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The Western Australian Local History pages provide information and access to local histories, including biographies, events, gazetters, and links to published local histories.

Localities explored in the Western Australia (or Westralia) Local History pages are presently the Batavia Coast Littoral around Geraldton, and Cape Baskerville on the Dampierland Peninsula north of Broome.

This will eventually extend to include the Irwin and Greenough shires and the Abrolhos Islands in the Batavia region, and other localities in the Broome shire on the Timor Sea littoral.

Some coverage of localities in the South West of the state between the Leschenault Estuary and Cape Leeuwin is also planned for the future.

A Roll of Honour recording men and women from the Western Australian localities who have served in the Imperial and Australian armed forces will also be developed in the future.

Ode to Westralia

"Land of Forests, Fleas and Flies,brlighted hopes and blighted eyes,
Art thou hell in earth's disguise,
Westralia?

Art thou some volcanic blast
By volcanoes spurned, outcast?
Art unfinished - made the last
Westralia?

Wert thou once the chosen land
Where Adam broke God's one command?
That he in wrath changed thee to sand,
Westralia!

Land of politicians silly,
Home of wind and willy-willy,
Land of blanket, tent and billy,
Westralia.

Home of brokers, bummers, clerks,
Nest of sharpers, mining sharks,
Dried up lakes and desert parks,
Westralia!

Land of humpies, brothels, inns,
Old bag huts and empty tins,
Land of blackest, grievous sins,
Westralia."


anon, Sunday Times (Perth) 4 June 1899
Picture information and sources

left: Black Swan on Lake Monger, inner northern suburbs of Perth - the Black Swan is the emblem of Western Australia. Photo by author, 2001.
centre: Landscape of the City of Perth looking from Mt Eliza in Kings Park across Perth Water and the Swan River. Photo by author, 2001.
right: View along High Street, Fremantle towards the Roundhouse, built in the 1830s of local limestone. Photo by author, 2001.