Joondalup Centre Library - Local History Collection

ADDRESS:          Lower Ground Floor, Joondalup Library
                           Cnr Boas Avenue and Lakeside Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027
Telephone:           (08) 9400 4746     Fax:   (08) 9400 4743
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Web Sites:           Joondalup Library  -  Local History Library

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Opening Times

Monday to Friday:    09:00 to 17:00
Saturday:                 09:30 to 12:30

Internet access and printing facilities available 


Family History and Genealogy resources comprise an ever-growing collection of:
•    Books       
•    Microfiche Records   
•    Passenger lists
•    Shipping records
•    Convict records
•    Births, marriages and deaths registrations
•    Census data
•    Baptism records
•    Pioneers indexes
•    Online databases
•    CD-ROMs

Genealogy books and CD-ROMs (Located in the Genealogy Collection in the Joondalup Local History Library) are available to be borrowed by Library members

Online Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

This popular online database contains census information, popular historical records, military records, directories, photos, family trees and more.

The collection includes records from North America, the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Australia and can be accessed from any of the four City of Joondalup Libraries: Joondalup, Whitford, Duncraig and Woodvale. 

Local and Family History Publications

Each season the Local History Library publishes the "Family History and Local History Newsletter". The newsletter contains information, tips, ideas and useful websites to help with your family history research. Past editions of the "Family History and Local History Newsletter" can be accessed on the Local History website

Picture Joondalup

Picture Joondalup is an Internet based service designed to preserve valuable and unique historical photographs and the stories behind them. These digital technologies offer powerful tools for enriching, organising and integrating cultural history resources and allowing community interaction and awareness. Please visit the City’s website and search for Picture Joondalup. Alternatively, ask a staff member on your next visit.

Oral Histories and Picture Joondalup in YouTube

Historical photographs from Picture Joondalup and Oral History interviews are now combined using YouTube to create an audio slideshow about the City's history. Two YouTube audio slideshows will be featured monthly on the Picture Joondalup Catalogue. Full length Oral History interviews are available to borrow from the Local History Section at the Joondalup Library.

Motion Picture

The digitisation project comprises the digitisation of the Local History Motion Picture Collection. This collection includes films in variety of formats such as: Beta, VHS, 16 and 8mm film reels. In addition, over 500 items from the Oral History Collection have been converted from analogue to digital format.  All items from both collections will be searchable at the online library catalogue and available for loan in digital format.

Archives, Ephemera, Newspaper clippings and Map Collection

The Joondalup Library, Local History holds a collection of paper-based archives, ephemera and memorabilia items and a growing collection of newspaper clipping of local significance.  The library also holds a collection of over 300 historical maps with State, regional and local significance.

Genie Exchange

Every Friday morning we host the Genie Exchange where family historians come together and help each other by sharing their tips, advice and experiences. The City’s expert volunteer genealogists will guide you through the basic steps involved in researching your family tree.

When and where?

Genie Exchange is held in the Joondalup Library, Local History area, every Friday morning from 10.00am – 12.00noon. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Bookings are not necessary for the Genie Exchange.

Family History Beginners Course

Have you ever wanted to know what your great grandfather did for a living? Do you want to find out where your family lived before they came to Australia? Did grandma once tell you that you’re related to royalty!

The Family History Research Course is an ideal starting point for those investigative minds who want to embark on their own personal voyage of discovery, to find and use information and create their own family tree.


Bookings are essential. Check out the City’s events calendar for upcoming family history sessions or contact us on 9400 4746.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 11:32