Affiliated Societies Committee

An Affiliated Societies Committee is elected each year at the Annual State History Conference of Affiliated Societies.  This Committee acts in the interests of Affiliated Societies and is represented on the Society’s Council of management. 

Committee membership 2021/22

Nick Drew - Convenor (RWAHS- Council Rep)

Fiona Bush (Mundaring & Hills)

Marilyn Gazeley (Cervantes)

Bev McGuiness (Denmark)

Lyn O'Hara (South Perth)

Gillian O’Mara (Wanneroo & Districts)

Ellen Parrick (Mundaring & Hills)

Diane Pope (Bindoon)

Ashleigh Murch (Denmark)

Rosie Stroud (Eastern Goldfields)

Malcolm Traill (Denmark)

Ian Wilson ( Manjimup)

Riuchard Offen  (ex-officio)


Affiliate Committee (2019/2020)

Fiona Bush

Fiona has worked as a heritage consultant in Western Australia for over twenty-five years and is passionate about our history and conserving it, despite the fact that she didn’t arrive in WA until 1984! She joined the National Trust’s building classification committee in 1985 where she learnt lots about the state’s history. In recognition of long term service she was made a Life Member of the Trust in 2006. She has served on the Heritage Council’s Register Committee since 2005. Fiona joined the Mundaring & Hills Historical Society in 2000 whilst working on a number of heritage assessments in the Shire of Mundaring and has served as President for ten years, Treasurer for 3 and is now back as President..  She attended her first State History Conference in 2005 and joined the Affiliated Committee in 2005 and assisted Mundaring & Hills to host the 2007 State History Conference. She served as Convenor of the Affiliated committee from 2007 - 2017. She was elected to the RWAHS Council in 2010. In 2017 she was awarded an OAM for services to heritage conservation and community history.


Nick Drew (Convenor - RWAHS Council Representative)

Nick is a RWAHS Councillor and Assistant Treasurer, Co-Convenor of the Book Sale Team, Tours & Events committee, he is also Wine Purchasing Officer for the Society and volunteers in other areas.

In addition to the above he is Treasurer of the Friends of Battye Library, Honorary Treasurer for the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and Treasurer of the WA History Foundation.


Marilyn Gazeley

Marilyn is a descendant of settlers who arrived at the Swan River Colony aboard the “Calista” in 1829. She has always had a sense of history and this was fostered by her parents and grandparents. Paternal grandfather, Harry Wilson, was Foundation Secretary of the Swan-Guildford Historical Society.

Involvement with community groups is nothing new. It started early with attending CWA meetings with her mother before being old enough to attend school. This was followed with membership of Girl’s Brigade, Christian Endeavour, Rotaract, Lionesses, Shark Bay Arts Council, Cervantes Women’s Forum and Cervantes Historical Society. While a member of Rotaract she received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, was a member of a cultural exchange group trip to Japan and was given Life Membership of Swan Districts Rotaract Club. Lioness membership was held both in Broome and Townsville.

Marilyn joined the Cervantes Historical Society a few years ago and served a couple of terms as Secretary before being elected President two years ago.    


Ashleigh Murch

Ashleigh spent his working life as a hum cytogeneticist both in diagnostics and teaching in later years he worked in senior pathology management as well. Retirement has meant he has been able to spend more time pursuing a lifelong interest in history, particularly social history. He is currently Chairperson of the Denmark Historical Society and writes occasional articles on South Coast history for local newspapers

Lynn O’Hara  

A long time member of the City of South Perth Historical Society’s active Management Committee, Lynn has been President since 2010. Making local history and heritage appealing and inclusive to the young is one factor that drives Lynn in her heritage work. The City of South Perth Historical Society’s annual Phillip Pendal ‘Young Heritage’ Award is an initiative of which she is particularly proud.

Curating ongoing exhibitions at the Gallery and Cultural Centre, Heritage House, South Perth featuring both local historical stories and original artworks from the City of South Perth’s May and Herbert Gibbs art collection is a fulfilling task.

Lynn also holds positions on other community and local government committees and reference groups.


Gillian O’Mara

Gillian has been a member of the Committee since the late 1990’s and has served as Minute Taker for most of that time. She is also a member of the Wanneroo & Districts Historical Society and the Police Historical Society.  She joined the WA Genealogical Society in 1984 and the Convict Group of which she was Convenor for several years and also the Pensioner Guard Group of which she is currently Editor of their newsletter.  She works part time as an Archivist at a Catholic College and is an associate member of the Australian Society of Archivists and is the School Archives Group Newsletter Editor having previously been their treasurer for many years.  The author of several books, journal articles etc on historical matters and has spoken at 2 Affiliated Conferences in the past.  Previously she was a Historical and Heritage Researcher and has verified the records for the Foundation Day Ceremony at Fremantle Prison since its inception.


Ellen Parrick

Ellen has always had an interest in her family’s history, which was fostered by her Mother and Aunt and their tales about growing up on a Group Settlement at Busselton. Marvelling at the story of one of her Great Grandmother’s being born under a wagon at a gold-diggings in Victoria. After moving to Brookton in late 2000 with her husband, Ellen followed her passion for wanting to know more about “Local History” and joined the Brookton & Districts Historical Society to meet new people and learn about the district where she had chosen to live. In her spare time Ellen supports her husband, Ross, in running their Agricultural Contracting business. In 2006 she was fortunate to undertake a Certificate of Museum Studies at Edith Cowan University, with the assistance of a Lotterywest grant. This course gave her the knowledge and skills to take on the roll as Honorary Curator at the Brookton Museum & Heritage Centre. Ellen held the position of President of the Brookton & Districts Historical Society for 12 years until stepping down in October 2017. Currently she is the Convenor of the Museums Galleries Australia W.A. Wheatlands Chapter as well as being a member of the RWAHS Affiliates Committee. At the Brookton 2014 Australia Day Awards Ceremony, Ellen received a Community Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the Community of Brookton.


Diane Pope

Diane has always been interested in history throughout school and university days. At Duke University in the U.S.A she obtained a masters degree with a thesis on an Oral History of  Black Midwives of North Carolina. After returning to Perth in 1989 she has managed a family property, the historic Enderslea Farm  in Chittering Valley. The farm was established by Henry and Sarah Morley in 1853. Here she commissions and produces plays performed each year at the historic stone barn built by ticket-of-leave men. She is a current member of the Bindoon Historical Society, the W.A Medical Museum and the South Perth Historical Society. 


Malcolm Traill

Malcolm has been a professional historian, a Local History Librarian and a Museum Programs Officer, specialising in South Coastal and great Southern History. He also teaches history at University of WA, Albany Campus.

Sixteen years as Local Studies Librarian at the City of Albany, a short period as Battye Librarian at the State Library of WA and ten years as Programs Officer at the Museum of the Great Southern in Albany gives him a range of experiences in local and regional history over several decades. He also runs his own consultancy business. The History Traill!

Malcolm is also active in the cultural and community life of the South Coast, being founder and Chair of Creative Albany, a member of several historical and heritage associations, and a finalist in the State Heritage Awards Professional Contribution section in 2016.