The Kununurra Historical Society Inc. - Archive

Archival Records

Archive accession listings are currently only available for researchers and members to view at the Kununurra Museum - KHS Archive and Museum facility. A comprehensive index listing and finding aid for the KHS archive has been building up since 2006, but is far from complete. It is hoped that listings will eventually be available online.

75 Years of Ord Irrigation in 2016

 To commemorate 75 years of Ord River Irrigation a very important paper to Ord irrigation history by KM Durack from March 1941 (KHS archive number KHS-2015-1-H-BD) was the first KHS archive document to be placed online in 2016.

'Developing the North - Proposed Research Station for the Kimberleys' was photographed page by page, and since then these pages have been transcribed by volunteer members of the Kununurra Historical Society (KHS). With the text and images now compiled into this document, derivative formats will be placed for download – fittingly this is the first KHS archive to be placed as a digital archive on the KHS website to be made accessible to all.

Download KHS archive number KHS-2015-1-H-BD - 'Developing the North - Proposed Research Station for the Kimberleys' - (Also listed for download at end of this page if this link does not work).

Are you researching?

Researching the KHS Archive

Apply for a KHS Research Permit

To research the archival material held by KHS you will need to apply for a researcher's ticket. Go to the KHS Researcher Application page.

Member Researchers

You could also join the society as a member. We encourage people to become financial life members to support the work on this archive, and receive regular updates. with no need for messy renewals at just 10 times the annual membership rate. Join KHS Now!

If you are researching be sure to Contact KHS with your enquiry and make certain you see the KHS History Research Links Page.


If you are interested in volunteering please see our Volunteers page.

Kununurra Archive and Museum

The KHS archive and museum building is a purpose built (2001) archive and museum facility, containing the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley archive room as well as the KHS archive room, museum space, office, kitchen and work area as well as accessible conveniences.

Online Archives

You can view the Digital Archive - Online Images - see over 2500 photographs that have been digitised and documented by dedicated KHS volunteers.

Your Archival Records

The important work of actively collecting to build up a local historical archive to be preserved for past, present and future residents of the Kununurra community, has resulted in well over 100 new archives coming in each year. Because of the constant transient nature of Kununurra's population, KHS Archive, Library, Museum & Research facility is actively seeking archives from past residents, so join KHS and share with us your part in this history.  If you have any archival material in the way of photographs, documents, books or other objects, with significance to East Kimberley history, that you would like to have preserved locally for future generations (to see-read-hear your stories?) in the KHS purpose built archive facility, please Contact KHS

KHS Collection Policy

The collection policy of the Kununurra Historical Society Inc. takes in Kununurra and the Ord River Irrigation Area, East Kimberley, NT/WA Border, areas as the main areas of interest and collection and we have general areas of interest in the Victoria River Region of the NT to the WA/NT border (Ord-Victoria) and how that links to Kimberley history as well as any Kimberley, NT and WA History in general.

Download KM Durack's 1941 paper "Proposed Research Station for the Kimberleys" 

Which resulted in the 1st research station at Carlton Reach.

(Free to download just below :^)