Thursday, 20 June 2022
The Law Society of Western Australia has been awarded a grant of $96,810 from Lotterywest towards the preservation and sharing of Western Australia’s legal cultural heritage. The State Attorney General, the Hon John Quigley MLA formally presented the grant certificate to Law Society President Rebecca Lee yesterday, at the Law Society’s offices.
The funds will be invested in transforming the Old Court House Law Museum, using powerful exhibits to further educate and connect the public to West Australia’s cultural heritage. The project includes the creation of a film on traditional Aboriginal law by respected film maker Taryne Laffar and conservation work on the wooden desk compendium that belonged to William Henry Mackie, the first legal appointee in the Swan River Colony. The grant will also help complete the final stages of a social impact measurement framework which will position the Law Society’s Education and Community Services in a strong position to diversify income and ensure future sustainability.
The Old Court House Law Museum is one of only a handful of law museums in the world. Located in the City of Perth’s oldest building, constructed in 1836, the Museum preserves the history of the law and legal profession in Western Australia and promotes an understanding of the law in the Western Australian community.
The President of the Law Society, Rebecca Lee, said: “I would like to warmly thank Lotterywest for its generous grant. These funds are important to deliver projects and initiatives that will achieve positive and long-lasting outcomes to the benefit for our community. History informs our present and the legal history of Western Australia is interesting and valuable. I encourage Western Australians to visit the Old Court House Law Museum and engage with the exhibit.”
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