Joondalup Library – local history collection

Local history is a dedicated collection located on the lower ground floor of the Joondalup Library. Local history collects, preserves and celebrates the Joondalup region’s rich local heritage. It contains a variety of resources on the history, development, environment and culture of the Joondalup and Wanneroo area, and provides researchers with a picture of life in the region from Aboriginal times to the present day.

If you would like to consider donating items to the local history collection, please see the article on Local history donations.

For information about resources for teachers and visits by school groups view Local history for schools.

Help update local history records

Joondalup Library’s local history collection is a treasure trove of information about the early settlement of the City of Joondalup and Wanneroo areas. The local history team collects, preserves and celebrates the rich heritage of the area, and it’s always exciting when new historical details come to light.

Recently, the Lockwood family approached the City of Joondalup, detailing their family’s historical connection to the land around Lake Goolellal. The family operated a piggery from 1940 – 1969. The local history team have had the opportunity to add valuable documents, photos and the opportunity to record an oral history with John Lockwood.

Does your family have links to the early settlement of Joondalup, especially prior to 1950? The local history team would love to hear from you, please email or call 9400 4746.

Local history resources

  • Books, reports and unpublished theses
  • Oral histories
  • Maps
  • Ephemera and school memorabilia
  • Annual reports
  • Council documents and minutes
  • Community News articles
  • Stories and suburb history.