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 2022/23

Nick Drew - Convenor (RWAHS- Council Rep)

Fiona Bush - Minute Secretary (Mundaring & Hills)

Richard Offen - ex-officio (President RWAHS)

Mary Elgar (Bridgetown)

Marilyn Gazeley (Cervantes)

Jacqui Huntley (Wanneroo & Districts)

Bev McGuiness (Denmark)

Ashleigh Murch (Denmark)

Lyn O'Hara (South Perth)

Gillian O’Mara (Wanneroo & Districts)

Ellen Parrick (Mundaring & Hills)

Diane Pope (Bindoon)

Rosie Stroud (Eastern Goldfields)

Ian Wilson ( Manjimup)


Affiliate Committee 2022/23

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.  She currently serves as the RWAHS’ representative on the National Trust Council.

Nick Drew (Convenor - RWAHS Council Representative)

Nick is a RWAHS Councillor and Assistant Treasurer, Co-Convenor of the Book Sale Team, Tours & Events committee, 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.

Mary Elgar

My Australian life started in Cairns, FNQ, in 1970, where I was a student nurse, freshly migrated from the UK and totally unused to the weather, the sandflies, and the weird humour. I returned to the UK at the end of my nurses’ training and worked in the UK for five years in the turbulent, free-loving 70s. In 1979 I flew back to Australia and have been here ever since.

History is in my blood, but work in that field illuded me until 2012, when I completed my second degree focussing on oral histories. I am now a professional editor, mainly for historical non-fiction. As a member of Bridgetown Historical Society, and current chairperson, I have focussed on oral histories as a means of recording local stories. Our Historical Society also curates the Bridgetown Police Station Museum and we have recently turned it into a contemporary space, bringing heritage and history, including Indigenous history, to the people.

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.  

Bev McGuiness

Bev has been actively involved in the Denmark Historical Society since the mid 1990's and has written 15 books about the history of various aspects of Denmark's History. This also includes 2 family history ones. I was a teacher and am now retired. I have been the Chair of Denmark Historical Society on and off for the past 20 years.

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 two 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

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. 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 and remained as Honorary Curator until January 2020 when she resigned.  

Ellen held the position of Convenor of the Australian Museums & Galleries Association W.A., Wheatlands Chapter from 2013 to 2020 and is currently a member of the RWAHS Affiliates Committee. In January 2014 Ellen received a Community Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the Community of Brookton. Recently, Ellen joined the Mundaring & Hills Historical Society and is assisting with data entry and accessioning. Ellen is always available to assist members of the Affiliated Societies.  

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. Since 2013 she has commissioned and produced plays based on Historic Western Australian personalities. These are performed each year in the stone barn built by ticket-of-leave men on the farm. Covid has however interrupted the last two years performances. Diane hopes to recommence productions in 2023. She currently represents Chittering and Districts Historical Society and Museum on the Affiliates Committee and is also a member of The National Trust, the W.A Medical Museum and the Australian Garden History Society.

Rosie Stroud

Rosie has been the Executive Officer at the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society since November 2020. She joined the committee at the EGHS as the Photographic Coordinator in 2019 and as a volunteer in 2018 working on the photographic collection. She is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Goldfields history and the promotion of the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society.

Ian Wilson

Ian was an inaugural member of the Waroona Historical Research Group in the mid 1980’s. This group set itself three years to compile and publish the history of the Shire of Waroona – it took four. By the late 1980’s he had moved his wife and five sons to his birth place of Manjimup. He joined the Manjimup Historical Society and has filled a variety of positions over the last three decades. Currently in his second decade as President. After completing the ECU Museums Course in 2009, he has filled the role as the Honorary Curator for the Manjimup Heritage Park. He also holds positions on several other community and local government committees in Manjimup. Ian has a strong interest in history/heritage, especially of his birthplace, and a strong sense to empower others to jump on board and enjoy the experience. In recognition of his community efforts he received the WA Heritage Awards for Voluntary Individual Contribution in 2018, and the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award for the Shire of Manjimup on Australia Day 2009 and 2020. He first joined the Affiliated Societies Committee in 2012.