The History Council is governed by a Committee of Management.  Committee members are elected from the History Council membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee comprises up to seventeen members; fifteen are elected by the corporate and individual membership and two are chosen by the Indigenous membership of the Council.

At the 2016/17 Annual General Meeting, the following members were appointed:


President: Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM taught and researched in the fields of history and heritage at The University of Western Australia for many years. She was Director of UWA’s Centre for WA History, Head of the School of Humanities (2009-15) and Chair of History (2007-08). Her research spans urban history, town planning and heritage, focusing in particular on people and their response to remnants of the past. Her publications include City of Light: a history of Perth since the fifties (2003) and histories of Claremont (with Geoff Bolton) and Scotch College, as well as the edited collections, Seeking Wisdom: a Centenary History of UWA (2013), and the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia (2009). She was inaugural President of the History Council of WA (2003–07), is a board member of Australia Day WA, former President and Chair of the National Trust of Australia (WA) (1998–2010), and a former Director of UWA Press.

Vice President: Bobbie Oliver is Associate Professor of History at Curtin University, where she teaches and researches Australian history and labour history.  Her publications include a history of the ALP in Western Australia (Unity is Strength, API Network, 2003), a co-edited history of the Midland Government Railway Workshops (The Workshops, UWA Press, 2006), a biography of Labor activist Jean Beadle (UWA Press, 2007) and Lest we Forget (Black Swan Press, 2014, co-edited with Sue Summers).  She is currently researching a history of the Independent Education Union of WA.  Bobbie is an Executive Member of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Perth Branch, and of the History Foundation of Western Australia.

Secretary: Helen Munt is President of the Professional Historians Association (WA). She has tertiary qualifications from UWA and WAAPA and has worked professionally in the heritage and interpretation sectors since 1994, in areas as diverse as development, conservation, heritage listings, policy development, management plans, grant assessment, interpretation and heritage-based tourism events and products. She also has strong abilities in communication and consultation, project management & delivery and has nurtured a vast network of professional and community contacts and associations from across the State, particularly through her work as regional heritage advisor. Helen has been involved in independent theatre since the 1990s and is an Artistic Director of Scooplight Theatre.

Treasurer: Nick Drew. Since leaving full time employment with Wesfarmers, Nick has served on various committees for the Royal Western Australian Historical Society being a Councilor, Tours & Events, Promotions & Marketing and the Affiliated Societies. Nick is also Treasurer of the Friends of Battye Library and the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

Membership Secretary: Jan McCahon Marshall has been a member of the History Council of Western Australia from the establishment of the Council.  She was Local Studies Librarian at the Town of Victoria Park and at the City of Perth, and most recently held the position of Cultural Heritage Team Leader, City of Perth History Centre, part of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Unit in the  Economic Development and Activation Directorate. The function of the History Centre is to collect, preserve and make available historical records relating to the City of Perth municipal boundaries from yesterday through to today.


Alison Atkinson-Phillips is a social and cultural historian. Her recently completed PhD thesis, titled, ‘Reasons to Remember: public memorials to lived experiences of loss in Australia, 1985-2015’, was supervised by Emeritus Prof Paula Hamilton through the Australian Centre for Public History (UTS). Alison is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and an affiliated researcher with the Mapping Historical Dialogues project of the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network.

Robin Barrington is a Badimia Yamaji scholar with an interest in Aboriginal history and transformative education. Currently she is the Academic Learning Designer, Indigenous Curriculum & Pedagogy at Curtin University, a member of its Indigenous Leadership Group and its Indigenous Policy Committee. Her PhD by research is a series of counter-histories that ‘writes back’ to scientific, popular and colonial representations of Yamaji people, in particular the figure of Jaal, a senior leader and lawman also known as King George of Meekatharra. Robin has been a lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University since 2008 where she has also undertaken other roles including acting Dean of Learning and Teaching, and Course Coordinator. Robin is a researcher and advocate on Aboriginal community projects and has published in the Aboriginal History Journal

Jim Cameron is an historical geographer with particular interests in the European occupation of Australia in the nineteenth century and the evolution of the cultural landscapes of rural Australia. He was educated at the University of Western Australian and became Dean of the Faculty of Education at Charles Darwin University. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Ambition’s Fire: the Agricultural Colonization of Pre-Convict Western Australia (1981), The Atlas of Northern Australia (1986), The Millenden Memoirs: George Fletcher Moore’s Western Australian Diaries and Letters, 1830-1841 (2006)

