Interested in searching through back issues of The West Australian? The West Australian Archive Digital Editions is now available for searching in the State Library. This database covers all issues of the newspaper from July 2004 until yesterday. It contains the same content, editorial and photographic material including the classifieds for birth, death and marriage notices, you’ll find in the printed version with the exception of The West Magazine and commercial inserts which are not included. It can be searched using keywords and articles can be printed.
This database is available on computers within the State Library – you will need to register with the library to access and book library computers.
As of July 2014 State Library members can also access this database from home. Information on who is eligible for membership and how to join is found on our eresources at Home page.
The Australian Newspapers service [developed by the National library] allows access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. For further information about the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP), view the public website at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp
If you need information from issues between 1955 and 2003 they are available on microfilm (along with earlier and later editions that are also in the online services), you can view the microfilm at the State Library.
If you need help finding information from The West or if you are unable to visit the State Library to use the database or microfilm please contact the State Library’s information services.
[Updated 19 October 2011, 2 July 2014]