Local Heritage

Geraldton Town Hall, 1940s. Photo donated to the Geraldton Regional Library by Mr & Mrs Buchan

The City of Greater Geraldton has emerged from a rich heritage formed by historic buildings, landscapes, cultural records and traditions. The stories of our community therefore form an integral part of our local identity. Valuing our heritage helps us learn more about ourselves and gives us a sense of belonging and place.

Heritage places may be natural or man-made and gives a sense of place, identity, and future direction. The City is proud to acknowledge outstanding efforts by people and organisations who have worked to conserve and promote local heritage through the annual Heritage Awards.

First awarded in 2012, the Awards are the cornerstone of the City’s Heritage Strategy. The Strategy is a key document which links community aspiration with clear goals and strategies for managing the City’s valuable social, cultural and natural heritage.

Geraldton Civic Centre, 1963. Photo donated to the Geraldton Regional Library by O. C. Burns

The City supports various heritage activities on behalf of residents from a broad geographical area covering the Geraldton, Greenough, Mullewa and Walkaway communities.  Heritage Services are coordinated by the Manager Libraries and Heritage, based at the Geraldton Regional Library.

Our Heritage services include:

  • Assistance with historical reference enquiries and family history research
  • Provision of an extensive local history collection, containing books, photographs, maps, journals, serials, assorted ephemera, and access to online family history databases such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past.
  • Oral History Mornings
  • Heritage Services Bookshop
  • Local History Publishing program
  • Information / Referral to other City of Greater Geraldton Departments
  • Assistance with 'Local Heritage Links' Heritage Awards, Heritage Advisory Committee, Grants. 

For more information about local heritage visit the Geraldton Regional Library website or contact the Library on (08) 9956 6659 or e-mail the Library.