The UWA Historical Society

UWA Historical Society

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UWAHS donations form

All donations are tax deductible.

Donations Form [PDF, 160.4 KB]
Updated 1 May 2019

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UWAHS membership form

New and renewing members are always welcome.

Membership Form [PDF, 85.8 KB]
Updated 11 Nov 2019

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.

We are currently updating our web site, so please email [email protected] to find out more about this year's activities and events.

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. The program represents a re-activation of a 1980s initiative 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, State Library of WA, and National Library of Australia.

And there is more to be done. We have three oral histories commissioned for 2019 and welcome the opportunity to expand this year's program further.

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 a 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 2020

  • Fran Pesich (President)
  • Mihaela Safta (Vice-President)
  • Ron Bodycoat (Executive)
  • William Chi
  • Craig Hurley
  • Margo Warburton
  • James Stevens
  • Brett Davies (Deputy Warden of Convocation – ex officio)
  • Maria Carvalho (University Archivist – ex officio)
  • Warren Kerr (Advisor)

Membership of the UWA Historical Society costs just $30 (incl GST) per year and the majority of events are free to attend.

If you would like to know more about the UWA Historical Society and meet members of the 2020 Management Committee contact us. We welcome new members and especially those interested in taking an active role in the Society.

If you have an interest in the history of the University of Western Australia, please contact us so that we can share this interest and help build and retain an important historical record.

Email Dr Fran Pesich or telephone 0417 178 275 for further information.