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The Society

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) (RWAHS) was formed in 1926. The Society is a not-for-profit incorporated association under the Act.

The object of the Society is to encourage the study, writing and enjoyment of the history of Western Australia in all its cultural diversity.


History West is the brand name for all our operations and activities and is trademarked ™

The Society

Since the Society was formed in 1926 by a small group of people it has grown into a Statewide community organisation of over 700 members and organisations, including a network of over 70 Affiliated Societies interested in preserving the history of Western Australia.  Underlying all the Society’s activities is the recognition that History is a vital part of the State’s culture for the reasons set out in The Value of History document

The Society houses a Museum with a significant costume and art collection, an extensive reference Library, Personal Papers, Photograph Archive and a boutique bookshop of Western Australian history publications.  It encourages the understanding of history through its exhibitions, publications, research readings and community talks. The Society has always been actively involved in advocacy for history and heritage across the State and in public campaigns.  It is a member of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

The Society values the cultural diversity that exists in Western Australia’s past and present and is mindful of the need take it into account in all its activities.


We acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Derbarl Yerrigan, the traditional custodians of the land on which the Society meets, their leaders and culture.


Stirling house, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009