Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society

of Western Australia (Inc.)



The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia (Inc) was formed in 1988 with the aim of "providing a self perpetuating organisation for the development and maintenance of artillery heritage within Western Australia."

The principal effort of the Society has been the opening of the wartime tunnels associated with the Leighton 6 inch Gun Battery. The Governor of Western Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, MC, officially opened the facility in November 1997.

Known as the Leighton Battery Heritage Site, the facilities are open for conducted tours by arrangement.

The wartime activities at this site were related to the Coast Artillery Branch, therefore the displays of photographs and memorabilia are oriented mainly to that Branch. Western Australia's Artillery history dates back to 1872. 

Why don't you join us in preserving this area of our past? 

Membership is open to anyone supporting its aims.

The Society sponsors the following programs:

  • Research library
  • Oral history
  • Conservation
  • Photographic Archives 
  • Historical Collection of Artillery weapons and memorabilia.

COMMITTEE  2018 / 2019

President                               David Carter

Vice President                       Graham McKenzie Smith 

Secretary                               John Blylevens

Treasurer                               Neil Lodge

Committee member              Sue Lawrence

Committee member              Matthew Adams

Committee member               Phil Rowson

Curator                                   Don Rae

Special Projects Co-ordinator    Don Rae

IT Consultant                          Stan Davies

Newsletter                               Bob Arnold






 Battery Birthday Dinner

The Battery Birthday Dinner which celebrates the re-establishment of Field Artillery in WA will not be held in July this year due to refurbishment of Hobbs Artillery Park. Instead, for 2019 the Dinner will be held in conjunction with the Feast of St Barbara on December 6th.

 This Dinner celebrates the re-establishment of Field Artillery in Western Australia on 6th July 1948.  On that occasion the RHQ of 3 Field Regiment with “P” Field Battery (later 7 Field Battery) Citizen Military Force was established and was comprised entirely of volunteers. During the past 71 years Artillery in WA has undergone many organisational changes.  Today, 3 Battery, 9 Regiment RAA is the proud successor of the original 1948 Unit and is located in Hobbs Artillery Park.

 Royal Australian Artillery “Gunners Day” Sunday 2nd November 2019

 All Gunners, their families, guests and other interested parties are invited to attend the Annual Gunners Day parade and service at Stirling Square Guildford Sunday 2nd November 2019.

 10:00am: RV at St Matthews Church

10:10am: Parade forms up in Stirling Street.

        Guests and families seated at dais in front of memorial

 Enquiries to Hon Secretary Royal Australian Artillery Association Western Australia (Inc): 0438 695 711

GUNNERS Day has been conducted every year since 1928 in memory of those who fought and fell during WW1 (and subsequent conflicts). It is a special day for remembrance and a great opportunity to catch up with Gunner colleagues.


 The RAA Association will be holding an ALL RANKS dinner on Friday 6th of December to celebrate our Patron Saint of explosives, St Barbara. The Dinner is a fabulous time for catching up with Gunner mates and will incorporate the presentation of the “Best Gunner Award”.

 As indicated under the Battery Birthday above, the invitees for 2019 the Feast of St Barbara will be extended to include all Serving, Retired and Ex members of the Royal Australian Artillery, those who served in RAA units and, partners and guests.

For further information please contact,

Stan Davies 0412973351, Email or

Tom Arnautovic 0419923584, or Peter Rowles 0408926913.





The Leighton Battery Heritage Site is open on a regular basis

 every Sunday of the month 

from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. with tours of the tunnels every half hour.


COST: Adults $8.00 and Children (6 - 16 y.o.) $2.00. 

No Concessions EFTPOS and cash payment.


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ENQUIRIES: Tel  92694544
Post Office Box 881 Claremont
WA 6910

Application Form to join our Association can be dowloaded HERE


Last Updated  June 2019