Neil Foley is Managing Director of Planning Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, an urban and regional planning consultancy he established upon leaving the Department of Planning in 2009 after almost 30 years’ service in the State’s planning agencies. Neil also holds qualifications in property, real estate, archives administration and librarianship. He served on the Board of the Swan River Trust between 2003 and 2007. He has been a member of the Waste Authority of Western Australia since 2011, and between 2011 and 2013 he was the Presiding Member of the Metro South-West and the South West Joint Development Assessment Panels established under the Planning and Development Act 2005. Since 2016 he has been a member of the State Records Commission’s State Records Advisory Committee. He currently teaches planning students on a part-time basis at the University of Western Australia.

Andrea Gaynor is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia, where she researches and teaches environmental history. She has published on historical topics as diverse as landscape art and feral cats, and her current environmental history research interests encompass Australia’s southern mallee country, comparative conservation, urban water, urban agriculture, and nature in urban modernity.

Peter Gifford has a doctorate in Australian history from Murdoch University. He is the author of two books and numerous journal articles, and has taught courses in Aboriginal history at Murdoch and the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. In 1993 he was the first ethno-historian appointed by the WA Museum’s Department of Aboriginal Sites; he has compiled numerous Aboriginal heritage reports and has also conducted extensive oral history interviews with Noongar, Yamatji, Banyjima and Martu people.

Pam Harris has a degree in Social Sciences (with Distinction) majoring in Australian History and Politics and a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies. Pam has worked in libraries for over twenty six years, most recently as a librarian with the Heritage Council and the Supreme Court Law Library. For the last ten years Pam has been History Librarian at the Fremantle City Library. Pam has also been actively involved with the Fremantle History Society during this period.

Anthony Lunt is currently the Head of History at Trinity College, East Perth, and a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia.  He has been a high school History teacher for 25 years graduating from UWA with an Honours Degree in History and a Diploma of Education. In 2003 Anthony was ‘Teacher-in-Residence’ at Curtin University.  From 2005 he has been a Marker for the State TEE/WACE History exams, and from 2013 a committee member of the History Teachers’ Association of WA.

Geoff Moor is the part-time Heritage officer at the City of Canning (previously Manager Recreation Services until part retirement). He is a Councillor of National Trust of Australia (WA); past secretary of the local historical society and chair of the metropolitan chapter of MAWA. Has an avid interest in classic motoring and is President of the Council of Motoring Clubs of WA; and is actively involved with the Veteran Car Club (past president at local and federal levels).  Life member VCCWA; past secretary Motor Museum of WA Trust; hon. life member several organisations; Paul Harris Fellow etc. He has a keen interest in Western Australian commercial/retail history.

Samantha Owen is a Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences in the School of Education at Curtin University. Previously she was a Lecturer in History at Curtin University. She is a historian who studies the (re)building of civil society post-1945, with a particular focus on Europe. Her research considers the relationship between nationalism and education. Samantha has a PhD in History (Reading U., UK), MA (History) (U. Pitt.) and BA Hons. (First Class, UWA) (History and Anthropology).

Cindy Solonec is a Nigena from the West Kimberley. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA where she is preparing her PhD thesis for publication. Her research in social history illuminates the ways in which her father a Spanish migrant, in the absence of his heritage in the Kimberley, forged new networks among diverse groups especially Aboriginal people. Since 2000 Cindy has worked in the higher ed sector as both a general and academic staff at ECU, Curtin, Notre Dame (Broome) and UWA. She currently tutors in Indigenous Perspectives in Education at UWA and at ECU.

Pamela Statham Drew lectured in economic history at the University of Western Australia for 42 years retiring as Associate Professor in 2006. She graduated with an honours degree in Economics from Monash University in Victoria and was awarded her doctorate by the University of Western Australia. She has written and edited a number of books on Australian History, including The Origins of Australia’s Capital Cities (1989), James Stirling: admiral and founding governor of Western Australia (2003), Court and Camera: the life and times of AH Stone, a pioneer lawyer and photographer in Perth (2012). She is President of the Friends of Battye Library and a Councillor of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society.