Western Australia is world renowned for its mineral and energy wealth. The sector is a vital part of our shared heritage as Western Australians. It has played an important role in our state's economic, social and cultural development, past and present. 

Explore the history of the mining and energy sector in West Australia through photographs, stories and documents from the State Library of Western Australia’s collections. 

The State Library holds a significant collection of materials relating to the history of mining and energy in Western Australia since the late 1800s. These include letters, diaries, journals, manuscripts, photographs, films, maps and sound recordings that tell the stories of people and places involved in or impacted by the sector. 

This Mining and Energy WA (MEWA) project is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia to record and preserve the stories of the mining and energy sector to ensure this rich history is captured and treasured for future generations. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this exhibition contains photographs and footage of people who are now deceased. The State Library of Western Australia welcomes any additional information about the materials in this exhibition.