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Researching your Railway Family

Researching your family history can be frustrating but fun. Railway people in your WA family tree can tell of the story of the state. Our expert researcher will share his knowledge in this talk as to the sources available to assist in your search and what their role in the railways meant.

Rail Heritage WA’s Research Officer, Jeff Austin, has answered many queries about tracing railway ancestors in Western Australia. His publication on Station Masters of WA is just part of the story. Jeff will present a talk sharing his knowledge of the various available railway personnel records and how to access them. As the railways were key to the development of modern Western Australia, many families have railway links, especially when the workshop employees are included. You can also find out what a fireman or a ganger did.

Being held in the Railway Museum this talk will also include access to the Museum’s collection. So if your ancestor was a train driver, a guard or worked as a ‘hostess’, you can stand where they once stood as part of their job.

The Railway Museum opens at 1pm and you are welcome to come early before the presentation starts at 2pm. Please book through trybooking ‘Researching your railway family’

Event date

Event Details

136 Railway Parade, Bassendean, WA

If coming by train the closest station is Ashfield and then head towards Midland for about 300m.


Presentation at 2pm but welcome at museum from 1pm.

Entry fees:
Adults $10, Children $5, Concession $10
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.trybooking.com/BOAUCevents@railheritagewa.org.au0417961187
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: