Society Publications

The Society has two regular publications which form part of the benefits of membership. Subscriptions, issues and bound volumes of Early Days can be purchased through the Bookshop. Details of available issues and costs are listed in the Bookshop catalogue. Early Days can also be viewed on-line through RMIT's website: - see link below

Regular Publications

Early Days: Journal of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society. This is an annual scholarly publication which includes many of the papers delivered at the monthly general meetings.

History West, a monthly newsletter covering the activities of the Society.

Special Publications

Wreck of the Zuytdorp - on the Western Australian Coast in 1712
- by P E Playford, first published RWAHS, 1959, reprinted 1995.

Special SP$1, postage and handling $3.00 (multiple copies extra)

One of the enduring mysteries of WA's pre-colonial history is the fate of survivors from the Dutch ship Zuytdorp wrecked about 60km north of Kalbarri in 1712. Phillip Playford does not give an answer but he offers several theories, including assimilation resulting in Aborigines with distinctly European features as reported by Daisy Bates in 1938. Dr Playford also records events leading up to the wreck and investigations after it.

Western Australia until 1869 - The Maritime Perspective
- by F J A Broeze, published RWAHS 1984.

Special SP$1, postage and handling $3.00 (multiple copies extra)

It is almost impossible today to envisage the vital role shipping played in WA history. Until 1917 trade even between WA and the other Australian states was purely maritime. There was an almost intolerable reliance on foreign shipowners. As Dr Broeze points out: between 1841 and 1870, only four WA-owned vessels traded between WA and London . This is an invaluable record of early WA commerce.

Towards Federation: Why Western Australia joined the Australian Federation in 1901.
- Ed. Lyall Hunt, published RWAHS 2001.

Special SP$5, postage and handling $6.60 (multiple copies extra)

Australia's federation and by definition nationhood, unlike that of the US, was achieved peacefully. But as with all negotiated settlements there was almost warlike oral and written cut and thrust. Towards Federation presents the views of some of the pivotal figures of that era - politicians, editors and academics (who were sometimes one and the same) - in the struggle for national identity.

Rica's stories
- by R. Erickson, Ed. L. Layman, published RWAHS 2001.

Special SP$10, postage and handling $6.60 (multiple copies extra)

Rica Erickson's book is aptly titled being simply stories about West Australian people from transported convicts like Henry Sheepwash who did little of note, William Murphy, of Bolgart, whose wheat crop failed totally in 1865, and the barely literate and abrasive Eliza Tracey who brought a perjury charge against leading settler James Drummond. Somehow they were all building blocks of the State's history.