The Society

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) (RWAHS) was formed in 1926.  In 90 years it has grown from a small group of people to a Statewide community organisation of over 800 members and organisations, including a network of 78 Affiliated Societies interested in preserving the history of Western Australia and to one with a royal charter.  It houses a fascinating Museum with a significant costume and art collection, an extensive reference Library, Photograph Archive and a boutique bookshop of Western Australian history publications.  The Society has always been actively involved in advocacy for history and heritage across the State and in public campaigns.  Over the last decade or so its influence in that regard has grown.  It is a member of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies (Inc.)


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


Present and future generations will have access to the history of Western Australia.


The Society’s mission is to:

  • foster interest in and  enjoyment of Western Australian history, and encourage and promote research, writing and publication about all aspects of Western Australian history;
  • recognise outstanding achievement in Western Australian historical research, education and publication;
  • be recognised as a leader in the promotion of the history of Western Australia;
  • cooperate with all others in the field in the study and promotion of the history of Western Australia;
  • be a recognised resource for Western Australian history to complement State collections;
  • be recognised as an advocate in the conservation and promotion of the State’s cultural heritage; and
  • encourage and support local Affiliated Societies throughout the State.
Front view of the RWAHS building
Stirling house, 49 Broadway, Nedlands, WA, 6009