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The Governor looks at a visitor book from Government House in the 1800’s

Visit to Royal WA Historical Society, Nedlands

The Governor visited the Royal WA Historical Society to explore the organisation’s extensive collection of Western Australian history across its bookshop, library and museum.

The Governor also met with the Society’s dedicated council members and councillors.


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The Governor speaks with Mr Steve Errington, President, Royal WA Historical Society in the reference library which is free to access for members, with fees for organisations and non-members.

The Governor toured the building with the Society’s President (Mr Steve Errington), Vice President (Mrs Sally Anne Hasluck OAM) and Secretary (Ms Pamela Statham Drew).

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The Society’s collection includes books and journals on Western Australian history and maps of Western Australian regions and towns.

Currently on display in the museum is the ‘Western Land’ exhibition, showcasing tales of colonial Perth, the convict era, the lure of pearls, the arrival of life-giving water for the goldfields, and the botanical wonderland in which we live as West Australians. Some items are on public view for the first time. Museum visits are free.

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Mrs Sally Anne Hasluck OAM, Vice-President shows the Governor the many artefacts on display in the museum
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From small beginnings in 1926, the Society’s Museum collection has grown to comprise thousands of items that tell stories of life in Western Australia and help to preserve and present our heritage.
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The collection includes artworks, costume and accessories, textiles, domestic and work items, dolls and other toys, furniture, and a variety of ephemera that provide an insight into the social history of Western Australia.


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The work of the Society is funded from membership subscriptions, general fundraising, donations, bequests, sponsorship and special purpose grants.

The Governor is proud to be Patron of the Royal WA Historical Society.

About the Society

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) (RWAHS) was formed in 1926.  In 90 years it has grown from a small group of people to about 800 members and organisations, including a network of 74 Affiliated Societies interested in preserving the history of Western Australia and to one with a royal charter.

It houses a fascinating museum with a unique art collection, an extensive reference Library, photograph archive and a boutique bookshop of Western Australian history publications.

The Society has always been actively involved in advocacy for history and heritage across the State and over the last decade or so its influence in that regard has grown.


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