Are you interested in changes in WA education?

Changes new to Year 11 and 12 WACE

The School Curriculum & Standards Authority has provided new WACE (sometimes still colloquially referred to as TEE) syllabuses that will be taught in 2015 and examined for the first time in 2016. The Syllabuses for 2015-2016 will replace all current WACE syllabuses. New graduation requirements exist and the new WACE sets literacy and numeracy standards as part of graduation. For more information visit:

The year 11 and 12 syllabuses will support the implementation of the Australia Curriculum, where it has been developed, into year 11 and 12.

The history courses are part of the Humanities and Social Sciences Learning Area. For more information see:

Depending on school offerings students can study modern and/or ancient history. Both modern and ancient history offer an ATAR course and a general course. Each course has two year 11 units and two year 12 units.


A new era of collecting and preserving Western Australia’s history is upon us with the introduction of the Legal Deposit Regulations 2013 which came into force on 1st January 2014.

Legal Deposit is a statutory provision (under the Legal Deposit Act 2012 and the Legal Deposit Regulations 2013) that obliges publishers to provide copies of their publications to libraries in the State in which they are published.

These publishers included government agencies, commercial organisations, self-publishers, community groups and private individuals.

Public documents that should be deposited include printed material such as books, magazine, maps, pamphlets, sheet music as well as recordings, films and electronic data made available in a physical form such as a CD, DVD, USB or other storage device.

Internet and other online publications are not yet covered by the new regulations. However, the State Library may collect these publications, so please contact the State Library at if you publish online.

If you live or work in Western Australia and publish content you can help the State Library of Western Australia preserve our State’s heritage by depositing copies of your published material within 30 days of publication.

For more information go to:

HISTORY IN THE PARK – Saturday 5 April 2014

The History Council of Western Australia and Nedlands Library and Local Studies Centre are delighted to present local author Deborah Burrows talking about historical evidence in novel writing

DATE:       Saturday 5 April 2014

TIME:         11.45am for 12 noon

VENUE:     John Leckie Pavilion, Cnr Melvista Ave and Loton Rd, Nedlands

COST:       Gold coin donation welcomed


Deborah Burrows is a lawyer, writer and historian and Nedlands resident. In her legal work she specialises in the area of medical law. She has several degrees in history – modern and medieval, including a post-graduate degree in Medical History from the University of Oxford.

Her first novel, A Stranger in my Street was published in June 2012. Deborah’s second novel, Taking a Chance, was published in May 2013.

Both novels are set during the Second World War and are located around the Swan River in Perth.

Bring along your books for signing by the author. A small amount of books will also be available for purchase at the discounted price of $25 (correct cash and cheques only please).

RSVP’s essential

(1) Julia Wallis, Executive Officer, History Council of Western Australia; Mob 0421 477 034 E:  or

(2) Amy Price, Local Studies Librarian, Nedlands Library & Local Studies Centre; T 9273 3500; E:


It is with regret that the History Council of WA notes the passing of Gaye Nayton. Gaye was an active and enthusiastic proponent for heritage and history in Western Australia, who was happy to share her knowledge and archaeological expertise. She will be greatly missed.

Gaye spoke at our November 2011 Forum “More than grass: exploring the Esplanade” on the topic Foreshore treasure: The potential archaeology of the buried Port of Perth. Foreshore treasure Port of Perth

Our latest newsletter sent out this week advertised her appeal for donations for her Archaeological Fun Box project. Donations can still be made to

The Australian Archaeological Association has posted a tribute to Gae on their website

Gae’s funeral will be held next Wednesday 18 December 2013 at East Chapel, Pinnaroo Cemetery at 1.30pm.


18 April to 18 May 2014
Register your event

In canoes and caravans, on surfboards and in ships, by stars and satellites, we have journeyed across and to this wide brown land

The National Trust of Australia (WA) invites your organisation to register events in the Western Australian Heritage Festival which will run from 18 April – 18 May 2014 and celebrates Australia’s historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage.

The Festival   The Festival offers an opportunity to educate the public about your organisation’s goals and projects. It assists people to learn about and appreciate Australia’s heritage and provides a chance for you to take advantage of the promotional opportunities and attract interest and visitors.

In 2013 (its second year), Western Australian Heritage Festival attracted over 140 events and almost 48,000 event goers around the state, and is part of a national festival that involves over 1,500 events and 350,000 visitors.

