Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Updated: Index of Early WA Motor Vehicle Registrations

We're delighted to share that our hugely popular Index of Early Western Australian Motor Vehicle Registrations has been substantially expanded with the addition of a further four years of registrations! Some of the gaps have been filled and the index now stretches back to 1915.

The updated index contains 96,429 entries and covers motor vehicles registered in WA for the years 1915, 1916, 1917-18, 1919, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1926-27 and 1927-28. It covers cars and trucks for each year and also motorcycles for earlier years.

Each entry contains the person's surname, given names or initials, their address, the brand of their vehicle, the local authority it was registered with and the year. The index was compiled from lists of registrations that appeared in the annual Year Book & Road Guides of WA's Royal Automobile Club (R.A.C.).

Huge thanks are due to:

  • Our project partner, the North Midlands Project
  • The great group of volunteers who skillfully transcribed the data from photographs of photocopied records
  • A. John Parker who very kindly loaned us copies of four years of the R.A.C. Year Book & Road Guides to make this index expansion possible
  • The State Library of Western Australia who digitised and provided access to the other six years of the R.A.C. Year Book & Road Guides
  • Jim Gordon who alerted us to the existence of the year books and for his referral to A. John Parker, which inevitably led to this expanded index

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