Historic Toodyay Websites
Toodyaypedia (on Wikipedia)
This free site within Wikipedia provides an array of Toodyay information, which includes histories on various sites within the district, biographical sketches of Toodyay pioneers and identities as well as other Toodyay related topics. See also here for an introduction to the site.
Toodyay Local Websites
Information and stories from the museums of the Shire of Toodyay. Resources on Toodyay’s history can be accessed via ‘Toodyay’s Heritage’ page on this site.
Toodyay District Census 1877-1888 – Transcript (Toodyay Museums)
Access a transcript to an early census of Toodyay district inhabitants and discover in which locality your ancestors were living in the late 1870s to late 1880s.
The Shire of Toodyay produced this monthly newsletter from June 2017 to June 2021.
A public Facebook page showcasing stories from Toodyay’s past, museum updates and upcoming events.
Digital editions of the Toodyay Herald from 2009 to the present time can be read and downloaded from here. Searching through your main search engine including the terms “Toodyay Herald” with a subject or name in your search is the best option for locating information within these editions of the Toodyay Herald.
Provides updates, information and regular newsletters on the Toodyay Naturalists’ Club and its activities.
Find the Friends’ newsletter (Biddip) under ‘News’.
Supporting the local community through providing a range of services and programs. Their newsletter can be found here.
Showcases Coca Cola memorabilia.
A public Facebook page displaying the rich and varied history of Toodyay through historic photographs.
This site provides updates on Arts Toodyay events and profiles of members.
Western Australian Websites and Resources
The database provided by the Department of Justice enables one to search indexes of Western Australian Civil Registration records of births (1841-1932), deaths (1841-1971) and marriages (1841-1936), for free. Please note that information provided on this site is selected information extracted from the original certificates and registers. To determine all details of a given event (birth, death or marriage) a copy of the certificate should be purchased.
For events occurring after this time period, consult various indexes on microfiche at the Battye Library in the State Library of Western Australia or contact the Registry here.
The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History, located on the third floor of the State Library of Western Australia, holds the historic social and cultural records of the State. Records may be requested via the SLWA online catalogue, or researchers can consult with a librarian on the third floor. It is best to plan your visit and locate, through the Library catalogue, what materials you would like to look at. If you don’t already have a free State Library membership, it is advised that you get one if you are planning to research Western Australian ancestors or historical subjects.
An excellent site indicating primary and secondary sources of material within the Battye Library (State Library) and State Records Office (TIP: Use the guides within the Dead Reckoning site in conjunction with the State Library and State Records Office catalogues and finding aids).
Digitised Post Office Directories, listing the residents of metropolitan and rural Western Australia, from 1893 to 1949, are located on the State Library website, and may be downloaded as PDF files.
The website of the Friends of Battye Library provides a number of useful resources for both amateur researchers and more experienced investigators. Resources include: digital copies of The Convict Records of Western Australia research guide, the Bicentennial Dictionaries of Western Australians (pdfs for free downloading); a Bibliography on Western Australian history texts; and the Friends of Battye Library newsletters.
State Records Office of Western Australia (their catalogue can be found here)
The State Records Office holds the State Government and Local Government archives for Western Australia. Their holdings include probate records, records of land transactions, convict records, and other governmental records relevant to both the family history researcher and the historian. The State Records Office has a desk on the third floor of the State Library and retrievals of their material will be sent to the Leah Jane Cohen Reading Room also on the third floor for researchers to peruse. Requests for archives can be made on the State Records Office catalogue (if you are registered with them), with retrievals made only once day. The State Records Office also provides a consultation service with their archivists.
A useful site published by FamilyHistoryWA. Biographies of a number of Toodyay Enrolled Pensioner Guards can be located here, under ‘Profiles A-Z’.
The site has a database of biographical details for Western Australian Sappers, which can be located through the A to Z ‘Sappers Index’.
The site includes a Redcoats Index (incomplete), for Redcoats discharged in Western Australia. The website also has an essay by Alison Cromb on the Toodyay Barracks and its Soldiers, which can be located via the link in the panel on the left side of the Homepage.
This site has a biographical index of Crimean War veterans who were in Western Australia.
A share point for Western Australian museums, this site also has images and descriptions of some objects and information from the Toodyay Shire Museums collection. The Toodyay page within this site can be found here.
There are some online resources available on their site for non-members.
Carnamah Historical Society website provides a number of free resources, including WA Motor Vehicle Registrations, WA State School Teachers, WA Livestock Brands, and People in the Colony of WA 1863-1897 (from WA Almanacks and other sources).
A useful timeline of the history of Northam and districts from 1786 – 2001 can be located under ‘The History’ tab.
Toodyay has a local organisation of this Corporation.
Information on the culture and history of Western Australian Noongar peoples.
Has a free catalogue to search their collection. Appointments may be made to view material in their library.
See Collections and Research Resources in the website for information about some objects in the Museum’s collection, as well as the Museum’s online datasets.
Resources include lists of Western Australian convict records, and shipping lists, and passenger lists.
Websites Outside Western Australia
Free access to hundreds of Western Australian periodicals and newspapers. It is best to use the Advanced Search to locate particular information or references within Western Australian (and Australian) newspapers. Toodyay related newspapers available here include the Newcastle Herald (1902-1912) and later the Toodyay Herald (1912-1954) as well as the Northam Advertiser (1895-1955).
This site also has listings of headstones at Nardie, Culham Church and St. Saviour’s, Katrine as well as the Northam Cemetery. Searching under the names of other cemeteries in your search engine, for example, “Nardie Cemetery” will also bring up other cemetery transcriptions and records for that given cemetery. Such sites include Find A Grave. Note that these records available online are not complete listings of all burials in these cemeteries – contact the Toodyay Historical Society to enquire further about other Toodyay cemeteries records.
Search the Australian War Memorial’s database of persons who served. There are number of Toodyay people to be found in their datasets and archives.
Holdings include Western Australian colonial records and military records of Toodyay Enrolled Pensioner Guards.
This site, for free subscription, provides the researcher with a number of useful databases and records related to Western Australia (including Toodyay records). See also records in the ‘Rica Erickson Collection’ in the Search Catalog section for Toodyay birth, death and marriage registration records and other datasets.