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Joining WASA, will see you become a member of the oldest, most prestigious and recognized art society in Western Australia.

It was at the same time as notable artists like Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were growing in prominence in the Eastern States. This time was also an incredible time of growth in WA with thousands of miners flocking to the West to seek their fortunes by mining gold.

Mr. Bernard Woodward was the President of WASA and alongside his colleagues at that time, Fred Williams, Arthur Bassett and George Pitt Morrison who was also active in the Heidelberg School, also became the first curator of the WA Museum. Other members of WASA included Herbert Gibbs, Lady Forrest (wife of the Premier of WA) and 20 others including James Linton.

Soon this small group lobbied the government of the day to establish the WA Art Gallery and Museum. Eventually this was built and was formally opened in 1901 by the HRH Duke of York.

Soon this small group lobbied the government of the day to establish the WA Art Gallery and Museum. Eventually this was built and was formally opened in 1901 by the HRH Duke of York.

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Alan Pickering