The UWA Historical Society

UWA Historical Society

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New and renewing members are always welcome.

Performance of Oedipus Rex, Sunken Gardens, UWA in 1948

Oedipus Rex production – Sunken Garden 1948 (6050P courtesy of UWA Archives)

You are invited to celebrate our University history

  • Do you have an interest in the history of UWA?
  • Do you love wandering through the grounds or watching Festival films under the stars?
  • Were you a student at UWA?
  • Did you teach or work on campus?

If you can answer yes to any of the above you are invited to join in the activities of the UWA Historical Society. Your support is always welcome, so download our donation form or membership form today (see sidebar).

Projects currently underway include commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day. UWA was the only University in WA at the time of the Great War 1914-18. Possible commemorative activities include establishing a pavement memorial, finding relatives of those who served, a musical event, updating and relocating the Honour Board and a Photographic Exhibition.

Other projects include the recommencement of Campus Walks, continuation of the Oral History Program and identifying historical artefacts which illustrate the UWA history.

If you have an interest in the UWA Historical Society or would like to assist with one of its projects, contact Fran Pesich on 0417 178 275 or email

Oral History Portal – An ongoing collection

The UWA Historical Society’s Oral History collection started as a project with four oral histories funded from Society resources, and is has been expanded into an ongoing program. Support has been received from every Faculty on campus, the Guild, Convocation and through private donations (including through UWATCH). This initiative represents a re-activation of a 1980s program which, having been inactive for 20 years, is making up for two decades of lost opportunities to record the stories of UWA people during an era of great change. Our online portal now contains over 200 voices from UWA’s first century, hosted online by the UWA Faculty of Arts, State Library of WA, and National Library of Australia.

Becoming a member

The benefits of membership are

  • associating with those who have an interest in the history of the University
  • sharing information and memories of staff and student life on campus
  • engaging in research and archival projects in association with the Centre for WA History and UWA archives
  • participating in academic and social events of an historical nature
If you are interested in becoming an active member of the UWA Historical Society, email our President Dr Fran Pesich or telephone 0417 178 275 for further information.

Our objectives

  • encourage appreciation of University history amongst staff, students, graduates and the community
  • create a fellowship of persons interested in the history of the campus
  • promote University projects of an historical nature
  • contribute to the development of the University's historical record
  • collect and catalogue historical University artefacts
  • encourage historical displays of University material
  • improve access to University historical resources

UWAHS committee members 2018

  • Dr Fran Pesich (President)
  • William Chi (Vice-President)
  • Craig Hurley (Executive Officer)
  • Ron Bodycoat (Treasurer pro tem)
  • A/Prof Abu Siddique
  • Roy Stall
  • Adj/Prof Warren Kerr
  • Dr Yitseng Yow
  • Dr Joan Pope (Convocation Representative)
  • Dr Doug McGhie (Warden of Convocation – ex officio)
  • Maria Carvalho (University Archivist – ex officio)
  • James Devenish (Webmaster – ex officio)

If you’re interested in becoming an active member of the UWA Historical Society, email Dr Fran Pesich or telephone 0417 178 275 for further information.