Fremantle History Society

The Fremantle History Society was established 12 October 1994, with [[../people/davidsondianne.html|Dianne Davidson]] (d. 13 October 2021) as president (1994-7), and has a website, a Facebook page, and these aims. The current president is Judith Robison. Here are committees present and past. The 2023 AGM was held 25 July at [[../churches/stjohns.html|St John's Church]]. Election results are on the committees page.

First & latest. Prof. Bob Reece, who was in the chair for the 1994 first meeting of the Society, with Judith Robison, current president.

Fremantle Studies is the FHS journal, published every two years or so. I've written a simple subject index.

Fremantle Studies Day is held annually by the History Society. The event produces papers that are published in the journal.

Newsletters are published four times a year, and are almost all available here. There is an incomplete index (1994-2004).

Alan Kelsall]] at a History Council of WA event 25 October 2022 at which the Society received an award for its "significant contribution to the understanding or impact of, or advocacy for, local history in Western Australia". Looks like Professor Lenore Layman on the left.

The aims of the Fremantle History Society are to: 'encourage community involvement in the study of Fremantle history and cultural diversity through research, oral history and writing; disseminate information about Fremantle in a variety of ways, in particular through public forums and liaison with other history and heritage groups and schools in the area; promote the identification and preservation of historical evidence relating to Fremantle; encourage the commemoration of important events, places and people in appropriate ways; (and) arrange social gatherings for its members'. Founded December 1994. The Society works in conjunction with the Fremantle City Council's Fremantle History Centre and the Fremantle Social History Museum, both of which have representation on the Society's committee.[1]


Quarterly newsletter (Editors - Anne Brake, Ron and Dianne Davidson); Fremantle Studies (biennial publication) edited by Anne Brake, Kris Bizzack and Dianne Davidson.


Monthly meeting on the 4th Tuesday (or Sunday) of the month; Fremantle Studies Day held in September or October annually.

Contact Details


Bernadette Flynn published an article about the Society in the October number of the Newsletter of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

Reece, Bob 2017, 'The Fremantle History Society, 1994-2014', Fremantle Studies, 9: 79-87.


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