History Book

History Book

City’s published history book

Settlement to City chronicles the growth of the district of Armadale from its founding as a tiny military outpost at Kelmscott in 1830 to the thriving City that it is today. The City, in commissioning this work, wanted to hear the story ‘warts and all'. The result is a 446 page book in 22 chapters that is both a well indexed tool for future researchers, as well as an extremely readable and sometimes amusing history book. It is complemented with quotes from oral histories, lots of photographs from days gone by, and images of important documents.


The book retails for $33 for a soft cover or $55 for a case bound copy (limited numbers available) and can be purchased from the City’s Administration Building, the Armadale, Kelmscott or Seville Grove Libraries, and the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre.

If you live outside the Perth Metropolitan Area and would like arrange purchase and postage, please contact the Armadale Library on (08) 9394 5125.

Advising of corrections

A history book is never complete! You may know the name of someone as yet unidentified in one of the photographs in the book, or be able to provide additional information related to some of the stories recounted. To give us this detail, download the Corrections and Additions Form.



Origins of roads and locality names in the Armadale district

Research into the origins of roads and locality names in the Armadale district has been undertaken by historians Jennie and Bevan Carter, authors of Settlement to City: a history of the Armadale district and its people which was commissioned by the City of Armadale and published in August 2011.

Details of the history and origin of road and locality names have been compiled from many sources, including information gathered from Council records dating from 1895, historical documents both Government and private from 1830, memoirs, oral history interviews with residents, newspaper articles, and a range of other written materials. We acknowledge the wonderful help given by so many people.

The basis for this website database is the ‘Geonoma’ listing of all named places in the district kindly provided by Landgate. To this listing has been added page references from the Melway Greater Perth Street Directory 2012 and further historical information provided by the historians based on the resources used.

All effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate at the time of publication, but in many cases, there are no records uncovered as to why a particular road or locality was given its name. In some instances a reasonably likely explanation can be determined, particularly where the name commemorates a known local identity or family. We would be very grateful for any further information about these road names so please let us know if details should be added or amended.

This database is copyright © to the City of Armadale, and Landgate 2012. (Data reproduced by permission of Western Australian Land Information Authority 9 May 2012) www.landgate.wa.gov.au