Simpson family in one of the first cars in WA, Cue

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc.)

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society has had a pioneering role in the conservation and interpretation of Western Australia’s social history and supports recognition of Indigenous history and culture which predates and parallels the period of European history.

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Image: Simpson family in one of the first cars in WA, Cue P1999.1765

Come visit us

Due to the Covid-19 virus the Society is closed until further notice. Emails and phones will be monitored during this period. 

The online Bookshop and Catalogue are still available for purchases.

Our Museum and Library historical collections offer rare and unique material that deal specifically with Western Australian history. The Museum provides displays of its collections which are changed from time-to-time. The Library is a reference library and items are not for loan, so we invite you to visit and explore our valuable collection.

  • Closed until further notice
  • Visit Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009
  • Library use is free to members, with fees for organisations and non-members
  • Museum visits are free

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc.) 49 Broadway, cnr Clark St
Nedlands, WA, 6009
Tel. +61 8 9386 3841

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Perth from Mt Eliza



The Society has a range of events and talks coming up:


If you are interested in joining the Society or renewing your subscription you can do so online using the email Membership Application or request a brochure about the Society which includes an application form.

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A network of affiliated historical societies, comprising more than seventy organisations and over two thousand members, has been developed across Western Australia. These societies support a growing community awareness and appreciation of local history and heritage.

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