Historical Commemorations

The Society believes it is important to remember the contributions  individuals, families, community groups and official agencies have made to the shaping of Western Australian economic and social life before and after-European settlement.    Accordingly, the Society periodically commemorates iconic individuals and events to remember the important role they have played in the history of Western Australia.  These commemorations may be undertaken by the Society acting alone or in partnership with other like-minded organisations. Examples include:

  • The Historical Commemorations' Memorial Service, East Perth Cemeteries, inaugurated in 1953. Each year this commemorates a different individual or group buried in the cemetery.
  • ‘Remembering Them: A Centenary of Service’ was a statewide, Lotterywest funded series of exhibitions (32 in all) produced by regional museums and historical societies between 2014 and 2018 on the impact of World War 1 on their communities. The Society in conjunction with the Western Australian Museum and Museums Australia (WA) supported the development of these exhibitions.
  • ‘Western Land – a Journey of Discovery and Rediscovery’ exhibition commemorating in 2016 the landing on 15 October 1616 of Eendracht's crew on Dirk Hartog Island.


Historical Commemorations  Pioneers Memorial Service, East Perth Cemeteries Chapel,  2015
Historical Commemorations  Memorial Service, East Perth Cemeteries Church,  2015


Commemoration launch of the Remembering Them project
Commemoration launch of the Remembering Them project