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


Ron Maidment Archives Collection now Featured on Collections WA

Shire of Capel Archives joined Collections WA, a free, searchable platform that brings together collections from collecting organisations across Western Australia ranging from libraries, galleries, and museums, to archives and historical societies.

The Collections WA platform allows us to have our own profile page which is visible to the public and enables us to publish our archive records online and for free.  Collections WA will not only increase our collection’s visibility but will also contribute to the collective memory and history of our state.

This is a long-term project and archive staff, and volunteers will be adding more items to the collection as time permits.

For those who would like to have a look at the Collections WA platform, here is the link



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

We accept all donations during the Archives opening hours (Thursdays 10am-4pm).  Please feel free to email us at, or alternatively, call 9727 0290 on Thursdays between 10am and 4pm to discuss suitability of your items as a donation.

To accept your donations and to make them available to general public, we kindly ask you to fill in our ‘Accession Form’.  The form contains the donor’s full details as well as information about the donated item.  The form can be obtained by emailing us at, or collected in person from the Iluka Capel Library staff.

Research Requests

All research is usually carried out by volunteers.

To ensure we provide you with information you seek, we will ask you to fill in our ‘Research Request Form’.  The form can be obtained by emailing staff at, or collecting the form in person at the Iluka Capel Library.  Once your request is received, the Archive staff or volunteers might follow up with you if more clarification is needed.

Based on your preference, we can 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 results with one of our volunteers.


Capel District Cemeteries Project Inc

This Project began as the ‘Capel Cemetery Survey’ (CCS) in 2017.

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.   The site of the Cemetery was initially reserved in 1854 and the earliest recorded interment was that of Elizabeth Payne in 1884.

Using available records, and after surveying the Cemetery itself, the complete register was compiled at the end of 2017.

Currently, motivated community volunteers are researching the stories of the 700 or more interred with a view to making their stories available online.  The hard copies of the stories are kept at the Ron Maidment Archives Capel.

You are invited to connect with the project and the volunteers by visiting their webpage from April 2021.  You can also view their progress on the ‘Capel District Cemeteries Project’ Facebook page.



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