Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

THE Royal WA His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (RWAHS) will launch its Community His­tory Cen­tre Project to raise money for a new build­ing to ex­hibit and store the pieces of WA his­tory it has col­lected over the past 90 years.

Formed in 1926 by found­ing mem­bers in­clud­ing Sir Paul Hasluck, Sir James Mitchell and Edith Cowan, the so­ci­ety bought its base at 49 Broad­way, Ned­lands in 1964.

Some dolls, like those pic­tured, are more than 90 years old and while some are on dis­play, oth­ers have to be stored be­cause of a lack of space.

There is also not enough ex­hi­bi­tion space and the So­ci­ety’s 770 mem­bers want to in­tro­duce tech­nol­ogy into its dis­plays.

RWAHS coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent Len­nie McCall said they had been plan­ning the fundrais­ing cam- paign for the past four years.

“We’ve been in this build­ing since the 1960s and we own it, so we’re on a valu­able block, but there’s in­suf­fi­cient space for us to host ex­hibits and dis­play and re­search WA his­tory,” Ms McCall said.

“Many ob­jects peo­ple have do­nated to us, we can’t dis­play.”

The so­ci­ety has en­gaged ar­chi­tects and a plan­ner and en­gi­neer pro bono to de­sign and com­plete a fea­si­bil­ity study on a new build­ing.

The City of Ned­lands cur­rent Town Plan­ning Scheme No. 2 al­lows for three storeys on the site, but a pro­posed TPS3, which is out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, could al­low a few more storeys.

The RWAHS re­cently re­ceived a Lot­tery­west grant of $170,000 to fund a new web­site that would make the col­lec­tions avail­able to view on­line and it has State Govern­ment fund­ing for 1.6 staff un­til De­cem­ber.

There will be a Christ­mas in July Lunch to raise money for the Community His­tory Cen­tre Project on Fri­day, July 1 at Ren­dezvous Ho­tel, Scar­bor­ough. Tick­ets for the three-course lunch are $70. Call Di Watts on 0418 904 557 or Jan Pet­torino on 9446 7296.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d453350

Mu­seum con­venor Val Hutch and so­ci­ety vice-pres­i­dent Len­nie McCall with some dolls made in the 1920s.

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