Friday, 29 March 2019

New National Archives office in Western Australia

Media release

Western Australians will have easier access to Commonwealth records with the opening of a new National Archives of Australia office in Perth's cultural precinct.

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, will later today officially open the new $1 million facility at William Square, Northbridge.

"The new National Archives of Australia Western Australia office puts access to our national archival collection at the heart of Perth's vibrant cultural precinct, where it truly belongs," Minister Porter said.

"The Northbridge location makes easy for Western Australians to visit and use the resources of the National Archives.

"The National Archives tells the story of Australia since Federation, giving a sense of who we are as a nation, of where we have been and where we are going.

"Vitally the records provide evidence of the decisions of government, of interactions between individuals and the Commonwealth, and of our relationships nationally and internationally.

"I encourage all Western Australians to visit the new National Archives office to learn more about the collection and maybe even find themselves and their families in the records."

The National Archives moved to Northbridge following the expiry of the lease on its Perth home of 42 years at East Victoria Park.

The new facility incorporates a research centre, seminar room, exhibition space and administration offices.

A new state-of-the-art storage facility in Belmont holds the more than 14 shelf kilometres (72,000 boxes) of records kept in Perth.

The dual-site operational model where records storage and access services are separate has been successfully employed by the National Archives in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart and now in Perth.

William Square is located on the corner of William and Francis streets in Northbridge.