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  2014 / 2015

President                               David Carter

Vice President                       Graham McKenzie Smith 

Secretary                               John Blylevens

Treasurer                               Neil Lodge

Assist. Sec/Treas                   Sue Lawrence

Committee member              Matthew Adams

Committee member               Phil Rowson

Curator                                   Don Rae

Special Projects Co-ordinator    Don Rae

IT Consultant                          Stan Davies

Newsletter                               John O'Brien

Hon Auditor                            Hugh Zimmerman




ANZAC DAY – 25 April 2016

March through Perth
Form up time will be at 0900hrs.
Please refer to The West Australian for location details for this year’s march.
Please remember to wear your beret.
All are invited to attend the Anzac Day function at Hobbs Artillery Park after the parade.

Details to follow via this website email or mail out



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 and we can not accept Credit Cards.


30th Jan     27th Feb     26th Mar     30th Apr

28tht May     25th Jun     30th Jul     27th Aug

29tth Sep     29th Oct    26th Nov     31st Dec




ENQUIRIES: Tel  92694544
Post Office Box 881 Claremont
WA 6910


Last Updated  May 2016