The UWA Historical Society

UWA Historical Society events

The McGillivray Pipe Organ at Winthrop Hall, UWA

The UWA Historical Society is proud to provide events for members, friends and the general public.

Date Upcoming Events Venue Time
Wednesday 9th December 2020 UWAHS Annual General Meeting
Welcoming all Members, past present and future to this year's AGM. This year's presentation will be Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr, followed by short presentations providing you with an update on the year's many successful projects. This will be followed by the formal AGM including election of President/Chair and the UWAHS Committee for 2021. Please note the change of venue to G28 in the Social Sciences Building directly opposite on James oval. G28 faces on to the Oak Lawn.

Registration is essential. Please contact Fran: [email protected]
G28 Lecture Room, Social Sciences Building, UWA Crawley Campus 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Recent Events

Date Event Venue Time
Wednesday 11th November 2020 Remembrance Day Event
Join representatives of the University, Guild, Convocation and WA University Regiment on the Crawley Campus to remember those who served in times of conflict.

Registration is essential. Please contact Fran: [email protected]
Whitfeld Court, UWA Crawley Campus 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday 18th February 2020 Members & Friends Meeting: Two Reviews of The University of Western Australia, 1939-1942
On June 5, 1940 a brief report on the activities of the University of Western Australia was presented to the University by Sir Robert Strachan Wallace, the Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University. The contents of this review of the University led to a full Royal Commission into the University by the West Australian Government, the man who was chosen to head this inquiry was The Honourable Albert Asher Wolff, a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Join us for a lecture by E/Prof John Melville-Jones which will explore these two significant reviews of the University and the issues which they raised.
Irwin St Building, UWA Crawley Campus 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday 10th December 2019 UWAHS Members and Friends Meeting
Join us for a short presentation by Professor Alexandra Ludewig, in which she will explore recently uncovered links between UWA and the Internment Camp on Rottnest Island during World War One.

Registration by email: [email protected]
Or phone/SMS Fran on: 0417 178 275
Convocation Council Room,
Irwin Street Building,
UWA Crawley Campus
5:30 to 7:30pm
Tuesday 3rd December 2019 UWA Historical Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019
Join UWAHS members for our AGM with the election of our new committee. This year's speaker will be Maria Carvalho, UWA Archivist, who will talk about the history of UWA Archives.

AGM Agenda 2019 [PDF, 81.2 KB]
Updated 11 Nov 2019

Convocation Council Room,
Irwin Street Building,
UWA Crawley Campus
Monday 11th November 2019 RWAHS Photographic Exhibition
Visit the RWAHS building for an exhibition hosted by the Royal WA Historical Society
49 Broadway St, Nedlands 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday 11th November 2019 UWAHS Campus Walk
Following the exhibition will be a guided campus walk from the RWAHS building on Broadway to Whitfield Court
49 Broadway St, Nedlands 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday 11th November 2019 Commemoration Service
Join us in commemorating all Western Australians past and present who have served their country at home and abroad.

Register online at: Remembrance Day Registration.
Whitfeld Court, UWA Crawley Campus 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Tuesday 15th October 2019 Celebration of 50 Years of the Octagon Theatre
A personal experience of the unique aspects of presenting on the Octagon's stage. Our presenters took you through the history of the theatre and its 50 years in our community.

Our presenters included Dr Joan Pope (also the evening's MC), Dr William (Bill) Dunstone and Rob Lines, followed by drinks and reminiscences through to 7:30pm.

Register online at: Celebration of 50 Years of the Octagon Theatre Registration.
Octagon Theatre, UWA Crawley Campus 5:00 pm
Sunday 4th August 2019 Open Day 2019
Come join us for Open Day 2019 for a chat about the history of the university and what we do. Membership forms will be available, membership is $30 inc GST, cash preferred. A number of books about the university's history will also be available for purchase and order.
Guild Village, UWA Crawley Campus 9:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday 16 July 2019 Italian Studies at UWA, 1929-2019
Learn how UWA became the first university in Australia to appoint a Lecturer in Italian in 1929, followed soon after by the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, and why Francesco Vanzetti only retired, aged 85, in 1963.
Convocation Council Room,  Irwin Street Building , UWA Crawley Campus 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday 18 May 2019  Campus Walk: Art and Architecture
Join Conservation and Heritage Architect Ron Bodycoat for this popular tour of significant buildings and spaces on the Crawley Campus. This Campus Walk covers some of the most notable building embellishments and freestanding artworks inherent in and around the architectural design of buildings on the campus.
Near western entrance, Winthrop Hall, UWA Crawley Campus  2:00pm to 
Saturday 25 May 2019 Campus Walk: Crawley Campus - the early years
The time period covered starts from when the University moved from its existing location in Irwin Street, Perth, to its new Crawley Campus. This one hour tour takes you around these early UWA Crawley campus buildings and provides insight into how the campus developed from the early 1900s through to the 1970s.
Main Entrance, Winthrop Hall, UWA Crawley Campus   2:00pm to