Local History Archives

Local History Archives

Ron Maidment Archives Room

Please note that although the Shire of Capel Libraries are now open (with limited hours) the Ron Maidment Archives Room is still closed to public and we are not accepting donations until further notice.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please send us an email to localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au.  Alternatively, you can call us on 9727 0290 (Thursdays between 10am and 4pm).

Situated in the Iluka Capel Public Library, the Ron Maidment Archives Room is the center for our Shire’s history. The Collection preserves and celebrates the history of places, people and activities within the Shire of Capel. 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 artifacts, and honor boards.

OPEN:  Thursdays 10am – 4pm

Wishing to Make a Donation?

Donations of historical or contemporary images, ephemera and documents   pertaining to the Shire of Capel or to families residing within the Shire, residents, events, businesses and industries are encouraged and warmly received.  You will need to fill out an accession form which can be picked up at the library or downloaded here.



Research Requests

Research requests may be made in person, by phone or email.  Research is usually carried out by volunteers.

We recommend making an appointment and filling out a research request form prior to help us in preparing resources for your visit.

Research request forms are available to download from our website, from any of our Shire Libraries or via email.

Please email forms to: localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au


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