Welcome to Indexes and Special Projects

This database has been prepared to improve access to historical records and information relating to Aboriginal Western Australians. The database is designed to support ancestral research whilst contributing to an enhanced understanding of the history of the State.

The indexes and special projects listed below are available for searching. If you find an entry in one of these lists and wish to view more information, you can:

  • see if a record or additional information exists, by selecting the ‘request more information’ button when browsing the individual items;
  • Submit a Family History or General Research application form available from the Aboriginal History Research Services main page; or
  • contact us for further research assistance.

Norman Tindale Collection

An index to the names of Aboriginal Western Australians within the genealogies compiled by Norman Tindale and his associates in 52 locations across the State between 1935-1966.  A listing of many corresponding photographs and anthropological data cards is also included.


Wadjemup: The Land Beyond the Shore

A database of Aboriginal prisoners sent to Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) between 1900-1931.


Moore River Native Settlement Burial Register

An index to the individuals buried in the cemetery at Moore River Native Cemetery between 1918 and 1964. The information includes age, sex, cause of death, parents and names of spouses.


Pastoral and Agricultural Leases - Applications by Aboriginal people between 1887 and 1933

Historical land lease applications made by Aboriginal men and women for agricultural and pastoral pursuits between the period 1887 and 1933 (commencing with the introduction of Land Regulations 1887, through to the replacement of the Land Act 1933).