Find your ancestors in Western Australian PO Directory 1905-1942


Do you have West Australian ancestry?

Directories are an immense source of historical information, both for the social historians and genealogists. They're essential for anyone searching their family history or building a family tree. Use them to find where a person lives and their occupation, not to mention about the times in which they lived. This Wise's Western Australian Post Office Directory is no different. Included here are two different sets, each containing a vast amount of information spanning 1905 to 1942.

Find out who was the local manufacturers for cementware, or who were funeral directors, where the local hospitals were, who was the local night watchman. You will find doctors and judges, pig breeders and dairy merchants ... everything is covered!

Included are the following sets:

1941-42 (Wise)

Divided into several sections, the Perth Street Directory lists each head of the household, house-by-house, street-by-street. There is a 'Suburbs' section which covered: Applecross, Bassendean, Canning Bridge, Gosnells, Karrakatta, Maddington, Nedlands, Oxborne Park, Queen's Park, Redcliffe, Scarborough, Victoria Park and Wattle Grove. These provide name, address and sometimes occupation.

The 'Country Directory' is similar, and lists towns alphabetically, together with residents and their address and occupation. The 'Alphabetical Directory' lists everyone alphabetically by surname who lived in Perth and Suburbs, Fremantle, Boulder and Kalgoorlie.

The 'Trades and Professional Directory' is effectively our yellow pages. Arranged by trade, each person is listed together with name and address. There are various other miscellaneous directories covering ecclesiastical, postal, government, societies and more.

1905, 1910, 1914, 1924, 1935-1936, 1939

These directories are divided into three main sections: Towns, Alphabetical and Trades and Professions. These three classifications enable the enquirer to see at a glance the Householders or Traders in any one Town; the Business and Address of any resident in the State; and the Firms throughout Western Australia engaged in any trade or profession. The directory also includes many pages of advertisements, all of which provide useful information, often including names of people and places.

Sections include:

  • Towns Section - contains the usual separate Streets Directories of Perth and Suburbs, Fremantle and Suburbs, Kalgoorlie, Boulder and Coolgardie, with Alphabetical Directories of every other Town, Township and Postal District in Western Australia

  • The alphabetical section - contains the Names, Occupations and Postal Addresses for the entire State

  • The trades section - shows the Business Firms of the State, arranged under their trades or professions

Separate directories are given in the following areas:

  • Medical

  • Ecclesiastical.

  • Legal

  • Educational

  • Banking and Finance

  • Insurance

  • Mining

  • Pastoral and Agricultural

  • Local and General Government

  • Public Companies

  • Customs

  • Postal and Telegraphic