The Canning Local History Library is your gateway to the Canning region, its early days and its contemporary world.

The Canning River is of great significance to the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands in Canning. There has been much growth and change in the Canning district since colonial settlement, and since Canning's beginnings as a municipality in 1871.

Local history is an activity of social memory, documenting the richness of Canning’s past. It is important because it brings the community together through the actions of collecting, storing and distributing documentary heritage. It encourages personal and collective memory and it helps us understand our community better.

Visit the Riverton Library and explore the Local History collection, or find out something of Canning’s past, its suburbs, its people and its places.

If you have an enquiry or if you have a story or an image to share, please contact us: phone 1300 422 664 or email

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