Local history

The City of Stirling has a culturally diverse history. We're dedicated to preserving and presenting historical artefacts, documents and stories from different eras, for public viewing.

  • The Wadjak Nyoongar (Mooro) people traditionally occupied the area that is now the Perth metropolitan region (where the City of Stirling lies) for over 40,000 years.

    Wadjak is one of 14 language groups that are part of the Nyoongar nation, that cover the south west of Western Australia.

    They lived in extended family groups, caring for the area through cultural ceremonies such as song, dance and the use of fire. Access to certain areas such as the ocean was regulated according to the season, the status of a family group member, totem and the presence of sacred sites. 

    We would like to acknowledge the traditional land of the Wadjak people of the Nyoongar nation and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present. We are committed to improving the relationship between non-Indigenous Australians and our Aboriginal communities.

    Mooro People’s Knowledge Trail

    Did you know?

    A totem is an object or animal that is believed, by a particular society, to have spiritual significance.

  • The Perth Road Board was created in 1871 and was responsible for over 250 square miles of land. It became the Shire of Perth in 1961 and then the City of Stirling in 1971.

    The City of Stirling’s corporate history is celebrated and memorialised across multiple locations. Delving into the City’s collections reveals historical details that honour the past and enrich the present. The City is committed to retaining this important information for future generations.

    For more information, contact the Local History Officer on (08) 9205 8555.