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 2018/2019

Nick Drew - Convenor (RWAHS- Council Rep)

Fiona Bush (Mundaring & Hills)

Jenny Edgecombe (Toodyay)

Marilyn Gazeley (Cervantes)

Gillian O’Mara (Wanneroo & Districts)

Ellen Parrick (Brookton)

Diane Pope (Bindoon)

Lyn O'Hara (South Perth)

Susan Hall (LSL - Armadale)

Marie - Louise McDermot (Maylands)

Lennie McCall (ex-officio)


Affiliate Committee (2018/2019)

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 a member of the Tours & Events and Book Sale Team Committees; He is also Wine Purchasing Officer for the Society and assists in other areas.

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

Since 2009 Nick has been on the Executive Team of the restoration of Gwambygine Homestead (1836) near York.


Jenny Edgecombe

Jenny taught Ancient History in NSW for many years, then studied Archives and Records Management before moving to Western Australia, where she gained wide experience as a contract archivist. She represented archival interests on numerous local committees and on the Western Australian and national Councils of the Australian Society of Archivists. She also served on the State Records Advisory Committee for 13 years.

Jenny spent a number of years as Records Manager and later as University Archivist at the University of Western Australia, before retiring to an even more active life in Toodyay, where she indulges musical interests in between duties as voluntary Archivist for the Toodyay Historical Society: managing the collection, assisting researchers, writing publications small and large, and helping to present the Society’s lively programme of displays, excursions and talks.


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.    


Susan Hall

Susan has been a member of the RWAHS for 3 years. She has worked in schools, public and private libraries, museums and now in the City of Armadale’s Birtwistle Local Studies Library as the Historian/Local Studies Librarian. Enthusiasm for the job comes from the many willing volunteers and visitors who gladly share their piece of the City of Armadale’s history and enjoy making sure that it is preserved for future generations.

Impetus to become actively involved with WA’s heritage and history came from working with the archives of the late Professor Lesley Marchant who had spent much of his life researching and documenting the State’s history, particularly in relation to the French explorers.

Prior to accepting the position with the City of Armadale, Susan worked for Museums Australia WA assisting with membership matters and with the planning of the state conference in Albany. Soon after joining the Oral History Association of Australia (WA Branch) she became a committee member and was involved with organising guest speakers and the planning of state conferences in Broome and Fremantle.


Lennie McCall AM

Lennie is the Chairperson of Council and a Vice President of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc.  Elected Chairperson of Council in 2016-17 and has held this position annually since 1999.  In the position of Chairperson of Council, Lennie is an ex-officio member of the Affiliated Societies Committee.


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.