Local History Archives

Local History Archives

Ron Maidment Archives Room

Situated in the Iluka Capel Public Library, the Ron Maidment Archives Room is the centre for our Shire’s history.

The Collection preserves and celebrates the history of places, people and activities within the Shire.  The collection consists of images, booklets and reports, community newsletters, rates books, oral history recordings, family papers, books including inscribed bibles, and museum objects such as textiles, original Shire Hall artefacts, and honour boards.

Opening Hours

  • Thursdays: 10am – 4pm

Please note that the Ron Maidment Archives Room is open for research enquiries but at this stage we are not accepting donations until further notice.  If you have any queries, please email us at localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au, or alternatively, call us on 9727 0290 on Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.


Donations of historical or contemporary images, ephemera and documents about the Shire of Capel or to families residing within the Shire, residents, events, businesses and industries are encouraged and warmly received.

To accept your donations and to make them available to general public, we will kindly ask you to fill in an ‘Accession Form’ with full details of the donor and information about the donated material.  The forms can be obtained by emailing the Archives staff at localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au, or can be collected in person at the Iluka Capel Library.

Research Requests

Please note that the research is usually carried out by volunteers.

To ensure that we provide you with information you are seeking, we will ask you to fill in our ‘Research Request Form’.  The form can be obtained by contacting the Iluka Capel Library staff at 9727 0290, emailing staff at localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au, or collecting the form in person at the Iluka Capel Library.  The Archive volunteers or staff might follow up with you if we need further clarification regarding your query.

Based on your preferences, we will either email you the results of the research or you are welcome to arrange a follow up visit during our opening hours to go through the research results with one of our volunteers.


Capel Cemetery Project

The ‘Capel Cemetery Survey’ (CCS) began as a research query to the Shire of Capel Ron Maidment Archives in November 2016. Research revealed that the current cemetery site was once private land where potatoes were grown and has also accommodated a quarry and the town’s first school.   Specific enquiries about the cemetery lead to the discovery that existing records relate mainly to administrative burial detail and are not overly user friendly – for researchers or record keepers alike. This realisation motivated archive volunteers to promote the concept of the CCS as an invaluable and exciting community project. The project formally commenced in April 2017 and relies completely on the involvement and commitment of about 30 community volunteers.

You can view the survey by clicking on the links below.  These documents are always being updated and reviewed.

FINAL INTRO AND MAPS Capel Cemetery Register
FINAL Thanks and Acknowledgements


Busselton Family History Society
Australind Family History Society
The Busselton Museum

WA Links
J.S Battye Library of Western Australia
The Police Gazette of Western Australia
State Records Office
The West Australian Post Office Directories
West Australian Genealogical Society

Australian Links
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia