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The WA branch of IPEd grew out of the Society of Editors (WA) Inc., which was founded in 1992 and incorporated in 2000. It had its beginnings in August 1992, when a small group of like-minded people came together, on the suggestion of Robin Appleton of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, to create a society of editors in Western Australia. In those early days, regular meetings were held in Osborne Park offices or in the back rooms of cafes.

Five people made up the inaugural committee and set the course for the future: Edwina Davies Ward (Chairperson), Glynis Traill-Nash (Secretary), Ray Forma (Treasurer and Membership Secretary), Nicola Rycroft (Newsletter and Information), and Terry Richards. The first members that year were Christine Nagel, Amanda Nolan, Helen Bradbury, Greg Brotherson, Kaye Caporn, Betty Durston, Amanda Curtin, Susan Green, Irene Ham-Sauman, James Hansen, Kate Hooper, Nicholai Knuppe, Suzanna Norton, Leo van den Plas, Elizabeth Tuettemann, Allan Watson, Richard Hartzell, Rosanne Dingli, John Smith, Alex Forbes, Beth Leslie, Dennis Haskell and Rob Finlayson. These founder members all worked towards shaping the society in its early years.

Many milestones mark our way. In 1997, the Society of Editors (WA) was the first body of editors in Australia to establish its own website. Bryce Moore, who had also set up the group’s email service the year before, was responsible for its development. In 1998, Alex George was instrumental in arranging a meeting in Melbourne to form the Council of Australian Societies of Editors, which resulted in the landmark, groundbreaking publication The Australian Standards for Editing Practice. In March 2002, Betty Durston had the honour of being appointed the society’s first-ever Honorary Life Member, and in August that same year, the society celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Society of Editors (WA), as an organisation, was already a member of the peak national body IPEd. However, on 1 July 2016, following a majority vote of approval, members of the society transferred to direct membership of a restructured national organisation. The new IPEd is governed by an updated constitution and guided by national policy documents. Editors WA itself is run by its own committee elected by its members according to the constitution of IPEd.

(This summary is largely sourced from speeches given by Rob Finlayson, Anne Surma, Robin Appleton and Glynis Traill-Nash at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Society of Editors WA in 2002 and reproduced in the February 2003 issue of Bookworm.)

Bookworm archives

The former Society of Editors WA regularly published the newsletter Bookworm and continued this in its early days as Editors WA, a branch of IPEd. This newsletter has since been replaced by Gatherings, which is jointly produced by all IPEd branches. You can still view the content of Bookworm archived here.

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