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 programmes:

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

COMMITTEE  2017 / 2018

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

Hon Auditor                            Hugh Zimmerman








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 4th November 2018.


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

10:15am: Parade steps off, left onto footpath alongside Meadow Street, past the saluting dais then left into memorial

10:25am: Wreath Laying Ceremony

10:45am: Gunner’s Day Service in St Matthews Church

11:30am: Light Luncheon in the Church Hall

12.00pm: Camaraderie at the Rose & Crown Hotel Guildford


Parade led by Australian Army Band Perth, Gunners past and present, serving Officers and Soldiers of 3 Battery RAA and members of the Australian Cadet Corps.


Service will be conducted by the Right Reverand Jeremy James and Reverend Katrina Holgate


Guests include Members of Parliament, Local Government, R&SL and other Associations.


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 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 Visa/Master cards and cash payment.


27th Jan     24th Feb     31st Mar     28th Apr

26tht May     30th Jun     28th Jul     25th Aug

27th Sep     27th Oct    24th Nov     29th Dec




ENQUIRIES: Tel  92694544
Post Office Box 881 Claremont
WA 6910


Last Updated  Apr 2017