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Historical records

Landgate is one of the oldest State Government agencies. We hold valuable State archives of historic titles, maps, charts, survey plans and an array of other historic records that date back to the first colonisation of the Swan River Settlement.

Historical Search Request records:

Give you:

  • ex-owner details and sales records
  • historic titles from 1875 (Torrens system)
  • detailed reports, including 'chain of title' searches
  • cancelled titles and public plans
  • historic maps with land tenure
  • crown surveys, leases and registers.

and are useful for:

  • searching your own family history
  • researching past ownership of a property
  • finding sales history of a property
  • discovering past land use for development or environmental studies
  • understanding changes in land tenure or cadastral boundaries over time.

Historical Name Search: 

The Historical Ownership Name Search Report can be accessed through Land Enquiry Services if you have a MyLandgate account. If you don’t have a MyLandgate account, requests for a historical ownership name report must be conducted in person at the Midland or Perth branch after presenting 100-points of ID required as part of the Name Suppression guidelines.


Find below some examples of the historical records you may be able to obtain:

Historical Records Pricing

Historical Records Price (not subject to GST)
Copies of titles $30.50
Leases $30.50
Surveys $30.50
Transfer of Land Act documents $30.50
Memorials $30.50
Cancelled titles $30.50
Superseded titles - digital title not on current version 15.25
Search of Historical Tenure in the Historical Database (Hourly rate or part thereof in addition to the historical record) $134.00
Manual processing fee $7.50
Digital History List $14.50
Colour Reproduction (per page) $36.00

Please note: Searching for Historical Records is a staff-assisted service. Prices and delivery times may vary. In most cases an estimated cost can be provided before a search is commenced.

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