Western Australian Newspapers

Nearly 900 Western Australian newspaper titles are held by the State Library. These range from the manuscript newspapers of the early 1830s up to currently published titles. Newspapers were lodged with the State Library under legal deposit provisions and also under the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act of Western Australia. At least two copies of every newspaper issue published in the State are collected.

Highlights of the Collection

The coverage of the WA newspaper collection can be seen from the following listings.

Access to the Collection

Details of Western Australian newspaper holdings can be found by searching the State Library Catalogue. Entries can be found by title, or by subject search using the name of a town or district of publication or distribution.

Many newspaper articles with significant Western Australian subject content have been indexed by staff and there are a range of indexes available on microfiche and card. These include the General Index (microfiche), the Biographical Index (microfiche) and the New General Index (card), which contain index entries for articles from newspapers indexed from 1833-1997. Selected searching on the West Australian newspaper database from August 1987 to date is also available, but this is only searchable by staff. Files of article information for some popular current topics are also kept. Ask staff for assistance.

The State Library is always looking to fill gaps in its newspaper collection and to replace issues in poor condition including titles from the 1830s to the present day. Donations and information about new titles are always welcome. Some newspapers from other States and overseas are also held.


Some Western Australian newspapers are available on these websites:

For further assistance and information please ask a staff member at one of our service desks, via telephone on 8 9427 3111, or contact us using the Ask a Librarian service.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 8 April 2015

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