The Society

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) (RWAHS) was formed in 1926.  Since then it has grown from a small group of people to a Statewide community organisation of over 700 members and organisations, including a network of over 70 Affiliated Societies interested in preserving the history of Western Australia.  Underlying all the Society's activities is the recognition that History is a vital part of the State's culture for the reasons set out in The Value of History document

The Society houses a Museum with a significant costume and art collection, an extensive reference Library, Personal Papers, Photograph Archive and a boutique bookshop of Western Australian history publications.  It encourages the understanding of history through its exhibitions, publications, research readings and community talks. The Society has always been actively involved in advocacy for history and heritage across the State and in public campaigns.  It is a member of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

The Society values the cultural diversity that exists in Western Australia's past and present and is mindful of the need take it into account in all its activities.

A brief history of the Society is available here


We acknowledge the Wudjak people of the Derbarl Yerrigan, the traditional owners of the land which the Society occupies.

The Society also acknowledges the contribution of Western Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to the past and future history of this state we share..


The Society's constitution is available to download from here.

Front view of the RWAHS building
Stirling house, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009