Royal WA Historical Society exhibition lifts lid on 50,000 years of life in WA


The Bussell writing desk, one of the pieces in the exhibition.
The Bussell writing desk, one of the pieces in the exhibition.

THE Royal WA Historical Society’s latest exhibition tells the story of WA from 50,000 years of Aboriginal life through to now.

Objects, images and stories about Aboriginal life, Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616, Willem de Vlamingh’s visit in 1696 and the Swan River Settlement in 1829 take visitors on a journey of discoveries and re-discoveries.

The exhibition titled Western Land – a journey of discovery and rediscovery, includes information on early colonial life, explorations for agricultural and pastoral lands to support the new colony and the discovery of mineral and energy resources, such as gold, iron ore and oil and gas.

There is also a section on how craft traditions have developed and local plants used to make utensils and personal decorations.

The exhibition is at 49 Broadway, Nedlands and runs all year.