Studies in Western Australian History


Studies in Western Australian History (SWAH) is the pre-eminent refereed journal for research on Western Australian history. Volumes of SWAH are usually thematic, with leading and emerging scholars contributing to its high-quality articles.

Recent volumes have covered themes such as war and conflict, the Indian Ocean, convictism, Aboriginal citizenship, sport and society, women's history, celebrations in Western Australian history and many more. Other volumes have focused on the legacy of the late Tom Stannage (a founder of the Centre for Western Australian History) and the Indian Ocean port city of Fremantle. 

While the articles focus on Western Australia, they also inform broader Australian history and provide a different perspective on well-known themes. Several volumes have focused on the ethics and practice of historians, and the ways in which they make history.


Studies in Western Australian History began as University Studies in History and Economics, first published in 1934. Six volumes were published up to 1956.  In 1957 the name was changed to University Studies in Western Australian History with four volumes up to 1960.  The title changed again in 1961 to University Studies in History with nine volumes published up to 1970.

In the lead-up to the 150th anniversary of Western Australia, the journal was renamed as Studies in Western Australian History in 1977. Publication and management of SWAH came under the aegis of the Centre for Western Australian History in 1989.  Thirty-five volumes have been published under the SWAH banner.

Forthcoming issues

  • Volume 36, Leslie Marchant, edited by Deborah Gare

Back issues

How to contribute to or purchase copies


The editor(s) for each volume is chosen by the editorial board. The editor, in turn, commissions suitable contributors to the volume, and generally manages the editorial and production processes.

All contributors to SWAH retain the copyright to their work but are required to sign an agreement which allows the publishers of SWAH to sub-license the work to Informit. When you have submitted your article, a form will be sent to you to sign.


The full text of all volumes of Studies in Western Australian History is available online through libraries via Informit.

You can purchase individual copies of previous volumes from the CWAH shop (unless that volume is now out of print).

For queries regarding bulk orders or free collection, email b[email protected]

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