Western Australia Post Office Directory

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The Western Australia Post Office Directory, also known as Wise Directories or Wise Street Directories were published in Perth from 1893-1949.

They were published by H. Pierssené[1] and later by H. Wise & Co.[2] They listed household, business, society, and Government contacts in Perth, Freemantle, Kalgoorlie, Boulder and Coolgardie including some rural areas of Western Australia.


The Western Australian Directory was published by H. Pierssene between 1893-1895. Herbert Pierssene was a merchant and importer of English Continental and Ceylonese goods. He was an agent for McCulluch Carrying Company and a bottler of West Australian wines.[3]

The Western Australia Post Office Directory was published by Wise & Co. between the years 1895-1949 with the exception of 1943 and 1948.

Wise Directories[edit]

The directories provide information by locality, individual surname, government service, and by trade or profession. The addresses of householders and businesses throughout Western Australia are included.[4] Maps were sometimes published with an edition of the directory.[5] The towns section of the directories normally contained separate street directories of Perth and suburbs, Fremantle and Suburbs, Kalgoorlie, Boulder and Coolgardie.[6]

Known colloquially to users and book collectors as 'Wise Directories' or 'Wise Street Directories' the red covered directories were published between 1893 and 1949. Due to the annual changes, the directories are valuable historical documents for Western Australian History. They are scarce in the Australian rare book market.

The directories have been invaluable referent points for such projects as the Dictionary of Western Australians and others where the street lists in the directory provide details of inhabitants and houses in some streets in the more built-up residential areas. Country towns in the directory have name lists only.

They have been available in microfilm form in J S Battye Library, and more recently have become online (see link below) in one of the J S Battye Library digitization projects.


  1. ^ Pierssené, Herbert (1893), The Western Australian directory, H. Pierssene, retrieved 6 March 2015 
  2. ^ Wise & Co (1938), Wise's Western Australia post office directory, H. Wise & Co. Pty Ltd, retrieved 6 March 2015 
  3. ^ "Thomas Herbert Pierssené". Territory Stories. Northern Territory Department of Arts and Museums. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "POST-OFFICE DIRECTORY.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 27 April 1909. p. 2 Edition: THIRD EDITION. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "WESTERN AUSTRALIA DIRECTORY.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 5 March 1908. p. 6 Edition: THIRD EDITION. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Wise's Directories; Archive CD Books Australia (2004), Western Australia Post Office directory (Wise's) 1905, Archive CD Books Australia, ISBN 978-1-920978-23-5 

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