Convenor, Nick Drew
Affiliated Societies Committee
Royal Western Australian Historical Society
Address: 49 Broadway,
Nedlands, WA, 6009
Ph: (08) 9386 3841  Email:

A network of affiliated historical societies, comprising more than seventy organisations and over two thousand members has been developed across Western Australia. These societies play an active role in growing community awareness and appreciation of local history and heritage through the preservation, recording and promotion of their respective district histories.  There may be groups in Western Australia who want to form a society with similar interests.  See Affiliated Societies Guidelines for Forming New Societies  that has been prepared to assist those groups.

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society’s Annual State History Conference of Affiliated Societies provides opportunities for members to meet each other and gain valuable knowledge from guest speakers and workshops.

Tours and events are from time to time are conducted in partnership with Affiliated Societies.

The Society invites historical societies and other like-minded organisations to become Affiliates.  Just fill in the email Membership Application Form.

Benefits of Affiliation

There are significant benefits to becoming an RWAHS Affiliated Society.  These include:

Professional Support
The Society can provide assistance and advice to affiliated societies and groups regarding management of an historical society, organisation of materials and support in grant applications. The Affiliated Societies Committee’s members have had many years of practical experience in running a society or applying for grants and are willing to share this experience with affiliated members.  

RWAHS Newsletter and Annual Journal
The Society issues its monthly newsletter History West, every month (except January). The newsletter provides information on activities run by the Society and its affiliated members as well as interesting articles on various aspects of history. Book reviews on books held in either the library or for sale in the Society’s bookshop are also a regular feature. Membership also entitles affiliated societies to the Society’s annual journal Early Days which features talks given at the Society’s monthly talks.

Free Members Events and opportunities to organise joint events
Members are invited to attend the monthly talks at Stirling House and receive a discount on the various tours that are organised each year. The RWAHS also organises joint events with Affiliated Societies such as local heritage days or at an annual Agricultural Show.

Annual State History Conference
Each year the Affiliated Societies Committee assists in the preparation of the Society’s Annual State History Society which is hosted by one of its affiliated societies. These conferences are very popular and alternate yearly (where ever possible) between the Society’s metropolitan and country affiliated members. The 2022 Conference will be will be hosted by the Denmark Historical Society (Inc.).

Merit Award

Each year the Affiliates Committee, on behalf of the RWAHS, presents a Merit Award at the Annual Conference.  This award is presented to the Affiliated Society who has worked throughout the year to improve and promote there organisation, caring for their collection and promoting the history of their community through exhibitions and involving their community collection.  Societies interested in participating in this competition are urged to nominate by following "The Annual Activities Report Guidelines" section in the Annual Report Form.

Free Access to RWAHS Library, research advice from RWAHS Librarian
Affiliated membership entitles member of your organisation to free access to the extensive research library (which includes books, original documents, maps, photographs and pictures). Assistance with any tricky research questions can also be provided by the highly experienced volunteers who assist the Society’s Honorary Librarian.

Discounts on Archival Materials and Books
Affiliated Members are also entitled to a discount on the books in the Society’s extensive bookshop that stocks a huge variety of books on Western Australian history. The Society also stocks a range of archival products that can be purchased at a discount.

Opportunity to Work on Affiliated Societies Committee and RWAHS Council
The Affiliated Societies Committee assists the host society organise the RWAHS annual conference. Committee members are elected each year at the annual conference. Serving on this committee provides an opportunity to network with other like-minded people who are passionate about history.

The affiliated societies are also represented on the RWAHS’ Council by two representatives from this committee. This enables affiliates to participate in the running of their parent body.

Contacts for Affiliated Societies
A comprehensive listing of Affiliated Societies contact details is available at this site.

Keeping up-to-date with our affiliates

Every year we ask you for your current contact details and activity report by completing and submitting the Annual Report Form, including the Annual Activities Guidelines  This will allow us to regularly update the entry for you society in the list of Affiliated Societies on this website. Additionally, by