The UWA Historical Society

Historical Society annual general meeting 2013

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UWAHS AGM 2013 with guest presentation: “Seeking Wisdom”

Members are invited to the AGM of the UWA Historical Society to be held in UWA's Old Senate Room on our 6th birthday, opening at 2 pm for a 2.30 pm start on Sunday 20 October 2013, with cake and afternoon tea.

Society Membership

All new and returning members are invited. The AGM is also an opportunity to update your membership details and check your financial status.

Irwin Street Building, Crawley
Sunday 20 October 2013
2.30 pm
Old Senate Room, UWA Crawley Campus
Please RSVP via email or phone to record your attendance or apologies.

Committee Nominations

Members are encouraged to nominate for positions on the Committee. A copy of the Constitution is available on request to the President. If you are interested in joining the UWA Historical Society committee, contact Dr Fran Pesich by email to [email protected] or by phoning 0417 178 275 for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 4 x Ordinary Committee Members


  1. Welcome by the President
  2. President’s Report
  3. Financial Report
  4. The current President stands down but continues to Chair the Meeting
  5. Election of the Committee for 2013/2014:
    • President
    • Committee of 7 Members
      Note: The Constitution requires the Committee to appoint a Vice-President, Executive Officer (Secretary) and Treasurer after the AGM.
  6. Other Business
  7. Presentation by Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory titled “Seeking Wisdom”
  8. Close of Meeting

Guest presentation: “Seeking Wisdom”

UWA Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory will talk about how UWA’s history has been documented over the years, and of the approach taken in her recent publication.

Back in 1963, Fred Alexander, one of the so-called ‘god professors’ of the day, produced his 875-page Campus at Crawley to celebrate UWA’s first fifty years. At the time there were just over 4,000 students and under 500 academic staff. How to follow that magnum opus another fifty years on, with all that had happened and so many more students and staff?

When Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory accepted the challenge of developing a centenary history of the University, she decided on an approach very different from Fred Alexander’s. Her aim was to reflect both the complexity of the institution and its place in the community in a lavishly illustrated book of manageable size.

About Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory

Jenny Gregory AM FRHS is Winthrop Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. She has published widely on aspects of urban history, town planning and heritage. She edited the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, 2009, and her most recent monograph is City of Light: A history of Perth since the 1950s, 2003. She is head of the School of Humanities (2009–) and acting head of the School of Music (2009–2011), was inaugural President of the History Council of Australia (WA) (2001–2006) and President and Chair of the National Trust of Australia (WA) (1998–2010). She is currently deputy chair of the National Trust.