Royal Patronage

A petition to His Majesty King George V to act as Patron of the Society was granted via a letter dated 11 March 1914 from Government House, Perth. Now for over 100 years the Society has continued to enjoy Royal Patronage: After George V, who reigned until 1936, there was briefly Edward VIII who abdicated in December 1936, then George VI from 1936 to 1952, followed by Queen Elizabeth II and now King Charles III

Vice Patronages

Since 1914 Vice Patronage has been with successive Governors of the State of Western Australia.

In 2007 Council invited Professor Lyn Beazley, Chief Scientist of Western Australia, as an additional Vice Patron of the Society, a request that was graciously agreed to, and a position she kindly agreed extending after she retired from the position of WA Chief Scientist in 2013.


With consideration to the legal and operational benefits of being a corporate body, RSWA was incorporated 21 January 1937 under The Associations Incorporation Act 1895.