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 (2017-2018)

Hon. Robert Nicholson AO KCSJ FAAL BA LLB MA LLM HonLLD

Immediate Past President
Mrs Sally Anne Hasluck OAM

Vice-President and Chairperson of Council

Dr Steve Errington PhD MRSC FRACIJP

Vice-Chairperson of Council
Mrs Lorraine Clarke

Mr Alan Abraham

Assistant Treasurer
Mr Nick Drew


Dr Fiona Bush MBEnv PhD AICOMOS
Ms Lorraine Clarke
Mr Nick Drew
Professor Neil Foley MSc GradDipInfMan

Dr Helen Henderson AM
Jack Honniball MA FRWAHS
Mrs Val Hutch
Dr Lenore Layman PhD
W (Bill) Marwick (Affiliated Societies Committee Representative)
Ms Jill Maughan MA AALIA
Dr Kerry Smith AM MA PhD FALIA
Dr Pamela Statham Drew PhD FRWAHS
Lorraine Tholet BE and President of the RWAHS Auxiliary

Honorary Office Bearers

Hon. Architect
Ms Alice Steedman BArch

Hon. Auditor

Michael Bartley Flinders Finanacial

Hon. Solicitor
Mr Denis McLeod BA LLB

Officers of RWAHS

Community Officer
Mrs Lesley Burnett

Accounts Officer
Glenis Giblett 

Bookshop Officer
Mrs Glenda Bye

Editor  - History West
Dr Lenore Layman

Editors - Early Days
Dr Pamela Statham Drew

Mr Ian Berryman

Mrs Jennie Carter

Recent Past Presidents 

  • Ms Sally Anne Hasluck OAM
  • Dr Lenore Layman PhD
  • Hon. Robert Nicholson AO KCSJ FAAL BA LLB MA LLM HonLLD
  • 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