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The State Archives of Western Australia had its origins in the appointment of an Archivist to head the Archives Branch in 1945.
Following the formation of the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History in 1955, the Archives Branch was absorbed by the Battye Library and the Principal Librarian was also the State Archivist.
In the mid 1980's, a functional review recommended that archives be separated from the Battye Library and accordingly the State Archives was established as a separate directorate of the Library and Information Service of WA. The State Archives of Western Australia became the Public Records Office on 22 May 1995.