The J S Battye Library is named in his honour. "Battye" is a local term for the library and also his History of Western Australia volume published at the time of the Western Australia centenary celebrations in 1929.
Battye was involved in a number of publishing projects – the Cyclopedia of Western Australia before the First World War, and the History of Western Australia, as well as the commemoration of the state's centenary in 1929 he was involved in the organising committee.
Battye, J. S. (1912). The Cyclopedia of Western Australia: an historical and commercial review: descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations: an epitome of progress. 2 volumes (Illustrated ed.). Adelaide: Cyclopedia Company by Hussey & Gillingham. p. 1025. Facsimile edition published in 1985 by Hesperian Press, Carlisle, W.A. ISBN0-85905-072-6.