Simpson family in one of the first cars in WA, Cue
Image: Simpson family in one of the first cars in WA, Cue P1999.1765
History in a Suitcase
RWAHS Education Program - History in a suitcase


The Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc. 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.

Come visit us - Open 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

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.

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 Street, Nedlands, WA, 6009


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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