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History

The Western Australia Branch of The Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA) was formed at a meeting of the Federated Retail Jewellers Association of Western Australia, held at Narelle, Hay Street, Perth on Friday 24th February, 1950. Initially all lectures and practical work were conducted at the University of Western Australia.

The Branch had many homes during its first decade and a half of existence, and in mid-1966 tenancy of the Sandover Building at the Royal Agricultural Show Grounds site was confirmed. After working bees fitted out the building, the Show Grounds remained the home of the WA Branch until a decision was made in 1996 to purchase premises in Claremont, which are now owned by GAA (WA Div)Inc and used for our educational programs and member activities.

The Western Australia Division is enthusiastic about maintaining their long standing tradition in promoting the scientific study of gemstones to students and general public alike.