BAS History


At a meeting of people interested in art held on the 22nd of April 1959, the Busselton Art Society, as we know it today, was formed. From a foundation meeting of 45 people, The Society has grown to an annual average of over a hundred members.

The Busselton Art Society has held many exhibitions over the years, the first being held in Mitchell Park in January 1960. This event proved so popular that Art in the Park has continued annually and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in Western Australia.

In September 1966, The Society held its first open art exhibition, held biennially until 1988, in which paintings were chosen by an invited judge. The Society then purchased these 58 paintings, adding works acquired by special purchase, donated workshop paintings and a number on permanent loan and now owns close to 120 works of art. From this beginning The Busselton Art Society has an outstanding collection of works of art, which is now the largest private art collection in the South West.

During the nineties, spring and summer exhibitions were introduced and held annually, usually in the Weld Hall.

Our foundation members worked hard to find a "home of our own,” having moved five times in as many years, eventually settling in the Weld Hall in 1965 for twelve years. However, an ever-increasing membership meant The Society needed more space to paint in and space to hang their growing art collection so it had to move again. The Society then occupied the Old Board Rooms in Prince Street for eight years, until the building was demolished.

In 1984 after a total renovation of the Old Police Cottages, 6 Queen Street, using a grant from the WA Heritage Commission, The Busselton Art Society totally renovated and refurbished the Old Police Cottages at 6 Queen Street. This provided The Society with a new gallery and art rooms, which were officially opened by His Excellency, Governor Professor Gordon Reid. 

Founding Members (59) (* still a current member)

Mrs Margaret Johnson-McCormack;

Mr Fred McCormack;
*Mrs Frances Mary Banks;
Mr H Banks; 
Mrs Moira Morton;
Mrs Margaret Prior;
Mrs Vivien Auburn;
Mrs H Dixon;
Mrs A Summers;
Mrs Ellie Fish;
Mr W (Bill) Fish;
Mrs Marjorie Hollands; 
Mrs Jill Millhouse;
Mrs Hamilton;
Mrs Langoulant;
Mrs Falconer;
Mrs Anne Savage;
Mrs AW Dedman
Miss Sue Johnson;
Mrs Faith Hemsley;
Mrs Elsie Piper;
Mrs Nora Breeden;
Mrs Mabel Carter;
Mrs J Robson;
Mrs F Judd; 
Mrs Hope Inglis;
Mrs P Straughan;
Mrs C Doust;
*Mrs Chrys Breeden;
Mr and Mrs Currell;
Mr Robinson;
Mrs Frank Bullock;
Mrs Lamond;
Mrs Thackrab;
Mrs Barbara Cook;
Mrs Harris;
Mrs Girlie Eggleston; 
Mrs Jean D’Espiesis; 
Mrs Hutch;
Miss Muriel Blue;
Miss Pat Inverarity;
Mrs Virginia Wright;
Mrs Gladys Feutrill; 
Mrs Maxine Blue;
Mrs Mavis Lightly;
Mrs Anne McDonald;
Mrs Ellson;
Mr Morgan;
Mr Keith Turner; 
Mrs M O’Grady;
Mrs P O’Connor;
Mrs C Roberts;
Mrs H Smith;
Mr Michael Carroll;
Mrs Elvie Crute



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