Welcome to the new Cockburn Libraries website. We've added some new features and refreshed the old. Read More

HomeeLibraryGenealogy & historyCockburn Local History

Welcome to the new Cockburn Libraries website. We've added some new features and refreshed the old. Read More

HomeeLibraryGenealogy & historyCockburn Local History

Welcome to the new Cockburn Libraries website. We've added some new features and refreshed the old. Read More

HomeeLibraryGenealogy & historyCockburn Local History

Welcome to the new Cockburn Libraries website. We've added some new features and refreshed the old. Read More

HomeeLibraryGenealogy & historyCockburn Local History
This page gathers a range of resources including photographic, video, oral history and other digitised materials to help you learn more about the Local History of the Cockburn area.

You will find stories about the historical buildings and places around the Cockburn district as well as information about the traditional owners of Beeliar Boodjar (Cockburn), the Beeliar Nyungar.

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that some of our Local History resources may contain images, audio or video of people who are now deceased.

Cockburn Reflects Facebook page

Ever thought you’d like to know more about the house or area where you live? Find out more about our Nyungar history? See photos from days gone by?

Would you like to share information about your family?

Check out the Cockburn Reflects – a public Facebook page for people to find and share Cockburn photos and stories.

Cockburn Reflects on Facebook

Cockburn History website

Our Cockburn History website has stories about places and people, covering topics such as wartime, industry, business, Aboriginal Cockburn, migration, social lives, and the Azelia Ley Museum.

There is also an archive of photos, audio (oral history), videos and documents.

Cockburn History website

Azelia Ley Museum

Discover the past at Azelia Ley Homestead Museum.

Explore Cockburn’s history: exhibitions of clothing, furniture, photographs, paintings, toys, market garden machinery and much more!

Open Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30pm and for group bookings on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Find Locations and more information about the Azelia Ley Museum on our Azelia Ley Museum page.

Azelia Ley Museum page

Use the search field or check out all of the artefacts in the Azelia Ley Museum collection.

Search for Azelia Ley Museum artefacts

Cockburn: The Making of a Community

While our Cockburn History website provides a recent history of Cockburn, we also have a digital copy of the well-known history book Cockburn: The Making of a Community.

Cockburn The Making of a Community digital copy

Picture Cockburn

Picture Cockburn is an archival repository of digitised historical images from around the Cockburn region, perfect for researching family history or engaging with and reminiscing about the history of Cockburn.

Use the search field or check out all of the images in the Picture Cockburn collection.

Search for Picture Cockburn images

Stipan Srhoy in ute crossing Barrington Rd 1957
Stipan Srhoy reversing onto Barrington St, 1957. Photo Steve Srhoy.

Local History videos & oral history podcasts

Here is a sample of some of our Local History videos and oral history podcasts.

For more Local History videos check out our Local History & Event Videos page.

Local History & Event Videos

For more Local oral history podcasts check out our Local & Indigenous Oral Histories

Local & Indigenous Oral Histories

History of the City of Cockburn. Part 1

History of the City of Cockburn. Part 2

Local History posts from our blog

More information

Cockburn’s Local History Officer is based at Spearwood Library and can help with your Cockburn research.

They can also copy photos you would like to share or record an oral history with someone who has great memories of Cockburn. (Ask if you need high resolution copies of photographs in our collection too.)

Contact 9411 3306 or history@cockburn.wa.gov.au