The Society was formed in 1990 to preserve Bridgetown's unique history, and is the custodian of photographs and ephemera relating to Bridgetown and surrounding areas.
Geographical and cultural context
Bridgetown is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 270 kilometres (168 mi) south of Perth on the Blackwood River. It is one of eight heritage listed towns in Western Australia and, as such, it is important to preserve the history of the town and its people.
Mandates/Sources of authority
The Society's objectives are:
- To encourage the study and writing of Bridgetown's history.
- To collect, classify and preserve Bridgetown's records.
- To share information amongst the members by readings, discussions, lectures and exhibitions of historical material.
- To promote public support of the preservation of historical relics and recognition of notable anniversaries.
- To establish and maintain a museum in Bridgetown.
- To publish articles/selected records/publications approved by the Society.
- To fund, subsidise or contribute to any institution, scholarship or prize, which meets these objectives.
Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and four ordinary committee members. All are volunteers with no salaried staff.
Records management and collecting policies
Records and photographs are being digitised onto MOSAiC software. All donations are accessioned and will be available through MOSAiC once digitised.
Yornup School House Bridgetown Police Station Museum 1880.
Photographs and ephemera of Bridgetown, local newspapers, log books, local history books and local family memoirs.
Finding aids, guides and publications
Currently this is only possible by email or coming into the Bridgetown Historical Society office (Yornup School).