Situated in Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, and open 9.30am to 5pm weekdays, the Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) was formed in 1926 to give present and future generations access to the history of Western Australia. In just over 80 years the Society has grown from a small group of people interested in preserving the history of Western Australia to one with a royal charter, the home of a fascinating museum with a unique art collection, an extensive reference library, a boutique bookshop and a photographic collection.
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society’s mission is to:
- foster interest in and enjoyment of Western Australian history
- foster and promote research, writing and publication about all aspects of Western Australian history
- recognise outstanding achievement in Western Australian historical research, education and publication
- be recognised as a leader in the promotion of the history of Western Australia
- cooperate with all others in the field in the study and promotion of the history of Western Australia
- be a recognised resource for Western Australian history to complement State collections
- be recognised as an advocate in the conservation and promotion of the State’s cultural heritage
- encourage and support local affiliated societies throughout the State.