Management and funding


The Society is managed by an elected Council whose Chairman is elected annually. The President is elected annually for a maximum of three terms.

Council Nomination Form 2022 (not yet available)

Council (2021-2022)

President and Chair of Council
Mr Richard Offen 

Immediate Past President
Dr Steve Errington PhD MRSC FRACIJP 

Mrs Sally Anne Hasluck OAM

Vice-Chairperson of Council
Dr Fiona Bush MBEnv, PhD, AICOMOS, OAM

Dr Pamela Statham Drew PhD, FRWAHS

Ms Klara Hazelhurst BEc MPA

Assistant Treasurer
Mr Nick Drew

Dr Pamela Statham Drew PhD, FRWAHS


Dr Helen Henderson AM, FRWAHS
Dr Lenore Layman AM PhD, FRWAHS
Mrs Wendy Lugg (Honorary Artist in Resident)
Mr John Lukin
Mrs Jan McCahon Marshall (Minute Secretary)
Hon. Robert Nicholson AO KCSJ FAAL BA LLB MA LLM HonLLD
Mr Michael Nind
Mrs Ellen Parrick (Affiliated Societies’ Committee Representative
Mrs Rachel Roe, President of the RWAHS Auxiliary
Mr Phillip Vile AFAIM MPICS

Honorary Office Bearers

Hon. Architect
Maria Gillman
BOS Architects

Hon. Auditor
Roland Meagher

Hon. Solicitor
Mr Denis McLeod BA LLB

Officers of RWAHS

Community Officer
Mrs Lesley Burnett

Bookshop Officer

Editor - History West
Dr Lenore Layman

Editors - Early Days
Dr Pamela Statham Drew
Mrs Jennie Carter
Mr Patrick Cornish

Recent Past Presidents 

  • Dr Steve Errington PhD MRSC FRACIJP 
  • Hon. Robert Nicholson AO KCSJ FAAL BA LLB MA LLM HonLLD
  • Ms Sally Anne Hasluck OAM
  • Dr Lenore Layman PhD
  • Emeritus Professor Reginald Appleyard AM, MA, PhD, FASSA.
  • Rt. Hon. Reg Withers LL.B
  • Rt Hon. Sir William Heseltine GCB, GCVO, AC, QSO
  • Dr Geoffrey D R Lilburne MB, BS, FRACOG, FRCOG
  • Mr Clement Mulcahy MPhil, BA Hons, DipEd
  • Miss Margaret Medcalf OAM, BA, DipEd, FLAA, FFAHS, FRWAHS
  • Mr Ronald Bodycoat AM, LFRAIA
  • Professor Geoffrey C Bolton AO, MA, DPhil., PhD, FRHS, FASSA, FAHA, FRWAHS
  • The Hon. Sir Francis Burt AC, KCMG, QC


The work of the Society is funded from membership subscriptions, general fundraising, donations, bequests, sponsorship and special purpose grants. 

Donations to the Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc. Library and Museum Fund are tax-deductible.

An individual, company or organisation may also become a major sponsor or establish an endowment/trust/bequest fund to recognise family links to Western Australian history.


Fundraising second hand book sale in the grounds of the RWAHS headquarters
RWAHS fundraising secondhand book sale, 2014
Photo Wendy Lugg, 2014, Copyright RWAHS