.

For more information visit the History and Heritage Awards page.

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 digital copy.

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
  • Schools
  • Prominent buildings
  • Family homes
  • Streetscapes.

Storing a copy with the curator will assist with future documenting of our community history.


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.