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KHS presented the Royal WA Historical Society 2016 (State) Merit Award

posted 9 Dec 2016, 09:46 by Kununurra Museum   [ updated 9 Dec 2016, 11:51 ]

State History Conference - Armadale WA
2016 RWAHS Merit Award to KHS

 At the Royal WA Historical Society (RWAHS) State History Conference during September, which the KHS President was able to attend for the first time and was greatly surprised that the Royal WA Historical Society (RWAHS) - State-wide Merit Award for 2016 was awarded to the Kununurra Historical Society. The KHS President was delighted to be able to accept the framed award for KHS and express our appreciation to those gathered at the conference. (Our congratulations and our apologies go to runner-up Societies this year, Toodyay and Kalgoorlie ;^)
 
An extract below from the RWAHS Newsletter, History West, in the October 2016 issue...

Congratulations to Kununurra Historical Society!

Kununurra is a remote and isolated location but this does not deter the Society. Despite, or as a result of this remoteness, the Society has made a push to develop its digital resources which have been uploaded onto a very informative website. The website includes a wealth of information about Kununurra, including photographs, local events and news. This year three volunteers recorded 3,330 hours on a variety of tasks, including digitisation of the collection, transcription activities and working on the archives. In dollar terms this work is worth some $116,550. The Museum, which in 2015 was open five days a week, increasing to seven days a week in 2016, attracts a large number of visitors. Over the past year 2,009 people have visited. This year Kununurra celebrates its 30th year in operation. Well done!

Thank you RWAHS!

According to the RWAHS 'History West' website 'Reports and Awards' page only a handful of societies have taken out the RWAHS Merit Award, as follows...

(RWAHS) Affiliated Societies Merit Awards

Carnamah Historical Society [2010?]
Esperance Historical Society [2011?]
Ravensthorpe Historical Society [2012?]
Eastern Goldfields Historical Society [2013?] 
Historical Society of Cockburn [2014?]
Irwin District Historical Society [2015?]

Unfortunately it does not have the year of each award on the RWAHS page [The years above in square brackets are educated guesses] - If KHS was awarded the 2016 award, then perhaps the RWAHS Merit Award only started in 2010?

(Kununurra Historical Society 2016 :^)
 Being as remote as we are (>3000 km from Perth by road) it would have been unlikely to attend without a bursary, which is greatly appreciated by KHS and we thank all involved from RWAHS , especially to Nick Drew, and all who assisted in organising the conference, the travel bursary and for the funding from LotteryWest to attend the conference.
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