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.
detailed reports, including 'chain of title' searches
cancelled titles and public plans
historic maps with land tenure
crown surveys, leases and registers.
Historical records 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 Ownership Name Search Report
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.
Superseded titles - digital title not on current version
Search of Historical Tenure in the Historical Database (Hourly rate or part thereof in addition to the historical record)
Manual processing fee
Digital History List
Colour Reproduction (per page)
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.
Frequently asked questions
Searching for historical records is a staff assisted service. Landgate provides this service in person, at our Midland office, or by request form. Once completed, request forms can be emailed, posted or faxed into Landgate.
Perches, acres, roods, chains and links are Imperial (pre-metric) units of measurement used by surveyors during the 1800's.
One rood is equal to 1/4 acre or 40 perches. To convert acres, roods and perches to square metres, use our online area conversion calculator.
A hectare is a metric measurement. One hectare equals 10 000 square metres.
ex-owners and sales information of a property
Certificates of Title dating back to 1875 (Torrens system)
detailed written reports, including 'chain of title' searches
cancelled Certificates of Title
historical maps showing land tenure
cancelled public plans
Crown and freehold surveys
Crown leases and registers
Deeds of Memorial and indexes and registers dating back to 1829
historic maps and imagery dating back to 1948.
A SMR digital history list shows any transaction that has occurred on a digital title since its creation. Digital titles only show current information, so to research the land transactions that have taken place since the title became digital, a SMR digital history list is needed.
Transfer of land documents are documents that create a change to a Certificate of Title when lodged and registered at Landgate.