The majority of this district was developed between 1901 and 1919 after the gold rush. The word Palmyra means city of palms and was named after a city in the Syrian Desert. It is believed a competition was run to find a suitable name for the district and Palmyra was also thought to be a play on the words palm area.

Palmyra has a spiritual connection to the dreaming creation story of the bobtail (yoorn) goanna and fresh water springs.

The suburb, affectionately referred to as 'Paly', is home to the Melville History Society, which is located at the Miller Bakehouse Museum in Baal Street. The Miller Bakehouse Museum is the only bakery museum in Australia. Originally opened as the Sunlight Bakery in 1935 by H. Miller & Sons, the building is now classified by the National Trust and the City of Melville's Municipal Inventory.

Other community groups include the Melville Theatre Company, the Stock Road Senior Citizens Club and Melville Cares at June Barton House.

Palmyra Primary School is a very environmentally-focused school, including both Aboriginal and kitchen gardens named after prominent people in Palmyra's history.

'Palmyra pocket parks' are listed as one of three favourite places within the suburbs of Attadale, Bicton, Melville and Palmyra in the North West Neighbourhood Plan 2009.

The suburb also has an active local group in Palmyra Together, which is made up of residents, and representatives from the local school, church groups, and senior citizens club. The group meets to share information and look for opportunities to enhance community life in Palmyra.

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