Series S4877 - PHOTOGRAPHS

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AU WA S4877




  • 1930 - 1940 (Creation)

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Black and white photographs



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AU WA A1165 - OFFICE OF THE AGENT-GENERAL (1891-04-28 -)

Administrative history

On 28 April 1891, the Hon. Septimus Burt QC, Attorney-General, was commissioned to act as Agent-General in the United Kingdom. He held this position until Sir Malcolm Fraser was appointed as the first Agent-General on 21 April 1892.

The principal function of the Office of the Agent-General was to promote the overseas sale of the State's produce, particularly timber, and the purchase of equipment and materials for Western Australia (n.b. the population for Western Australia at the time of the establishment of the Office of the Agent-General was 40 000).

The Office was also concerned with the raising of loans in the United Kingdom for the development of the State (until the formation of the Australian Loan Council).

The Office also assisted in migration schemes.

Although still located in London, the Office today has expanded links throughout Europe and monitors current and emerging issues throughout Europe and the United Kingdom to identify prime opportunities for attracting inward and outward investment and trade for Western Australia.

Archival history

Records were originally donated to the J.S. Battye Library then transferred to the State Records Office in October 2016 as part of the Separation of Collection project. Previous call numbers (2951B) are identified with the items.

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The series consists of three Western Australian promotional albums from the Agent General for Western Australia in London. Album 1 is 60 farming photos in the South West, album 2 is 31 views of the timber industry including the progress of logs from preparation for felling to the mill with many scenic views of timber areas. Album 3 is 76 photos of Perth and main country towns with views of other places of interest (beaches, parks etc) near Perth.


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Access to digital copies available via the State Library of Western Australia's website

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