Events   Our exciting Journeys theme isn’t mandatory but might inspire you to consider focusing on a particular story, collection or anniversary.

If you are already planning an event, perhaps you might think of tweeking it to match the Festival dates and Journeys theme.

Events are welcome from the smallest community organisation through to the largest company or institution. So whether your event celebrates WA’s bushland, migrant or Aboriginal culture or retro heritage skills, why not visit the website ( for some inspiration? Can’t swing it on your own? Think about co-hosting an event with another organisation to share the load and/or enhance the experience.

Promotion and Communications   At a national level the National Trusts around Australia are coordinating each State’s festival and have produced a range of marketing materials and strategies to brand the festivals and implement a cohesive promotional campaign, which will be enhanced at the Western Australian level. Visit for more details.

Registering an Event   If you’re interested in hosting an event, the website will guide you to our online registration form and offer useful documents about how to promote and coordinate your event more effectively.

Registration is free. Register online at by Friday 6 December 2014.

Contact Julie Hutchens on 9321 6088 or via if you have any queries.



1956 Revolution on the Beaches with Ed Jaggard

6pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday 18 September 2013

The Clubrooms at Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club

282 Marine Parade, Swanbourne, WA 6010

Gold Coin donation appreciated

[drinks will be available for purchase at the club bar]

In 1956 when the Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia invited teams of American and Hawaiian lifeguards to visit Australia to compete in an international surf lifesaving carnival several team members brought short Malibu surf boards with them.

When they demonstrated the manoeuvrability of these short boards a revolution on Australian beaches soon occurred.

Surf Clubs found their control of the beaches challenged, membership stagnated for a decade, our beaches became places of conflict rather than harmony, and mass bodysurfing rapidly declined.

How and why did the revolution occur?

13.09.18 Revolution on the Beaches Flyer

Ed Jaggard formerly lectured in history at Edith Cowan University and currently holds the position of Honorary Professor. His particular interests are the history of Australian beach culture in the twentieth century, and nineteenth century British electoral politics.

He edited and contributed to Between the Flags (2006), a centenary history of the Australian surf lifesaving movement, and has recently completed a commissioned biography of Reginald Pole Carew (1753-1835), a wealthy British landowner, traveller and politician.


Consultation regarding draft Legal Deposit Regulations 2013

The Legal Deposit Act was passed in May 2012, ensuring that Western Australia once again has this important provision to ensure the ongoing preservation of the State’s cultural heritage. While the Act has been passed, most of the Act’s provisions do not come into force until the relevant regulations are developed and approved.

Draft regulations which prescribe the operation of Part 2 of the Act – Deposit of public documents with the State Librarian – have now been developed. “Public documents” includes printed material such as books, magazines, maps, pamphlets, and sheet music, but also music recordings, films, and electronic data published in a physical form such as a CD, DVD or other storage device.

The deposit of electronic online publications (“WA Internet Documents” in the Act) is not addressed in these regulations, and will be the subject of a separate consultation process at a later date.

The State Library is currently seeking feedback on the draft regulations before they go through the final regulatory process. They should be read in conjunction with the purpose and provisions of the Act, particularly the Act’s stated purpose to “facilitate the preservation of the State’s published documentary heritage”, the issues outlined in the Discussion Paper used to develop the regulations, and the Report on the Consultation.  The draft regulations, as well as additional information regarding the Legal Deposit Act and the consultation process, are available on the State Library’s website at

We ask that any feedback is provided by Friday 16 August 2013.

Adrian Bowen, Policy & Research Officer

T  (08) 9427 3341,  E


The Foundation is conducting a grants round this year on the following dates:

Advertisement and opening of round – 1 August
Closing date for applications – 31 August
Announcement of grant recipients – on or before 1 October

A small number of grants will be made, to a maximum of $10,000 in any one grant.

A project must fall within the Foundation’s Objects to be eligible to apply for a grant.


•    to encourage interest in and knowledge of Western Australian history;

•    to promote the teaching of Western Australian history at all levels of education;

•    to promote research into Western Australian history, particularly from within the State’s tertiary education institutions;

•    to assist with the production, publication and distribution of teaching materials based on research and linked to curricula for use at all levels of education;

•    to raise, manage and distribute funds for the furtherance of these objectives.

For more information, see the Foundation’s website:

The Secretary is available to answer further questions by email.

Lenore Layman [Dr], Secretary, WA History Foundation Inc. or